Outlanders provides family atmosphere at new location

MARQUETTE — Since Outlanders first opened nearly five years ago, the Klinglers and their team have provided customers wholesome and home-cooked meals for fair prices.

In August, the family-owned restaurant, which was formerly located in south Marquette, opened the doors to its new location along 1014 W. Washington St. in Marquette — the former site of the Panda Garden that closed in 2016.

“Our philosophy with food is that we believe you should be able to get good food without having to spend a ton of money,” said Outlanders co-owner Anne Klingler. “We had outgrown our (previous) spot and were looking for another one. This opened up, so we took it.”

While Outlanders is commonly recognized for its takeout and catering services, the new location provides room for 65 people to dine-in, which, when compared to the six dine-in spots at its last location, is a big change.

“We think of ourselves as a family restaurant,” said General Manager Nichole Klingler. “You could think of our dinner specials as mom going, ‘What do we want to do for dinner tonight?’ We want you to feel like you can enjoy family time here. Everyone says ‘We’re so busy these days.’ There are even (public service announcements) saying families should spend more time reading to their kids.”

Outlanders serves a variety of home-cooked meals, including casseroles, pasta dishes, sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas, nachos, salads, soups, and vegetarian and gluten free options. Kids also have their very own menu and can chose between a hot dog, cheesy penne, grilled cheese or a chicken quesadilla. Kids meals also include fries and a cookie.

Since the kitchen has a full ventilation system and is bigger than the kitchen at the previous building, Outlanders is able to expand what’s offered for its daily specials.

According to reviews on Facebook and Google, customers praise Outlanders for their friendly staff and portions, which come in three different sizes — an individual serving; large, which serves about two to three people; and family-sized, which serves around four to six people.

Customers are also able to take dinner home hot and ready for their tables, or cold to be baked in their own ovens. Nichole Klingler said a common misconception is that the cold meals are frozen and contain raw meat. Cold meals are baked to order and include instructions for customers explaining how to heat the meal in their own ovens to enjoy them at their own convenience.

Come spring, the Klinglers plan to organize Saturday family nights, a night when families can gather to play cards or board games so they can bond while they wait for their meals.

“We’re trying to get it out there that families are welcome and we have plenty of space to fill,” Nichole Klingler said.

Outlanders is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m Friday; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Lunch and dinners can be ordered at 11 a.m. Outlanders also serves a breakfast menu Saturday and Sunday mornings.

For more information, visit http://www.outlanderstogo.com/ or Outlanders Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/outlandersmqt.

To place an order or discuss catering options, call Outlanders at 906-362-2253.

Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is jdepew@miningjournal.net