As the summer heat wears on, the allure of great food out in the sunshine is too good to pass up. Luckily, Grande Prairie and the surrounding communities have no shortage of excellent patios, picnic spots, food trucks, and other al fresco options to satisfy every palate. While we don’t have the space to list every one of our city’s fantastic restaurants, here are some GPRTA members that will have you coming back for seconds, through summer and beyond!
The Best Patios In Town (And Outside of It)
Is there anything better than a patio on a warm summer evening? Whether you’re a fan of loaded sandwiches or light salads, enjoying a great meal out in the open air just makes it taste better. Here are some highlights to look out for.
Red Rock Urban BBQ: A family-friendly atmosphere with perfectly-smoked meats to satisfy those Southern flavour cravings.
Maddhatters:A local favourite, this eatery partners up with growers and farmers in the area to offer unique meals you can’t get anywhere else.
Mr. Mikes: In the mood for mouthwatering steak? Look no further than this casual and laid-back steakhouse on the northern side of Grande Prairie.
The Lion’s Den Pub: For those in search of the perfect pub, The Lion’s Den awaits. There’s soup, sandwiches, and so much more to accompany your pints.
Crown and Anchor: Happy Hour deals and hearty meals define this friendly neighbourhood establishment, which also offers live music 7 days a week.
JP Grill and Bar: After 25 years in business, JP Grill & Bar has great food down to a science – and they support local growers with Alberta beef burgers.
Jax Grill and Lounge: Found in the Podollan Inn & Spa, this warm patio setting is an excellent place to unwind with big flavour after a long week.
2. GOLF COURSES
River Stone Golf Course: Relax after 9 holes on the banks of the Smoky River with a meal on the fantastic clubhouse patio! The restaurant is partnered with a chef from Lefty’s Café, a hidden gem in nearby Bezanson.
Pipestone Golf Course: Located southwest of Grande Prairie, Pipestone is a popular course thanks to its greens and its grub. Hit the clubhouse patio to enjoy the sunshine and the smell of fresh-cut grass with your gourmet meal.
Grande Prairie Golf and Country Club:A mainstay of the city since 1967, this club is immensely popular – and its patio is, too! Watch the nearby games as you enjoy your food and drink at their self-claimed “largest patio in Grande Prairie”.
The Dunes Golf Course: Just beyond the city limits, the patio at the Dunes clubhouse boasts wonderful views of the northern Alberta landscape, complemented by some of the finest food selections in the area.
Bear Creek Golf Club: Casual, comfortable, and brimming with camaraderie, the Bear Creek patio is a place as famous for its stories and charming atmosphere as it is for its food. You won’t regret making a stop here!
3. CAFE PATIOS
Northeast of Grande Prairie, in the hamlet of Watino, lies the Valley Bee Café patio, a part of Paradis Valley Honey. This little slice of heaven makes distinct honey and other products, which you can reach after a relaxing road trip through the hills of northern Alberta.
For Fans of Food Trucks
It just wouldn’t be summer without stops at some of the community’s best food trucks! If you’ve got an eye on meals “to go”, check out these local faves:
Bull Dogs Gourmet Dogs: Enjoy fresh rolls made daily, specialty sauces, and locally-made sausages that bring the humble hot dog to new heights.
Abby’s Dogs Burgers & Fries: Delivering all the delicious classics like burgers, hot dogs, and fries, Abby’s also has a mission to give back to the community through volunteering and donations.
Cool Cat Grilled Cheese: Who says grilled cheese can’t be gourmet? Spice up your sandwich with the selection from Cool Cat, found throughout the city all summer long.
Find all their schedules and menus here to make sure you don’t miss out!
Picnics, Pit Stops, and Road Trip Rewards
Looking to explore a bit beyond the city limits? Wanting to go off the beaten path and discover somewhere new? Put your taste buds to the test at some of the region’s hidden gems!
Beaverlodge: Stop by the Farmers’ Market for some fresh produce, or enjoy an ice cream cone at the renowned Anna’s Pizza.
Saddle Hills County: Find homemade goodies at the Rycroft Farmers’ Market, shop for someone special at the Blueberry General Store, and find one-of-a-kind treats at the Bay Tree General Store.
MD Greenview: Feeling that sweet tooth? Swing by Crooked Creek donuts to indulge your desires, take on a towering ice cream cone, or pick up a juicy burger at their roadside stop.
Sexsmith: Sample the sweets at the Farmers’ Market, and pop over to Cowbella’s Café for snacks and drinks before heading back to the city.
Besides the exceptional food, there’s plenty to do outdoors in and around Grande Prairie this summer – so don’t be afraid to head out the door, explore the area, and try something new. You never know when you’ll find your new favourite place!