Perhaps the only thing better than the scenery of the Whitefish Chain Area is gazing at it while eating delicious food and sipping on tasty beverages. We've got the down-low on five great places to eat outside around the Whitefish Chain.
Moonlite Bay: Moonlite Bay has earned its place as an icon of Crosslake for a lot of reasons- it's longevity, it's boat-up access, and its killer patio. Drive or boat to Moonlite- there's plenty of room on the docks or the parking lot. From the docks, take the stairs up to the patio, which sits at the top of a steep hill and overlooks Cross Lake.
Moonlite's patio has occasional live music throughout the summer, as well as an outdoor bar. Their staples are their wraps and sandwiches, but you'll find even more than that on the menu.
The Wharf: If you want to be a little closer to the water, look no further than The Wharf, also in Crosslake. The wharf sits down a hill, right on the channel between Cross Lake and Rush Lake on the Whitefish Chain. Docks allow you to boat in, or come by car on County Road 16. As you sit on The Wharf's patio, you'll be able to watch the boats as they pass through the channel while enjoying their full menu of burgers, entrees and more.
Bites Grill and Bar: Pine River's own Bites has the convenient location of being right on Highway 371 while maintaining a beautiful patio with abundant sunshine. Bites owners, Roger and Wendy Hoplin, recently remodeled their front patio. Between the front and back patios, there are plenty of games to play (for both kids and adults) and a nice fireplace for cool nights. Bites has both full meals (from burgers to pasta to comfort foods) and their namesake "bites"- tapa-style small plates of interesting food fusions. Their weekday lunch specials are always winners (photos and specials are listed on their Facebook page).
The Hungry Loon: One of Pequot Lakes' most popular breakfast and lunch spots, the Hungry Loon, has a lovely screened-in patio. Vines grow up and over the patio, which stays bug free. At the Hungry Loon, you'll find sandwiches, wraps, salads and soups for lunch, and classic breakfasts like french toast, bacon and eggs and breakfast burritos. It's a great place if you're looking for a healthier dining option.
Billy's Bar and Grill: In Breezy Point, Billy's has a nice outdoor patio that's always laden with big hanging baskets of petunias that seem to bloom all summer long. An outdoor bar adds convenience and fun. Bring your sunglasses! Billy's is known for their burgers, wings and pizza.
On a world-class summer day on the Whitefish Chain, it's a shame to go inside to eat. At any of these restaurants you'll find a great meal and a place to sit outdoors and enjoy the day.