Guest Blogger: Sarah Milheim, Advancement & Communications Coordinator


Within the gates of Lakeside, there are 8 dining opportunities to choose from. Options from home-cooked meals to award winning pizza to boxed lunches perfect for picnics to fine dining by the water, Lakeside offers a little bit of everything.

Next time you’re walking around the Lakeside Business District, take in all your options and let your taste buds do the choosing.

Dockside – This casual dining option is open daily during the summer season. Dockside features light meals, drinks and snacks in a fun atmosphere for all ages. Dock runners are available to serve those spending time on the dock. Visit the Lakeside website for coupons and specials.

Hawaiian Ice “Cart” – The Hawaiian Ice “Cart” serves “out of this world” shaved ice cones in a variety of flavors. Shaved ice is the perfect cool treat for those hot afternoons by the water or in Central Park. The cart is open daily during the summer season.

Lakeside Coffee & Cream – Lakeside Coffee & Cream sells gourmet coffees, teas and baked goods, as well as premium Velvet ice cream and delicious soft serve ice cream. Meet up with friends on the patio area, relax and sip your coffee in a rocking chair or check out the indoor seating with access to free Wi-Fi for patrons. Coffee & Cream is open daily during the summer season.

Ooh La La! – Ooh La La! offers a fresh dining perspective with unique salads, sandwiches and baked treats. The menu includes frosty or steamy specialty beverages and authentic Italian Gelato. One feature that makes Ooh La La! unique is the original Lakeside artwork for sale inside the restaurant. Heading to the park or dock? Boxed lunch picnics are available with a variety of customizable menu options. Ooh La La! is open seasonally during the summer.

The Patio Restaurant – The Patio is a casual family dining experience serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant is known for their famous Patio donuts that are made fresh daily. The Patio also serves homemade dinner specials and Toft’s hand dipped ice cream. The Patio is open seasonally in the summer.

Sloopy’s Sports Café – Sloopy’s Sports Café offers a variety of gourmet and traditional pizzas, as well as salads, sandwiches and pasta dishes made with their signature Sloopy’s Red Sauce. Sloopy’s is open year-round, with limited hours in the off-season.

Whistle Stop Ice Cream – Craving a salty or sweet treat? Whistle Stop Ice Cream, an old fashioned ice cream parlor, features Toft’s hand-dipped ice cream and other sweet treats. Their popcorn is made fresh daily. Whistle Stop Ice Cream is open seasonally during the summer.

And last but not least….

Hotel Lakeside Dining Room & Café – The Hotel Lakeside Dining Room & Café offers a unique lakefront dining experience. The dining room and outdoor café provide a relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere. The menu features healthy, quality food at affordable prices, with an expanded children’s menu available. A special dinner menu is offered Friday and Saturday evenings. During the summer, the dining room and café is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday and for brunch on Sunday.

Share your favorite places to dine in Lakeside with us on The Front Porch. What is your favorite restaurant in Lakeside? Do you have a favorite dish available only in Lakeside? Tell us in the comments below.