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Tuesday, October 03, 2023

Outside dining options


With the libraries here at UW-Madison closed and the only thing left to do is sit at our desks for hours on end, sometimes the perfect dinner night get-away with your friends is all you can ask for — while respecting the COVID-19 guidelines of course. Luckily, I have three restaurants with outdoor patios for your perfect evening.

Starting with my most recent visit at Vintage Spirit and Grill, this aesthetic restaurant is located at the corner of University Avenue and North Frances Street. 

Here, the only thing between you and the night sky are the beautiful hanging lights dancing above your head. As an added bonus, prices here won’t pick your pocket, leaving you feeling both full and satisfied. 

If you are looking for a refreshing location with illuminating energy coming from the surrounding community, Vintage is the place for you.

Thinking about having a taco night? I have the perfect place for you. Luchador is the newest addition to State Street located right next to Potbelly’s, and will fill your cravings while maintaining the so-loved ambiance of State Street. Luchador holds some of the best tacos and also has many options such as burrito bowls and salads. 

Personally, one can never go wrong with the Garlic Shrimp Tacos, which only cost $5.18. This Mexican haven also serves burrito bowls, salads and appetizers! Luchador is inexpensive but will guarantee a good time. Stop by and have a taste of State Street and of course, the tacos too.

Lastly, but certainly not least, Camp Trippalindee is the perfect escape from reality. Located at the top floor of The Graduate Hotel with a view overlooking the city of Madison, it seems life couldn’t get any better. 

Not only is the location of Camp Trippalindee exceptional, but the outdoor patio filled with campfires for s’more roasting seems to top it all. 

That’s right, for only $6.00 you can roast s’mores all night long with your friends. Be sure to also order some of their fried pickles, burgers or Caesar salad, because it all doesn’t disappoint. This restaurant is reasonably priced for its location and cook-out amenities.

When the going gets tough, the tough gets going, or so they say. When life becomes unmanageable, grab a group of your friends and make a memorable night at any one of these three restaurants.

Each is a bang for your buck with perfect outdoor seating to respect your COVID-19 needs.

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