By Sherrie Martin– 

Spring has officially sprung in Louisville. Not because the calendar says so, but because Dairy Kastle opened for the season last week.

A favorite among U of L students, Dairy Kastle is the perfect spot to go if you want to treat yourself and unwind after a long day of lectures and exams. When you start to feel guilty about all of the calories in that ice cream cone, remember that Dairy Kastle donates 60 percent of profits to Home of the Innocents and the Humane Society.

Dairy Kastle isn’t the only place you can enjoy your food and the weather at the same time. Lucky for us, Louisville was voted one of the top food cities in the nation. U of L students know the best eateries with outdoor dining around town.

Bluegrass Burgers: “It’s right off Frankfort Avenue, which has tons of cute shops, and I just love the urban feel of the area. They have the best variety of burgers to fit any persons’  preferred taste!” said Brittany McNicol.

In addition to a variety of beef burgers, Bluegrass Burgers offers a turkey burger and two vegetarian options. Keeping it local, they serve Comfy Cow ice cream for dessert.

Flanagan’s Ale House: Located in a prime location on Baxter Avenue, Flanagan’s offers a wide variety of American fare fit for any palate. Flanagan’s also hosts trivia and poker nights, to keep you from getting bored throughout the week. The best part though? Man’s best friend can accompany you to dinner here.

“They let you bring your dog on the patio and even provide a doggy bowl with water,” Emily Fischer said.

Holy Grale: “It’s got a neat atmosphere and great beer cheese,” said Aubree Burcham.

Holy Grale has the fun surroundings of Bardstown Road, but it is fun all on its own. A beer garden in a converted church, Holy Grale has a food and beer menu that changes daily to keep patrons on their toes. Grab a drink and head out to the inviting patio area, you will feel like you are in your own backyard.

El Camino: Also located on Bardstown Road, El Camino serves up Mexican food and an expansive drink menu in a colorful, coastal setting. “The vibe is authentic and the food is to-die-for. They have huge portions and great service,” said Kelly Heishman.

Fido can come to dinner here as well, he is welcome in the patio area.

Gordon Biersch: “It’s on 4th street so the atmosphere is cool and touristy,” said Georgia Gardner. “Plus, it’s a microbrewery, so there are amazing beers that you can only have there.”

Gordon Biersch has locations spanning the country, but the Louisville location is the only one in Kentucky. The menu is expansive, from simple pub food to steak dinners, so there is something for everyone.

The Silver Dollar: Located on Frankfort Avenue, student Viven Pham said, “the outdoor seating is super cute and at night they have string lights, it has a really great vibe.”

The Silver Dollar prides itself on its honky-tonk atmosphere, and serves dishes in a unique style that you won’t find anywhere else.