by Leslie P
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 only $3 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.
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.
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!
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, kids can eat free with the purchase of an adult meal.
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 new 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 in 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.
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.
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 Sunday through Wednesday and they can eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée!
Let us know if we missed your favorite kid-friendly, outdoor dining location!