As the captivating fall season descends on Michigan, outdoor eating becomes a sought-after luxury. In Hillsdale County, many restaurants offer outdoor seating, but a few distinguish from the rest.
Here’s a list of some of the best joints in town, based on the deliciousness, beauty, and economic considerations of these restaurants.
Saucy Dog’s is a hardcore American barbecue. They serve burgers, hot dogs, wings, ribs, you name it. With fantastic pricing (including $0.50 wings on Tuesdays and $10.99 Alaskan cod, chips, and coleslaw on Fridays) and a good selection of outdoor seating, Saucy Dog’s serves as one of the best outdoor grills in Hillsdale County.
Coneys and Swirls
This small ice cream and coney mixer is located in the heart of downtown Hillsdale, making it a great location for college students to gather. It offers a few tables of outdoor seating, but don’t let its size scare you– the $4.50 double cheeseburger will make you forget your Bon Appetit meal plan.
The Deck Down Under
This restaurant sits on the fancier side of the dining spectrum. It serves absurdly addictive pizza for the simple food-lovers along with a multitude of seafood dishes for college students willing to experiment. While the prices will be slightly higher than others on this list, the artisan food is well worth the few extra dollars.
This roadhouse restaurant has arguably the best ambiance in all of Hillsdale County, along with great patio seating. They serve anything from pizza and spaghetti to Mexican food. The atmosphere and quality of the food provide great value for the cost. This is an essential date night spot for any serious Hillsdale couple.
The Outpost Grill
As a sanctuary for the classic American burger and fries, The Outpost Grill has done the job and done it well. Grabbing a 20 oz. shake for $2.99 to help wash it down isn’t a bad idea either. This lesser-known restaurant combines the typical grill with low prices and convenient outdoor seating to create something special for Hillsdale County.