On the north side of Ames, Alluvial, a rustic brewery, has a charming brick patio. Photo: Travel Iowa
Take a road trip to Ames this summer, and while there, check out these patio spots around town.
In the city’s original rail depot on Main Street, this barbecue spot features some of the most relaxed outdoor dining in the city, with twinkle lights illuminating the patio. Enjoy the trains whizzing by with an Iowa-made brew and your choice of smoked meats and sides.
“Visiting Alluvial is like taking a trip to Colorado or California—it is transporting,” says Nadav Mer, co-owner of downtown’s Morning Bell Coffee Roasters. Grab a sour, IPA or seltzer to enjoy outside at the north-side brewery’s patio.
Prairie Moon Winery and Vineyards
Next door to Alluvial, this pretty 13-acre spot offers more sips of dry reds and whites such as syrah and chardonnay as well as sweeter tastes. Enjoy a glass outside their big red barn.
The Mucky Duck Pub
The south-side fun spot mixes up Indian (vindaloos), German (sausage platters) and British (Scotch eggs) cuisines to enjoy on the sunny patio with a pint.
Community members of all ages converge on this northwest site—formerly a grain elevator—for crepes, coffee and conversation. Sweet and savory crepes are both available, as are vegan offerings. Kids can play outside on the new playground, and there’s laid-back outdoor seating.