Welcome back to Culinary Corner! This issue, just in time for the summer season, we will explore the best locally owned patio spots in town. The categories are Best Patio for People Watching, Best Patio for Morning Sun, Best Late Night Patio, and Best Patio Atmosphere.
First on the list is the Best Patio for People Watching. Sondy’s Sycamore Grille, located downtown on the Square at 113 W. Sycamore, gets my vote. The patio is located right on the sidewalk with a great view of all the downtown action. You can see everyone coming in and out of the courthouse, and during early evenings, you can wave to all your west side friends driving home from work. Sondy’s offers a lunch and dinner menu with a special every day and an extensive martini list. Jason, the bartender, is the best martini mixologist in town and serves up various concoctions and ends the week with .99 cents margarita madness.
Best Patio for Morning Sun goes to Frittatas, 306 Espanol Drive. The breakfast menu is delicious with very reasonable prices. Make sure to check out the Country Skillets – they are to die for. The patio faces east, so you get that bright, warm morning sun. It’s off the road, so traffic noise is minimal. The patio is graced with beautiful flower baskets, and the tables are large enough to enjoy your breakfast along with the morning paper. The service is excellent. They keep your coffee cup full and encourage their patrons to relax and take their time.
Mulligan’s Pub, located on the point at Home Avenue and Apperson Way, 1134 S. Home Avenue, is the winner of the Best Late Night Patio Spot. The patio has a comfortable feel, with great ceiling fans and good lighting. It features plasma screen TV’s with the latest sporting events and news. Mulligan’s offers daily drink specials and has some of the best bar food in town. I especially enjoy their pizza, HOG wings, and fried tenderloins. The crowd is always lively, and the service is exceptional. This is one spot you’ll never meet a stranger and feel Hoosier hospitality at its finest. Mulligan’s is open until 3 am on weekends.
Now, for Best Patio Atmosphere. The new kid on the block, The Quarry, wins this category hands down! Located on the near west side in Forest Park Shopping Center, this new restaurant’s patio is nestled in a park-like setting in between the buildings. It has an upscale feel, but yet very comfortable. From 4:00-5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, they offer the entire bar menu half price with a daily drink special all day. The Angus Burger is quite exceptional, and at $4.50 during the bar menu happy hour, it’s a deal. Michael is serving up what might be Kokomo’s new favorite cocktail called the Kokomojito. This one is sure to be a winner. On the weekends, weather permitting, there is live music on the patio under the stars. The Quarry features all fresh food. The meats have never been frozen and the seafood is flown in fresh daily. This restaurant offers a very high level of service and quality at very affordable pricing. If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit this establishment, put it on your list of things to do!
Other locally owned patio spots to enjoy are Omeletty’s, Julianno’s, Cone Palace, Don Pancho Villa, and Hacienda.
Next issue will be the battle of Kokomo’s best dessert! Leave a comment and let me know where your favorite dessert is located!
– Kim Morgan, Kokomo Visitors Bureau