by Leslie P & Robin B
Outdoor dining in the summer is one way to enjoy the beautiful Michigan weather. While patio dining may only be an option for a few months out of the year, we have great, kid-friendly locations right here in Kalamazoo.
Check out the list of our top choices:
OUTDOOR DINING FOR KIDS & FAMILIES
701 E Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo | 269-276-0458
You can sit outside right next to the Kalamazoo River while eating at Arcadia Brewery in downtown Kalamazoo. Kid’s meals start at $5 with choices like grilled cheese and macaroni and cheese.
3251 W Centre Avenue, Portage | 269-492-3500
Centre Street Tap House in Portage has a patio option to enjoy the nice days. Fun dining options for kids include “breads & spreads” with peanut butter, jelly and marshmallow and favorites such as sliders, grilled cheese and chicken fingers.
(Photo courtesy of Latitude 42 Brewing Company)
7842 Portage Road, Portage | 269-459-4242
Latitude 42 offers an outdoor patio in the back. While you wait for your food, just around the corner inside is a small play area for kids with toys, kitchen set and chalkboard. Latitude 42 also offers a full kids menu complete with entrée, drink, side and even dessert!
3970 West Centre Avenue, Portage | 269-321-8480
Offering a Kid’s Menu with favorites such as pizza, chicken fingers and mac-n-cheese, Fieldstone Grill in Portage has an outdoor patio. From the outdoor space you can view the beautiful scenery near the Moorsbridge area.
153 W Centre Avenue, Kalamazoo | 269-327-6000
Located at the corner of Centre Avenue and Shaver Road in Portage, LoDo Company offers a nice outdoor space and a full kid’s menu. If you stop in on a Tuesday, one free kids meal with the purchase of two adult meals.
7141 South Westnedge Ave., Portage | 269-888-2228
Opened in the spring of 2016, Monelli’s is a family-friendly restaurant with a patio located outside. The kid’s menu has Italian fare (spaghetti, fettucine, pizza) as well as other favorites such as chicken tenders. Kids meals are served with a cookie and start around $5.
7638 S. Westnedge Ave., Portage | 269-321-2121
JAC’s offers a variety of casual meals, with an emphasis on pizza. Outdoor patio seating is spacious and shaded.
209 S Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, MI | 269-226-3333 &
3112 S. 9th Street, Kalamazoo | 269-372-4600
Visit Mangia Mangia on the Kalamazoo Mall or at their other location, Mangia Pizza and Pasta Co. on 9th Street. Both locations offer a full “Little Bambinos” menu, outdoor dining and a $3.50 spaghetti special valid on Sundays at the 9th Street location and on Mondays at the downtown Kalamazoo location.
832 S Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo | 269-388-8883
Martini’s Pizza is a classic stop located in the Vine neighborhood downtown Kalamazoo. Enjoy their beautiful patio while you and your kids enjoy pizza, sandwiches, appetizers and desserts offered on their menu.
717 E Bridge Street, Plainwell | 269-204-6601
Listed on the national registry of historic places, Old Mill Brewpub and Grill is a full service restaurant and brewery that was once a flour mill. Located in Plainwell, the pub offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, entrees and appetizers, as well as a full kid’s menu.
1332 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo | 269-345-7990
Right next to Western Michigan University’s campus is the University Roadhouse restaurant. You can sit outside on their large patio and enjoy the campus-area views. Bring the kids in Monday or Tuesday and they can eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée!
139 West Michigan Ave., Paw Paw | 269-657-7033
La Cantina in Paw Paw offers Italian food in a fun and casual atmosphere. The spacious lowel-level patio overlooks the waterfalls. In the summer months, La Cantina has music on the patio. Stop in on Tuesday’s for their $3.50 spaghetti past night.
(photo courtesy of Tara Fletcher Photography)
4400 S Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo | 269-349-7361 &
3100 Portage Street, Kalamazoo | 269-345-4418
Kalamazoo has two Root Beer Stand locations. Your kids may enjoy the experience of “car dining” while enjoying their root beer, hot dogs and chips.
9138 Portage Road, Portage | 269-327-5985
Situated with views of West Lake, this car-dining drive-In features American-style fare. Kids can enjoy a hamburger and French-fries. West Lake Drive-in is open seasonally, Tuesday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Cash-only.
Let us know if we missed your favorite kid-friendly, outdoor dining location!