Borrowed from the Italian phrase for “in the cool/fresh air,” al fresco dining became increasingly popular in the last few years as an alternative way to dine while maintaining social distancing practices. Since 2020, throughout the county outdoor dining options have gained traction with places with New York City increasing outdoor dining options by 1,000 percent.
In Flint & Genesee there are plenty of places where locals and visitors can experience al fresco dining in the summer with patio and sidewalk seating available.
Here are a few of the places you can dine outdoors in Flint & Genesee:
The 411 Pub
In Goodrich, The 411 Pub is a restaurant and bar featuring craft beer, cocktails and great food. The local establishment also has a great outdoor patio for guests to dine al fresco.
The Agitated Grape Bar & Bistro
In Davison, this local bar exclusively features Michigan beer, wine, whisky and cocktails. Known for its huge bloody marys, the local establishment offers outdoor seating on its patio.
In downtown Flint, Blackstone’s Smokehouse offers outdoor seating out front of its Saginaw Street location and features great drinks and food including house-smoked barbeque and wood-fired pizzas.
Blondie’s Food & Spirits
Local favorite, Blondie’s Food & Spirits, boasts an extensive menu including vegetarian and vegan options and which can be experienced on their outdoor patio.
Churchill’s Food & Spirits
A Flint institution, Churchill’s offers an upscale bar menu and features the city’s largest whiskey menu. With a small outdoor dining section, visitors can experience the vibe of downtown while sipping on an Old Fashioned.
Da Edoardo North
In Grand Blanc, Da Edoardo North is an upscale Italian restaurant featuring a large menu of classic favorites along with beer, wine and cocktail options from its full bar. The location also has outdoor dining on its patio.
Fenton Fire Hall
A part of the Union Joints, the Fenton Fire Hall serves up amazing food and drinks featuring delicious barbeque and the Union’s award-winning mac and cheese. The Fenton Fire Hall has multiple outdoor spaces including two patios and a rooftop bar looking over downtown Fenton.
Kathy’s Restaurant & Lounge
In the historic town of Flushing, Kathy’s is a local favorite. The local downtown restaurant features great food and drinks and has outdoor seating with great views of Flushing’s main street.
With a newly paved outdoor patio, the Laundry in Fenton is a great place to go for brunch or dinner in the fresh air. The local restaurant has several outdoor seating areas both covered and uncovered making is a great place for sun and shade lovers.
Little Joe’s Tavern
Located in downtown Grand Blanc, Little Joe’s has a long history in the area. Opened in July of 1935, the family restaurant serves great drinks and food and has seasonal outdoor seating.
Ponemah Lakeside Lounge
In Fenton, Ponemah Lakeside Lounge located on Lake Ponemah provides picturesque views of the lake on its back patio and is a great place to dock up and grab a bite to eat and a drink after hanging out on the lake.
Simmer Rooftop Lounge
Flint’s tallest rooftop bar, Simmer Rooftop Lounge located at the Hilton Garden Inn Flint Downtown, offers an open-air, seasonal bar with a focus on craft cocktails and farm-to-table bites. The restaurant and bar bring a great dining experience with a greater view.
Find more outdoor dining options in Flint & Genesee in the restaurants section of ExploreFlintandGenesee.org.