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See all of the nominations for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining

Our search for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining is off to a big start, thanks to all of you who shared your favorite restaurants that are offering fun and creative ways to dine outside. We received 130 nominations from all over the state.

Michigan restaurants have really gone above and beyond when it comes to creating some of these outdoor spaces. We’ve heard of hand made yurts, shanty towns, repurposed duck blinds, tents, igloos and greenhouses. Several downtowns have turned whole streets into outdoor refreshment areas. Over in the Bay City area, locals have formed Operation Shantyville in order to support their local restaurants that can’t afford outdoor seating. The group picks a restaurant and invites everyone to come dine outside in the parking lot, bringing whatever type of shelter you’d like. While turning to outdoor dining wasn’t a choice for our restaurants, they’ve made the best of it, and we

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Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining: You still have time to vote, plus Poll Leaders

How is your favorite Michigan restaurant doing in our search for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining? Time is running out to vote!

On Wednesday morning we posted the leaders in our 11 regional polls all across the state. Throughout the day, not much changed.

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The biggest development happened in the Flint area where Barley & Vine overtook Frankenmuth’s Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie in the top spot. And Lake Inn in Lapeer jumped to No. 2 in the same poll. The rest of the regional poll leaders remained the same.

Poll Leaders as of 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28:

Northern Lower Peninsula

The Swamp II Bar & Restaurant, Frederic – VOTE

Upper Peninsula

UP North Lodge, Gwinn – VOTE

Bay City, Saginaw, Midland

O’s Pub & Grill, Auburn – VOTE

Detroit Metro

Benstein Grille, Commerce Twp. – VOTE

Ann Arbor area

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Time to vote for Kalamazoo and Southwestern Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining

Time to bundle up!



a chair in front of a building: Bell's Brewery Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been nominated for Michigan's Best Outdoor Dining.


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Bell’s Brewery Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been nominated for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining.

We’re trying to determine who has the best outdoor dining in the Kalamazoo and Southwestern Michigan area. It’s time to make your vote count as part of our search for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining.

We took your local nominations over the last several days and compiled this 10 entries. Thank you so much.

Starting now you can vote once per email address, every three hours. (Poll below.) You can also write in your votes if we missed your favorite spot.

The deadline is 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29.

You can vote in all of our regional polls. Those links are below, too.

After the polls close we will be visiting several of our finalists to give a first-hand account of the outdoor dining experience.

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See our Poll Leaders for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining

The voting for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining kicked off on Tuesday, Jan. 26, and we’ve already received more than 6,500 votes in just one day.

Thanks to everyone who voted for their favorite restaurants in Michigan. Trust me, they appreciate it. We talked to several restaurant owners, as well as employees, over the last few days who are thrilled for the recognition as they battle months of business loss because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Voting in our 11 regional polls continues until 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29.

You can vote every three hours, once per email address.

UPDATE: As of 7 a.m. Friday, Jan. 29, we received 16,000-plus votes for the 130 restaurants nominated for Michigan’s Best Restaurant. The Poll Leaders have remained about the same, but we have updated the rankings below.

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