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Outdoor Dining Delights in LaPorte County

With soft breezes, warm temperatures, and sunny days, summertime in Northern Indiana is a season to celebrate. Restaurants in LaPorte County, particularly in Michigan City and LaPorte, are eagerly welcoming back patrons to their spruced-up patios and decks. These eateries offer a diverse array of outdoor dining options, perfect for enjoying the beautiful weather and scenic views, whether you’re a returning friend or a new visitor.

Uptown charm

Michigan City’s Uptown Arts District and LaPorte’s charming downtown are the places to be for great patio dining experiences:

  • Leeds Public House, Michigan City: A trendy gastropub with delicacies such as hanger steak, lamb chops, and a special LPH burger made from short rib, brisket, and chuck, best enjoyed with a craft beer from a local brewery.
  • Shoreline Brewery & Restaurant, Michigan City: Known for its award-winning brews, Shoreline pairs these with classy entrees and upscale pub food in a beautiful outdoor setting.
  • Café Farina, Michigan City: This quaint café offers Italian dishes made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. The serene outdoor seating area is adorned with greenery, perfect for a relaxed meal.
  • Bare Bones Gastropub, LaPorte: A family-friendly pub focusing on quality, locally-sourced ingredients and a great selection of local beers. The laid-back atmosphere and hearty menu make it a great spot to unwind.
  • Fresco, LaPorte: Offering fresh, healthy, made-to-order meals, including gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. The vibrant patio is ideal for enjoying farm-to-table dishes.
  • Bon Viet, LaPorte: Specializing in authentic Vietnamese cuisine, this restaurant’s tranquil outdoor area is perfect for savoring pho, banh mi, and fresh spring rolls.
  • Red Door Fire Kitchen & Lounge, LaPorte: With a cozy patio area, this spot combines American comfort food with innovative dishes, perfect for a relaxing evening.
  • Tony’s Table, LaPorte: A must-visit for anyone looking to enjoy a delicious meal in a charming setting. Start your day with a hearty breakfast or enjoy a leisurely lunch on the patio, and experience the delightful offerings.

scenic waterfront views

Enjoying a meal with views of Lake Michigan or Pine Lake enhances the outdoor dining experience:

  • Drift on Pine, LaPorte: Located on the shores of Pine Lake, this eatery offers picturesque views and a menu featuring fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.
  • Boardwalk Beach Bar & Grille/T-Bones at Pier 11, LaPorte: These companion restaurants offer lakeside dining with a menu ranging from burgers and nachos to succulent steaks and seafood.
  • Bridges Waterside Grille, Michigan City: This casual spot features patio dining with a fun menu catering to “Meat Heads, Veg Heads, and Fish Heads,” along with plenty of brews and cocktails.
  • Fish Camp, Michigan City: Known for its raw bar and seafood dishes, Fish Camp offers an upscale dining experience with stunning views of the Lake Michigan Harbor.
  • Matey’s Bar & Restaurant, Michigan City: With a Tiki Deck that feels like the Florida Keys, Matey’s serves delicious burgers, baskets, and their signature beer-battered perch.
  • Sunset Grille, Michigan City: Located at Washington Park beach, this spot offers one of the best views of Lake Michigan and serves up burgers, hot dogs, and local beers.

Golfside Dining

LaPorte County’s pristine golf courses offer not just great play but also excellent dining:

  • Portofino Grill, LaPorte: Situated at Briar Leaf Golf Club, this upscale restaurant features an extensive menu and a veranda with expansive views of the course.
  • Bistro on the Greens, LaPorte: Overlooking the Legacy Hills Golf Course, this restaurant offers Southern comfort food with a sophisticated twist, alongside traditional Midwestern fare.

Longtime favorites

Beloved local spots continue to draw diners with their casual, comforting menus:

  • Carlson’s, Michigan City: Known for its old-fashioned drive-in style, Carlson’s serves hearty American favorites, including burgers, hot dogs, and root beer floats.
  • Albano’s Villa, Michigan City and LaPorte: A favorite for pizza lovers since 1957, Albano’s offers family recipes from Sicily, thin crust pizzas, and house-made sausage.
  • Swingbelly’s, Michigan City: This family favorite features a bountiful menu with patio dining, offering everything from Reubens to ribs.
  • 3rd Base Bar and Grill, LaPorte: A fun, casual spot with a baseball-themed menu, perfect for enjoying burgers, sandwiches, and nachos.
  • Waterford Inn, LaPorte: With recent renovations including a new patio overlooking a scenic pond, this inn offers a relaxed atmosphere and quality food.

bountiful breakfast

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at this local favorite:

  • Sophia’s House of Pancakes, Michigan City: A popular spot for delicious breakfasts, featuring pancakes, omelets, and other tempting fare, with outdoor seating available.

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