The Chicken Patio is nothing short of an island institution. Founded in 1952, generations of Put-in-Bay guests have enjoyed their fare. Most notably, the feature item is open pit chicken basted in a house made wine sauce. Originally, just a small grill covered the cooking needs. Today, a 21 foot charcoal grill accommodates the huge demand.
World Famous Roundhouse Bar
Location is everything. Moreover, the Chicken Patio is no exception to this rule of thumb. The World Famous Roundhouse Bar is directly next door. Additionally, the historic Park Hotel is just behind the grill. Initially, The Roundhouse Bar was opened in 1863 as the Columbia Restaurant. Here, guests could choose from beer, wine, snacks and food. Most notably, at the time cottage cheese and ice cream were big sellers.
Interestingly, there was no electricity at the original Roundhouse. So, blocks of ice cut during the Winter months and used throughout the tourist season. The ice stored at the Ice House, the present day Put-in-Bay Winery, kept things cool. Fortunately, technology has advanced and icy cold beverages await. Also, there is exceptional live entertainment at the Roundhouse. Most notably, Mike “Mad Dog” Adams graces the stage throughout the season. Surely, his one man comedy and music act is not to be missed. Most impressive, he has played on this stage for over 35 years.
Chicken Patio Hours of Operation
Monday – Sunday
11 AM – 10 PM (Hours are Subject to Change)
Chicken Patio Famous Chicken Dinner
- Wine Basted BBQ Chicken
- Tasty Corn on the Cob
- Savory Potato Salad
- Dinner Roll
The island of Put-in-Bay is teeming with history and tradition. Dating back to the 1800’s, the island has been a favored tourist destination. Furthermore, the Chicken Patio has been part of that fabric over 60 years. So, be sure to include this eatery on an adventure to the islands. Moreover, the sizzle from the grill and the smell in the air are sure signs of Summer.
Why not stay at Put-in-Bay? Booking a hotel, home rental or waterfront condo is fast and easy. Furthermore, this provides the best chance to see all the island has to offer. Additionally, midweek lodging specials are aplenty. So, families can enjoy without breaking the bank.