As I'm writing this, I am lounging in my lawn chair with an iced tea in my hand and music blasting. It's time for the sunshine to stay. I don't know about you, but I am the type of person who would rather sit outside at a restaurant than in a booth any day. So, I went around testing some of the local restaurants for quality food and fun atmospheres. After loosening a few notches on my belt and enduring multiple food comas, here are some of my top suggestions:
Picture a big patio overlooking a river with fire pits and cozy couches. Now, go there and enjoy it. Seriously, Cowboy Jack's is one of the best places for relaxing with a drink in hand. I have been here a few times in the winter when you can sit on the enclosed patio, but nothing beats their completely outdoor patio. I recommend grabbing a drink and some apps and hanging out for a while. I tried their BBQ chicken sliders and chips with cheese which were a perfect snack to go along with my cold beer. This is one of the best ways to do summer, that's for sure.
5 & 2 Café:
I know this isn't technically a restaurant, but I thought I would throw it in there. This café is located in the Down to Earth Garden Center where you can explore the various gardening supplies and knick-knacks. This café is cute and full of eclectic decorations. It would be an excellent place to post up and connect to Wi-Fi to get work done. As the weather warms up, they are also opening their outdoor patio where you can sip on your coffee and enjoy the sunshine.
This is one of Eau Claire's best. The Lakely offers outdoor seating underneath a sea of twinkle lights for people to sit and enjoy live music and a drink. I mean, talk about a photo op! They offer a fabulous menu of drinks that are consistently changing but always delicious. This is a more mature place to enjoy dinner, and definitely a great option.
I am just the beginning to scratch the surface of all the places that Eau Claire has to offer, but I hope this gives you some guidance as you head out on your food journey. Whether you are looking for somewhere fancy, cheap, or casual, I hope this served as a guide to your inner Eau Claire foodie!
Don't forget to snap a pic and #CaptureEC to share with us your delicious discoveries!