Last chance!

Our voting deadline is at 3 p.m. today, Jan. 29, for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining.

As of 6 a.m. we’ve had more than 16,000 votes for 130-plus restaurants that were nominated in 11 regions from all parts of the state.

We thank you for supporting these hardy restaurant owners, managers and employees who have endured the current dine-in shutdown, which will end on Feb. 1 when restaurants are allowed to open to 25 percent capacity.

That doesn’t mean outdoor dining will end any time soon.

Igloos, shanties and other patio dining set ups will remain open to help these restaurants survive. Pro tip: Many of these establishments require reservations more than a week in advance. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so plan accordingly.

As for our search, most poll leaders remain the same.

RELATED: See our Poll Leaders for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining

The biggest change has been in the Muskegon & Lakeshore poll where The Hearthstone Bistro in Muskegon has steadily moved up in the poll. It is now a few votes ahead of The Curragh in Holland, which is now No. 2.

In Kalamazoo & Southwestern Michigan, The NODE-Niles Outdoor Dining Experience was only three votes ahead of the River St. Joe in Buchanan, which came out of nowhere.

How to vote

Again, the deadline is 3 p.m. today (Jan. 29), when the polls close.

You can vote every three hours, once per email address. You can vote in more than one poll.

Once the polls close, Michigan’s Best reporter Amy Sherman and I will visit several restaurants and give a first-hand account of our dining experiences.

Look for poll winners and more stories in early February.

Click on the links below to vote.

Michigan's Best Outdoor Dining

The NODE-Niles Outdoor Dining Experience at Main & 2nd Streets in Downtown Niles, Michigan has nominated for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining.Courtesy of Lisa Croteau/Niles DDA

Northern Lower PeninsulaVOTE HERE

Upper Peninsula VOTE HERE

Bay City, Saginaw, Midland VOTE HERE

Detroit Metro VOTE HERE

Ann Arbor area VOTE HERE

Jackson areaVOTE HERE

Kalamazoo and SW MichiganVOTE HERE

Grand Rapids areaVOTE HERE

Muskegon & Lakeshore area VOTE HERE

Lansing areaVOTE HERE

Flint and Thumb regionVOTE HERE

If you missed our complete nominations list, click on the link below.

RELATED: See all of the nominations for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining

The search for Michigan’s Best Outdoor Dining is sponsored in part by Warm Fitness.

Michigan's Best Doughnuts: B&J Donuts

MLive reporters Amy Sherman, left, and John Gonzalez, right, speak with Ravi Patel in a search for Michigan’s Best doughnuts on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 at B&J Donuts, located at 4021 Richfield Road in Genesee Township. (Jake May | May |

If you have questions, feel free to email us.

Amy Sherman: [email protected]

John Gonzalez: [email protected]

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Join in by using the hashtags #mibest, and #outdoordining.

In addition:

Amy Sherman is on Twitter @amyonthetrail, as well as Facebook and Instagram @amyonthetrail.

John Gonzalez is on Twitter @michigangonzo, as well as Facebook and Instagram @MichiganGonzo.

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