In the interest of helping Dublin, Ohio visitors learn more about popular local family friendly eateries (and good deals), we periodically feature guest posts by Dawn Scheurle, creator of the popular site: www.kidseatout.com. This is part two of a post on great local patio dining.

I love patio dining. Fortunately, the Dublin area offers plenty of pleasant patios for those of us who prefer outdoor restaurant dining. Here are some of the best (in my opinion) …

  • Max & Erma’s (Frantz Rd. location) ~ This patio is tucked behind the restaurant and is surrounded by a split-rail fence separating it from the pond. The kids will be entertained watching the geese and little birds that come to snatch any food that happens to fall on the ground.
  • La Chatelaine ~ This great street-side patio with it’s flower boxes along the wrought iron fencing is a perfect compliment to this French inspired cafe, bistro, bakery. Bonus: great location for people-watching in Historic Dublin.
  • Brazenhead ~ Great casual bar/restaurant patio in Historic Dublin alongside North High St. (Dublin Rd.). It always seems to be buzzing with a lively bunch of patrons. Bonus: Wednesday night is $3 burger night! (Get there early. It fills up quickly!)
  • Bravo ~ Another favorite. It’s on the parking lot but raised up with pretty landscaping and trees to separate it so you don’t really notice. It is on the west side of the building so you get the afternoon sun which can be good or bad depending on the temperature!
  • Las Margaritas ~ We love to eat our chips and salsa outside! (Not to mention sip our margaritas!) The stone half-wall separates this patio from most street noise so you can sit back and enjoy.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings ~ Nice large patio with trees for shade rather than umbrellas. The casual atmosphere makes this a great place to take the kids too!
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise (Hilliard) ~ We like this patio because it makes us feel like we are on vacation! It is connected to the restaurant which has open walls, music, palm trees and a Jimmy Buffet casual island feel. The kiddos enjoy it as much as the grown-ups!
  • Sunny Street Cafe (Hospital Drive location) ~ New! They have just added a little patio out front of the restaurant on the walkway. It’s on the parking lot so you do get traffic going by but it’s kind of a fun place to sit and enjoy your coffee and breakfast!
  • Hoggy’s (Sawmill Rd) ~ Covered patio along the sidewalk of the strip mall. A nice place to enjoy your BBQ al fresco!
  • Joe’s Original and American Pub ~ Right around the corner from Hoggy’s but on the sunny west side of the building. Nothing fancy, but who needs fancy all the time?  🙂
  • Joe’s Crab Shack ~ You are in the middle of a strip mall parking lot but it doesn’t really feel that way. They have a  playground for the kids to keep them busy while you wait for your food! Very casual and relaxed.

There are a few places that offer outside seating for you once you have picked up your food. These include: Potbelly Sandwich Works, Noodles & Company, Bruegger’s Bagels, Panera, Einstein’s Bagels, Chipotle (Sawmill Rd) and Tuula’s European Cafe.

If there’s a great patio out there that I missed, please share! There’s a whole lot of patio season left to go!

-Post by Dawn Scheurle

In the interest of helping Dublin, Ohio visitors learn more about popular local family friendly eateries (and good deals), we periodically feature guest posts by Dawn Scheurle, creator of the popular site: www.kidseatout.com. This is part one of a two-part post on great local patio dining.

I admit it. I’m a patio junkie.  When the weather begins to turn warm, you’ll never find me inside a restaurant, if I have any say in the matter. You just need to tally up the amount of time I have spent waiting to get a seat on the patio to see that I am not alone in my addiction!  Lucky for all of us, there are many ‘al fresco’ dining options in and around Dublin–ranging from the beautifully designed and landscaped, to those with just a few wrought iron tables and chairs on the front sidewalk.  If you want to eat outside this summer, check out this list.  🙂

  • Oscar’s ~ Two tiered, patio and deck seating, on N. High St. in  Historic Dublin. You get a little traffic noise, but the quaint downtown setting and street-side, trendy feel all make up for that.
  • Tucci’s ~ Wonderful patio, umbrellas over every table. Also located on N. High St., but nicely separated from the street by the sidewalk and landscaping.
  • Cabo Cucina ~ It would be tough to beat this patio. It is located behind the restaurant along the Scioto River. You can’t see the river while seated but the stone walls, landscaping, and natural surroundings takes you to a whole new world….  one you may not be ready to leave once you’ve found it!
  • El Vaquero (Shawnee Hills location) ~ We loved this patio before they upgraded it! Now it is fully covered with open walls that can be closed if the weather demands it. Very nice.
  • Matt The Millers ~ (Located on Avery-Muirfield Rd.) There is a pond side patio on the east side of the building, so on hot nights you get the shade of the building. You get a little Avery Rd. traffic noise, but you won’t notice it much as you sip your wine under the umbrellas!
  • Luce’s (Powell) ~ Flowers + wrought iron + umbrellas = lovely. The patio is on the parking lot, but it’s not a busy one so it’s not much of an issue. It’s a little drive from Dublin, but we like it so much we thought it was worth the mention!
  • J Lui’s ~ It’s on Bridge Street (in Dublin’s Historic District) so there is a constant flow of traffic nearby, but just remember that everyone driving by is very jealous — wishing they were the ones dining on the patio!
  • Montgomery Inn ~ A little more formal than most patios because it has a full roof with closable walls so the tables, chairs, and decor can be more ‘inside’ style. It’s view from up on the hill is very pretty and we love the stone fireplace.
  • Digger and Finch ~ You wouldn’t know you were on Riverside Drive. This is a large patio located between the gorgeous stone building and the driving range. A relaxing getaway.
  • Dublin Village Tavern ~ In the heart of Historic downtown Dublin, this is a great casual outdoor patio. It fills up fast so get there early to get a seat!
  • Vittoria’s ~ (In Powell, OH) Offers one of the prettiest patios around. It is on the parking lot, but they have done a beautiful job of separating it with wrought iron trellises covered with climbing, flowering, vines.

And that’s just half of our list! (Check back in a few days to discover more of the prettiest patios in Central Ohio!) To learn more about these great local eateries (menus, specialties, prices, etc.), visit the Restaurant Section of the Dublin (OH) Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website: www.IrishisanAttitude.com

-Post by Dawn Scheurle

(In the interest of helping Dublin, Ohio visitors find deals on kids meals and family friendly eateries, we are featuring a series of guest posts by Dawn Scheurle, creator of the popular site: www.kidseatout.com – “restaurant reviews from a mom’s point of view.”   This is part 4 in a 4 part series.)

We have almost finished our list of the best local eateries for families. As you’ve probably figured out (if you’ve been reading the previous posts on this subject), it isn’t an easy task for a restaurant to make this list.  Not only does a restaurant have to be kid friendly and affordable, but it has to offer good nutritious food. That, in itself, is no easy feat.  Here are our final three …

Max & Erma’s. Max & Erma’s has what it takes to make a family dinner out fun for everyone. They serve just about anything you want, welcome the kids, are very reasonably priced and have great hamburgers!  The atmosphere is fun and family friendly, but also grown-up, with a bar area, dark wood and brass tables and Tiffany type fixtures. The Dublin location has a nice patio overlooking the pond with ducks and geese to entertain the little ones eyes.  Did we mention the sundae bar?  What a fun way to end the meal!  (Although I personally prefer the warm chocolate chip cookies!) 

Chili’s Grill & Bar. Everyone is welcome here.  It’s casual, it’s festive, colorful and fun and welcomes all ages.  The food is Tex-Mex and the bar is full of people watching sports on the TVs.  Three sides on the kids menu (corn, mandarin oranges and pineapple) have been added recently to the seven options it already had. We will warn you though–aside from the grilled chicken, the sides are the healthiest things you will find on the kids menu.   But, hey, we don’t go to Chili’s for their ‘light’ menu options so if we splurge once in a while, we think the kids can too!   They do offer nutritional information on all the kids meals on their web site. 

Uno Chicago Grill.  Uno’s has a “Chicago warehouse” look that is warm, busy and energetic.  Although a lot of people still only associate it with pizza, Uno’s may surprise you with all the things on their menu.  Recently the restaurant chain began offering lighter, flatbread pizzas and a kids’ menu that features grilled chicken, whole-grain penne and health-minded sides like broccoli, apples and mandarin oranges. Kids can even put on an apron and make their own pie using flatbread dough, sauce, cheese and toppings, which are brought to your table. Then the pizza is baked and returned with the rest of the family’s order.  The atmosphere lends itself to energetic little munchkins.

So there it is.  I’m sure there is at least one thing you disagree with–or that I’ve missed one of your family’s favorite places.  To that I say GREAT!  Please leave a comment, idea, agreement or disagreement.  We would love to hear about more great places around Dublin, Ohio!

 -Guest post by Dawn Scheurle, creator of www.kidseatout.com