Enjoy summer with outdoor dining local establishments offer fresh farm-to-table finds in an alfresco setting

Summer means spending as much time outdoors as possible, and few warm-weather activities rival the satisfaction of dining alfresco. In recent years, the growth of the farm-to-table movement has added a layerof awareness of the many benefits of locally sourced foods: great taste, better health and an improved local economy and environment.

Here are a few local dining establishments that combine the seasonal pleasures of outdoor dining and fresh farm-to-table bounty. Choose one to sample on a warm summer day and savor the goodness.

The Field Burger and Tap

Toftrees Golf Resort

1 Country Club Lane, State College

814-234-8000

toftrees.com/the-field.htm

The Field prides itself on a farm-to-table approach and relaxing lodge-like atmosphere, which features outdoor seating with a golf course view. “We believe fresh, local food just tastes better,” they declare on their website. The restaurant uses the freshest ingredients available, offering hand-formed burgers made with their own blend of sirloin, chuck, brisket and short rib, as well as local breads and Amish cheeses. Their menu offerings range from hearty breakfast options to tasty sandwiches, salads and fries for lunch or dinner. Finish the day on a sweet note with a hard or classic milkshake hand-spun with Hershey’s famous ice cream, or one of the Field’s other sumptuous desserts. For those craving a refreshing brew on a warm night, the Field is committed to offering beers brewed in State College and central Pennsylvania.

 

Hublersburg Inn

449 Hublersburg Road, Hublersburg

814-383-2616

hublersburginn.com

Another delightful destination for al fresco dining in the area is the Hublersburg Inn. Located just 20 miles from State College the drive to this charming country Inn brings you past the farms and fields where much of their local produce is procured. Their tree shaded patio expands to the grassy lawn with fire pits, Adirondack chairs, cornhole and a giant Jenga game which makes it both kid and dog friendly. The patio is also delightful setting for their live music on Thursday nights or a relaxing Sunday brunch. Chef Cody Pierce creates seasonal menus which include produce from nearby farms, cheeses from Goot Essa, and handcrafted cocktails like the Fisherman’s Margarita with herbs from their own garden. Summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy everything the Hublersburg Inn has to offer!

 

Liberty Craft House

346 E. College Ave., State College

814-954-4923

libertycrafthouse.com

Part of the Dante’s Restaurants group, Liberty Craft House seeks out natural, sustainable and organic products from local producers. An extensive selection of craft brews, wines and cocktails is offered alongside their artisan-prepared platters, casseroles, sandwiches and desserts. A full menu is accessible from their website. Open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. (food is served until midnight). When the weather starts to heat up, the Sidewalk Biergarten (in front facing College Avenue) offers limited outdoor seating.

 

PA on the Patio

The Nittany Lion Inn

200 W. Park Ave., State College

814-865-8590

nittanylioninn.psu.edu/pa-on-the-patio

Here’s a weekly event the entire family can enjoy: a culinary experience centered on a summertime favorite — grilling. On summer Fridays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (weather permitting), The Nittany Lion Inn serves a curated selection of Pennsylvania beverages (microbrews, wines, and spirits) and chef-inspired tapas featuring the best seasonal fruits, vegetables and local meats on their wood-fired grill. The menu changes every week, including a different drink feature. The $34.95 price includes an all-you-can-eat gourmet buffet, nonalcoholic beverages, and live music. No reservations required.

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