KOSCIUSKO — As the last full month of summer sets upon us, opportunities to enjoy outdoor dining dwindle as sure as the days get shorter. In a summer already limited by less than ideal weather, grabbing a bite or two under the sky while the weather is still balmy becomes a priority for those of us wishing to enjoy the warmer weather while we still can.
Following are two locations that offer outdoor dining for the whole family, giving us a brief respite as we strive hopelessly to stave off the end of summer.
Located next door to Cerulean Restaurant in the Village of Winona, 1101 E. Canal St., the Garden consists of a main bar area, 21 and over only, and a separate general seating area on their patio for all ages.
It’s a burger lover’s dream come true, offering variations on this classic sandwich such as the chicken burger, the sitka salmon burger, the duck burger and the lamb burger. And traditionalists have no fear — the Garden hasn’t forsaken you as a beef burger is also included on the menu.
Pork belly tacos and braised pork are also available along with a small side menu and weekly dessert special.
The kids will be happy, too, as the Garden has grilled items sure to satisfy even the most discerning of our youngest generation.
For liquid refreshment, try their daiquiri. It’s served in a Mason jar and simply put, it might be the best cocktail you have this summer.
The outdoor sibling to the Pier Restaurant at Syracuse’s Oakwood Resort, 702 E. Lake View Road, the Back Porch presents diners with the opportunity to dine lakeside on Indiana’s largest natural lake.
Located at the northwest corner of Lake Wawasee, the Back Porch’s exquisite dining options are only matched by the views offered from its tables.
While many of the dishes on the menu are most certainly high end, the atmosphere is anything but as a relaxed and casual feel dominates the laid back crowd, reflecting the lake lifestyle that draws people to this area year after year.
Catch a glimpse of the sunset, watch the boats dock and then take a stroll around the resort grounds to walk off some of your dinner. You’ll be reminded of why visitors come to this area every summer and why many of us are lucky enough to call it “home.”