With summer in full swing, people want to take in the beautiful weather whenever possible. As Wisconsinites know, summer is only here for so long and outdoor dining is a great way to take advantage of season.
Dining critic Ann Christenson agrees: "We have such a short amount of time to really enjoy it. So this is that precious time that we can...enjoy outdoor dining."
In an article in July's Milwaukee Magazine, Christenson highlights a few of the appealing restaurant patios in the Milwaukee area featuring scenic views, intimate atmospheres, and locally-sourced ingredients.
2300 Pilgrim Square Dr., Brookfield (262) 784-7275
Featuring their own on-site farm, ParkSide 23 takes the farm-to-table concept to another level. With a terrace-like patio with umbrella-top tables and lots of flowers and shrubs, Christenson says the atmosphere "feels intimate and quiet." ParkSide 23 also offers an immersive farm dinner program in which diners can take a guided tour of the farm and eat a five-course meal.
1101 S. Second St. (414) 212-8843
Milwaukee diners may be familiar with the big rooftop patios at Cafe Benelux or the Outsider at the Kimpton, but Braise also features a quaint rooftop patio. Christenson says the patio is a "charming little space," especially at night, when "you can see the Hoan Bridge and the sun setting." The rooftop patio also gives diners a glimpse into Braise's farm - or roof - to-table mentality, showcasing their herbal gardens and beekeeping pods.
125 E. National Ave. (414) 389-0125
The outdoor dining at La Merenda is more than just a little patio, according to Christenson, as they offer covered or uncovered dining and a lounge area with a fireplace. One of the first restaruants to bring tapas and small plate cuisine to Milwaukee, La Merenda features a menu full of international cuisine. In addition to the worldly cuisine, La Merenda also makes their own sodas.