Before summer slips away, be sure to check out some of the lovely outdoor patios in the area. Beacon Journal food writer Katie Byard recently ventured out to find several inviting spots, including Pick’s at PLX in Coventry Township. One of the larger lakeside patios in the region has been revived thanks to Donnie Boyer, who opened Pick’s at PLX at the sprawling, multistory, art-deco building. Inside is Table 530 at Pick’s, with seating on the patio. The menu includes seafood, steaks and much more. Read more of Katie’s outdoor patio picks:

The place: Pick’s at PLX

Where: 530 Portage Lakes Drive, Coventry Township

Why you should go: Three-tier patio for outdoor dining and drinking

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