05/19/2008 11:13 AM Real Detroit Weekly - 10 Great Outdoor Dining Spots Page 1 of 6 http://www.realdetroitweekly.com/printer_4162.shtml From RealDetroitWeekly.com FEATURES 10 Great Outdoor Dining Spots By Travis R. Wright May 6, 2008, 11:08 10 Great Outdoor Dining Spots Everything Under The Sun Finally the gods are smiling on us 4 the grass is green again, the birds back and the sun, for the most part, is shining. That could only mean one thing 4 it 9s time for some serious outdoor dining, foodios.
Here 9s a brief guide to some of the best outdoor eateries in the area. There are so may great open-air eateries in town, so this list isn't all- inclusive (we could do an entire issue on it), but we hope this ties you over. Beach Grill Sitting on one of those cool little canals on Jefferson Ave.
in St. Clair Shores, The Beach Grill is one of a kind. When it comes to grabbing a bite beneath a bright blue sky or starry night, Beach Grill has what it takes to accommodate just about any size party and any practiced palate.
Boasting over 5,000 square feet of outdoor space, Beach Grill has a menu that won 9t break the ... more. less.
bank but might overwhelm you with options. Suggested Dish: Blackened Swordfish Steak 4 a bit of kick and one hell of a zip sauce! Life 9s a beach: beachgrillrestaurantandresort.com Big Rock Chop House With their serene setting landscaped ever-so lovely, their award- winning wine list and brewery, stellar service and mouthwatering hand-cut aged steaks, the Stone Terrace at Big Rock has to be one of the best places to enjoy fine dining outdoors.<br><br> Sure, they have live entertainment, but part of what makes the scene at Big Rock are the guests you 9re dining with. Is that Chauncey and Rip sharing a glass of chianti? Aww, how cute.<br><br> Suggested Dish: Big Rock Bone-in Filet: This specialty of the house weighs in at 14-ounces and comes with sautéed Swiss chard and white cheddar-roasted garlic mashed spuds 4 comfort food doesn 9t even come close to describing the experience. Chopping block: bigrockchophouse.com Cheli's Chili Bar You know the great thing about Cheli 9s Chili Bar is that though sports come first and, in all honesty, drinking might come in second, they don 9t skip a beat on the top notch bar food finds. The deck at Cheli 9s might also be one of the best spots in The D to check out a Tigers game, as it serves as the farthest upper deck available, but with better food and cheaper beer.<br><br> It 9s a casual spot that ensures a fun time with friends along with some really savory edibles 4 be sure to check out their Smokehouse Specialties. Suggested Dish: Bread bowl of Cheli 9s Original Chili 4 top it off with some cheese or sour cream and some chopped onion. 05/19/2008 11:13 AM Real Detroit Weekly - 10 Great Outdoor Dining Spots Page 2 of 6 http://www.realdetroitweekly.com/printer_4162.shtml Slap shot: chelischilibar.com/Detroit Como 9s Restaurant & Pizzeria One of the most lively patios in the metro-Detroit area has to be that belonging to Como 9s in Ferndale.<br><br> There 9s always an energetic vibe buzzing throughout the place, always laughter to be heard, drinks to be had and pizzas to devour. Como 9s patio is also a melting pot of the area, as its inhabitants come from all walks of life and unite for the single cause of socialization and imbibition. Young and old, straight, gay, black, white or Arab, it never matters, just don 9t steal my pizza, bro!<br><br> Suggested Dish: A big old pizza with anything you want on it ... and maybe a calamari appetizer, too. Slice it up: 248.548.5005 Fishbones (St.<br><br> Clair Shores) Throughout the year, Fishbones offers partying pleasure by way of events like their first Hot Dog Eating Contest, the Music & Brew Fest and their annual Mardi Gras party, but when the sun is shining and your stomach is rumbling, this Eastside seafood paradise is the place to be. For as long as we here at RDW can remember, Fishbones has had one of the most loyal customer bases in town, so it 9s a good thing they have a patio large enough to hold everyone. Suggested Dish: Snapper Beausoleil 4 Grilled yellow tail snapper, shrimp and scallops topped with sautéed mushrooms and scallions.<br><br> Nothin' fishy 8bout it: fishbonesusa.com La Dolce Vita Welcome back to La Dolce Vita 4 easily the most unassuming, and thus overlooked, outdoor dining spot in Detroit. Seriously, if you don 9t know this quaint little Italian bistro by now, we have to critically evaluate your allegiance to the ci ty. LDV has it all 4 the music, the food, the flowers, the service and the sun.<br><br> You won 9t be paying ghetto prices at this Six Mile and Woodward eatery, but you will leave with a new found respect for ambiguity and your wallet won 9t be completely empty. Actually, we take that back, after you pay for valet it will be ... but it 9ll be worth it, we promise.<br><br> Suggested Dish: Eggplant Parmesan 4 very fresh flavors, no food coma. Contactio: 313.865.0331 Memphis Smoke The picnic you 9ve always wanted awaits you on the roof of Memphis Smoke in Royal Oak. You have picnic tables large enough to hold you and your best friends, you have full access to their killer southern barbeque fare, you have beer being brought out to you, TVs to entertain you and all the eye candy one iris can handle.<br><br> Once you get over the fact that you 9re getting plasticware you 9ll feel right at home & well, at home in the backyard out on the deck anyway. And when the sun goes down things really start to get interesting out there 4 check it out for yourself. Suggested Dish: Anything swimming in sauce & with a side of sweet potato fries.<br><br> Beale St. blues: metrodine.com/memphissmoke Portofino Where else do you have the choice of pulling up to the restaurant in your boat or pulling up your car and 05/19/2008 11:13 AM Real Detroit Weekly - 10 Great Outdoor Dining Spots Page 3 of 6 http://www.realdetroitweekly.com/printer_4162.shtml taking a river tour on their boat? I 9m hard-pressed to find another, especially another as tasteful as Portofino.<br><br> This Wyandotte hot spot will host their patio opening celebration on Memorial Day, so mark your calendar now. Portofino lucked out with an amazing location, but add in the perfect deck and efficient and friendly staff, not to mention a menu that stands up with the big boys downtown and you have the recipe for a new summer tradition. Suggested Dish: Parmesan Encrusted Salmon 4 healthy, savory & filling.<br><br> Rollin 9 on the river: portofinoontheriver.com The Rattlesnake Club Remember those cbig boys d I mentioned above? Well, The Rattlesnake is one of the biggest of 8em all. The acclaim for The Rattlesnake is infamous 4 it 9s one super swanky spot to be sure.<br><br> But one thing that can't be overlooked no matter what kinda bacon you're bringing in is the fact that they have some truly unbelievable outdoor dining 4 overseeing the Detroit river and Windsor, no less. On a warm night with a gentle breeze and your true love siting across from you, I 9m certain you'll all agree that this open-air eatery provides one of the most romantic meals found in the city of Detroit. Really, it's t hat perfect.<br><br> Suggested Dish: We suggest you don 9t skimp on anything. Got that tax return/incentive check from the Fed? You 9ll need it.<br><br> Take a bite: rattlesnakeclub.com Slows Bar BQ In Corktown we trust. Hailed by hipsters, hip-hopsters and hip-replacementster Grandpas alike, Slows Bar BQ has some of the best barbeque this side of the Mason-Dixon line and also offers us one of the best patios within the 313. There 9s always an eclectic mix of customers, it 9s always busy and the food is always worthy of a long dining experience.<br><br> With cold beer, good friends and the urban vibe you 9ve been looking for, Slows is definitely a one-of-a-kind spot, one to bring out-of- towners to. Goin 9 to a show at The Lager? Hit up Slows beforehand and make it a Michigan Ave.<br><br> kinda night. Suggested Dish: The Yardbird 4 Applewood smoked bacon, pulled chicken, sauteed mushrooms and a slice of cheddar with Slows Mustard Sauce on a big bun. You 9ll need to go to the gym the next day.<br><br> | RDW High spirits: slowsbarbq.com 05/19/2008 11:13 AM Real Detroit Weekly - 10 Great Outdoor Dining Spots Page 4 of 6 http://www.realdetroitweekly.com/printer_4162.shtml 05/19/2008 11:13 AM Real Detroit Weekly - 10 Great Outdoor Dining Spots Page 5 of 6 http://www.realdetroitweekly.com/printer_4162.shtml 05/19/2008 11:13 AM Real Detroit Weekly - 10 Great Outdoor Dining Spots Page 6 of 6 http://www.realdetroitweekly.com/printer_4162.shtml © Copyright by RealDetroitWeekly.com