Southwest Michigan is well-known and admired for its many wineries, orchards, and farmers markets. In fact, these attributes contribute to another fabulous feature – incredible area restaurants. Farm-to-table dining is popular here as local chefs and restaurants utilize fresh produce from their own gardens and area farms. The result is an array of delectable and beautiful dishes. Many eateries also recommend the perfect Michigan wine to pair with your meal. Savor the flavors in the fresh air and warm temps as you dine outdoors this summer. Here are our favorite outdoor dining spots in Plainwell and Allegan, MI.
Dog and the Bank (Plainwell)
With a unique name like Dog and the Bank, you have to wonder what this place is all about. Dog and the Bank is a modern American restaurant. Owners, Chef Matt Bush and wife Allison Maxwell, work together to create fresh, local, and seasonal fare. They also offer a full bar that includes craft beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. Stop by to enjoy a summery meal on the patio for brunch, lunch, or dinner. You won’t be disappointed! Closed Mondays.
200 E Bridge St, Plainwell, MI 49080
Four Roses (Plainwell)
Four Roses is casual fine dining restaurant featuring locally sourced and freshly prepared food. They also pride themselves on outstanding guest service. You will discover a seasonally-changing menu of delicious options as well as 14 rotating taps full of Michigan craft beers. Michigan wines are also available. Closed Sundays and Mondays.
Location: 663 North 10th St, Gun Plain Township, MI 49080
Grill House (Allegan)
Grill House, a popular spot in Allegan for steak, offers both a Pub menu (starters, salads, soups, and fried goodies) and a Grill menu (appetizers, entrees, and desserts). Steak lovers, you can choose your favorite steak from the meat cooler and grill it yourself! The Tiki Bar is heated and open Fridays and Saturdays from 4pm to close. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Reservations accepted.
Location: 1071 32nd St, Allegan, MI 49010
Schaendorf Brewing Company (Allegan)
Home to a family of farmers, brewers, and food lovers, Schaendorf Brewing Company is a second generation of local family dairy farmers that serve up authentic, farm-to-table cuisine and handcrafted beer. Enjoy a bit of history at their late-1800s building. Their menu features a creative Lunch Mix & Match option that includes savory seafood dip and fried asparagus. Choose from delicious apps, salads, handhelds, burgers, sides, and entrees. Their beer on tap is available in growlers and cans to go, and includes light, malty, and hoppy options. Wine, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages are also available. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. No reservations.
Location: 420 Water St, Allegan, MI 49010
Tantrick Brewing Company (Allegan)
Tantrick’s taproom and kitchen are both open 7 days per week for lunch and dinner. Beautiful located on the Allegan Riverfront, Tantrick’s menu offers shareables, like Truffle Fries, salads, wraps (try the Drunken Chicken Wrap), burgers, plates, and dessert. The beer on tap list features IPAs, stouts, ales, and porters, with flavors that range from coffee and chocolate to citrus and Bergamot. There’s something for everyone!
Location: 243 Hubbard St. Allegan, Michigan
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