Pat Asks: Best Patios

Psycho Suzi's. Photo by Hubert Bonnet
Psycho Suzi's. Photo by Hubert Bonnet
Psycho Suzi's. Photo by Hubert Bonnet

Psycho Suzi’s. Photo by Hubert Bonnet

Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge

Pat’s Pick
For more than 10 years, this Nordeast institution has saved many of us from going over the edge after a long winter. I like to think of Suzi’s as tiki kitsch therapy. Sitting outside on the expansive riverfront patio with its great views of the Mississippi on a warm day or night never fails to restore me. While sipping on one of the hilariously named tropical drinks, (I particularly enjoy the Psycho Zombie) the deeper meaning of life can be explored with friends…or not. Fresh pizzas, sandwiches, apps,  and salads are tasty and reasonably priced.

1960 Marshall St. Northeast
Minneapolis 55418


Aster Café

Beth Dooley: Wilderness Inquiry guide, foodie, cookbook author and blogger.

My favorite place to dine outside is Aster Cafe in St. Anthony Main, at sunset just as the lights begin to come on across the river, its roar faint background to the bustle of bikes and strollers on a soft summer’s night. The food is simple, fresh and easy. We often bike there on the Greenway, the thrill of whizzing along the River path makes me feel like a kid, especially the ride home, through the moist gentle night air with stars peppering the velvety sky.

125 SE Main St.
Minneapolis, MN 55414


The Green Room

Lee Valsvik, KOOL108 and Kare11

It’s only the second full summer for the rooftop patio at The Green Room in downtown Stillwater (of course!). It’s small, but that’s what makes it so good. The view overlooks the St. Croix River and the Stillwater Lift Bridge. The food is tremendous and co-owner and chef Christopher Durant loves using local sustainable foods. This Spring, he’ll use ramps, morels, fiddleheads, etc., and I can’t wait. There are a lot of exciting things happening in Stillwater.  A new bridge in 2016 is going to bring changes to downtown. One of the coolest proposals is turning the two blocks of Chestnut Street in front of the lift bridge into a pedestrian plaza. When this is all happening, I’ll be on the roof of The Green Room with a glass of wine taking it all in.

Can you tell I’m on the board of the Stillwater Area Foundation promoting it all? Exciting stuff.

215 Main St. S.
Stillwater, MN 55082


Paradise Landing, Balsam Lake

Frank Vascellaro, Anchor, WCCO-TV

Most of our summer is spent at our cabin in western Wisconsin. There’s a great outdoor place on Balsam Lake called Paradise Landing that we like to visit. It has a huge and lovely outdoor space. The patio overlooking the lake has a fire pit, plenty of seating and a grassy area where antsy kids can run around. Sit back in the sun, enjoy some good food and drinks and watch the boats float by. It’s a perfect combination of the water and great north woods.

264 Country Road I
Balsam Lake, WI 54810

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