It’s official, people (and pups!): patio season is in full swing. And if you’re anything like us, you want the best of the best. Lucky for you, we’ve already gathered a handful of the absolute hottest patios to ring in the summer with your well-behaved, leashed pup:
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Good news: plant-based food can be good. Like really, really doggone good, and filling, too. This spot leads the pack on delivering tasty, wholesome meals that reduce your carbon footprint without sacrificing the oh-so-satisfying experience of eating at a pup-notch restaurant. Sustainable, eco-conscious beverages are on tap, too, and the always-shaded patio will keep you and Fido cool. Becky the vegan baker tells us that dog treats are in the works (stay tuned!), and water is available for your pup by request.
This newly-opened eatery, located at the gorgeous Como Park Pavilion, made the news weeks ago for braving the April blizzard to open, but you can rest assured: it’s just as good in warm weather. Spring Cafe features two menus—one with an Americana grab n’ go approach that includes things like sandwiches, salads, and ceviche—plus a more curated, made-to-order menu that includes things like wild rice brats, hot dogs dressed with chili, kimchee, and elote fixings, beef brisket, and a chicken curry rice bowl. And it’s all waiting for you and your dog to swing by.
Book Club is a California-inspired eatery that’s serving up its twist on New American fare, including delectable dishes like green curry mussels and wood-fired grilled Balinese chicken. But not to worry, they also feature classics like burgers and fries. Pull up a seat, and find out what all the hype’s about. You won’t be disappointed. Water bowls are available all around the patio, and treats are currently in the works.
Editor’s Note: Book Club is a part of our Dog-Friendly Restaurant Pass, which nets you free beer or wine at 27 pup-loving spots!
Hai Hai is a Northeast Minneapolis restaurant with a focus on the fresh, bold flavors and textures of Southeast Asia, with featured menu items like Hanoi Sticky Rice and savory Vietnamese crepes. They also offer gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options, plus local craft beer and unique cocktails. Water bowls are available on the patio!
The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar
This spot is a bit more established (and, as a bonus, is also on our Dog-Friendly Restaurant Pass), but it emerged as a favorite when we asked members of our Dog-Friendly Twin Cities Facebook Group for their top patio picks. The Howe is a gem for dog owners, with two pup-friendly patios, a dog menu, and delicious meals for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Did someone day Saturday plans?
Located in the heart of the North Loop, Sweet Chow features counter-service Asian street food borrowing flavors from Cambodia, Thailand, Korea, and Vietnam. Notable menu items include the green papaya salad, crispy pork belly banh mi sandwich, Korean sticky wings, and the pièce de résistance—a delicious, pudding-like dessert known as Vietnamese coffee pot de creme. Water bowls and treats are available!
Another perennial favorite (and current Dog-Friendly Brewery Pass participant), The Freehouse might just fulfill your wildest dining dreams. This supremely pup-friendly joint offers beer options galore of both the house-made and the local craft varieties, plus delicious New American cuisine on a patio that seats 80(!) people. Water bowls are available by request on the partially tree-shaded patio.
Woofing of hot, dog-friendly patios: some of these (and 25 other great spots) are on our Dog-Friendly Restaurant Pass! Get your paws on one today.
Hungry yet? Get going and enjoy the beautiful Minnesota summer! Check out our full directory of pup-friendly spots if you’re looking for more inspiration, and share pics of your dining adventures with #SidewalkDog on Instagram for a chance to be featured.