FARGO — Is there anything better than enjoying a cold beer, a burger or a refreshing lemonade outside? How about gathering with friends at your favorite restaurant in the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area?

While the summer sun is still out and temperatures haven't fallen into the single digits yet, check out just a few of the many local establishments that have brought their cuisine outside in unique ways.

Downtown Fargo

In the urban landscape that is downtown Fargo, it can be difficult to find space to accommodate hungry, outdoor-loving crowds. That means the owners of many of these restaurants have gotten creative. Here are just a few of the places offering outdoor seating in the hub of Fargo's restaurant and bar scene.

For a chance to unleash your inner "Lady and the Tramp," Toasted Frog offers guests 21 and older an intimate dining experience beneath strings of charmingly exposed light bulbs strung above the alleyway at 305 Broadway N., Fargo. With lunch and dinner specials daily and a happy hour that runs Monday through Friday, there is surely something for everyone.

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To combat the sometimes-tight quarters of downtown eating establishments, some restaurants have looked to the sky — or, well, to the roof.

In their newer location at 414 Broadway N., Fargo, Drunken Noodle and Slurp Ramen serve up their classic Asian dishes on the tippy-top of their building.

Completed earlier this summer, the rooftop offers customers a place to eat their pad thai, ramen and mac and cheese while enjoying the summer sun. Cushy outdoor couches sit alongside low-top tables and greenery, allowing for ample seating and a fantastic view of downtown Fargo.

Another staple for the downtown community that has taken to the roof for its summer eating experience is not far away to the south at 606 Main Ave.

Serving up pizza and drinks to hungry customers, the rooftop patio of Rhombus Guys in Fargo features a full bar and family-style picnic tables to enjoy the scorching sun during the day. Head up there to see a feature film every Friday during the summer starting at 10 p.m.

North Fargo

The college crowd at North Dakota State University is no stranger to the many restaurants and bars that dot the area. However, with summer ending not long into the academic year, few establishments can give these patrons the chance to enjoy their burger and beer outside.

After a 2016 fire destroyed the building's original NDSU watering hole since the 1970s, The Bison Turf, 1211 N. University Drive, brought the green-and-gold college bar up from the ashes. It reopening in May 2018 with something new: a 1,500-square-foot rooftop patio.

The bar and patio gives college students and nostalgic alums alike a place to unwind and enjoy a brew, a bite to eat and a beautiful view of the southeastern part of the NDSU campus. Kids are welcome until 8 p.m., and burgers and beer flow well into the evening.

Fargo

For those who enjoy staying closer to the interstate and main shopping areas, places to eat outside are all around. With several restaurants offering patio or outdoor seating, the choices are endless.

Serving garage-inspired grub in a new and unique patio area, look no further than the establishment at 3131 Fiechtner Drive S.

Featuring a retractable roof and slideaway siding, Sickie's Garage gives patrons the chance to enjoy their burgers and boozy milkshakes in an outdoor area — and it doesn't even have to be outdoors. Clear glass siding scoots away to provide a nice breeze, while the roof opens and shuts with the press of a button.

Doolittle's Woodfire Grill in south Fargo offers cozy, greenery-surrounded seating with delicious meals. Forum file photo
Doolittle's Woodfire Grill in south Fargo offers cozy, greenery-surrounded seating with delicious meals. Forum file photo

For a different experience, head south on 25th Street to Doolittle's Woodfire Grill, 2112 25th St. S. Metal patio seating surrounded by greenery creates a cozy atmosphere to enjoy any of the wonderfully prepared dishes Doolittle's has to offer. From rotisserie-grilled chicken to an extensive wine list, there's something for even the pickiest of palates.

Moorhead

The bulk of outdoor seating in Fargo's sister city just across the Red River can be found south of the interstate.

Established in 2018, Legends Sports Bar & Grill is fairly young in the restaurant business. However, what it lacks in years, it makes up for in presentation. Located at 803 Belsly Blvd., the locally owned bar and grill touts more than 100 years of experience and offers an outdoor patio for customers to enjoy flavorful food for a fair price.

With a mix of traditional burgers and pub sandwiches alongside new favorites like steak bites and flatbreads, Legends provides a unique menu that will fill the belly, while a full bar and happy hour specials ensure your whistle stays wet.

Just south of Legends Sports Bar & Grill is a local favorite offering pizzas and pub fare for families of all shapes and sizes.

Dishing out New York-style pizza, sloppy Joes and other pub food, Brickhouse Tavern, 935 37th Ave. S., provides a homey atmosphere for all. Customers can enjoy their drinks and food on the patio or choose from a plethora of seats inside. As a bonus, kids eat free every Monday with a paid adult.

West Fargo

The ever-expanding West Fargo restaurant scene is something to behold. With new businesses popping up all the time, the patio-dining game is strong.

One of these businesses features not one but TWO outdoor-eating options for customers.

Blvd Pub, 3147 Bluestem Drive, provides customers with a range of menu options from burgers and wraps to soup, salad and desserts. Their extensive drink menu also gives those 21 and older a chance to explore new options or stick with the classics.

But the biggest draw for the outdoor-loving crowd is the place's two levels of patios. The main level, which is family and dog-friendly, is surrounded by a piled-rock fence, while the upper deck for those of legal drinking age overlooks the area.

Across the street from Blvd sits one of the largest patios in town.

Offering great drink specials and delicious food, Pub West, 3140 Bluestem Drive, features a fire pit and plenty of seating area for everyone.