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If you love spending time out on the town with your furry companion, there’s a good chance you dine at restaurants with dog-friendly patios. Thanks to a growing national trend of dog menus — that is, menus with delicious, dog-centric, dog-safe food for Fido — now you can eat together, too.
From muttloaf to pup-loving pizza, ice cream, and more, we sniffed out the best dog menus across the country. (Road trip, anyone?)
Starting in the Twin Cities (Sidewalk Dog HQ!), there’s a host of stops that’ll have Spot licking his chops. Consider the three-course Canine Cuisine menu, featured at several pawesome local restaurants: Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room in NE Minneapolis, The Howe Daily Kitchen & Bar in South Minneapolis, and Pub 819 in Hopkins. This menu features beef marrow bone or smoked pig’s ear appetizers from Von Hanson’s, a choice of entree, and a non-dairy, just-for-pups, Izzy’s peanut butter banana pupcream sundae. Stanley’s recently started offering a dog-friendly pizza on their patio, too. Talk about a T-R-E-A-T.
At all three spots, pups get treated to a scratch-made Nilla Woofer, on the house. And of course, fresh bowls of water are always free for your four-legged friend.
When you’re done chowing your way through that three-course menu, the dog offerings at Rock Elm Tavern, featuring tempting protein and fruit pairings, is also worth a major woof.
A more recent player on the dog menu scene, the Robert Street location of local favorite Keys Cafe now offers a selection of fun-shaped biscuits for pups that feature healthy ingredients like garbanzo bean flour and flax seeds.
Room for dessert? Head to one of the Twin Cities’ dog-friendly ice cream spots like Rolling Rover Bistro, offering Liver Lickers — frozen yogurt served out of a waffle bowl made from beef liver.
Chicago dog owners rejoice: you and your pups can now eat together on the patios of Siena Tavern, Public House, Bar Siena, and Barrio. The Puppy Ciao Menu includes dog-friendly entrees such as chicken breast, a burger patty, and skirt steak, plus a dairy-free Woof-Cream dessert. All entrees are grilled with extra virgin olive oil and no added seasoning.
If you find yourself in the Gold Coast neighborhood, Bistronomic offers elevated eats for humans and indulgent Puppy Plate options for pups, with the latter ranging from simple eats like a Chicago Dog or ground beef with vegetables and fresh pasta, to far fancier options like a flat iron steak or beef tenderloin. Your fur baby will feel extra-pampered after enjoying a tasty meal on the dog-friendly outdoor terrace.
If you’re craving authentic Italian, stop by 312 Chicago to get your fill of fresh, delicious eats while your pup enjoys simple entrees like salmon and white rice, plus tasty treats.
Just stopping through from out of town? You won’t even have to leave your hotel room to get your paws on some good eats: Loews Chicago Hotels offer a special pups-only room service menu in addition to their other dog-friendly amenities which features simple, drool-inducing recipes with all-natural meat, vegetables, and brown rice.
Thanks to acclaimed chef Daniel Boulud, all Boston dogs (not just terriers) can feel pampered at Bar Boulud, a French-inspired bistro and oyster bar. The Canine Café Menu includes homemade snacks such as Watermelon Pupsicles made with ripe watermelon juice and coconut water, plus a homemade Pup Cup with vanilla frozen yogurt. Be sure to try the Gourmet Biscuits, which come in three delectable flavors (peanut butter-banana, oatmeal-carrot, and bacon-parsley) and can be enjoyed alfresco, ordered in advance, or taken in a doggy bag to go.
If you want to take the fun a step further, you can even host a fun French-inspired photo-op with your fur baby in a signature #BarkBoulud beret or curled French mustache!
Next time you and your pup find yourselves in the Big Apple, consider a stop at Forrest Point, a corner bar with lush outdoor dining. This spot will treat you to eclectic eats while you treat your pup to a mouthwatering peanut butter-stuffed marrow bone (with your pup’s choice of crunchy or smooth, naturally).
If Spot is more interested in a hearty meal, consider stopping by the East Village to enjoy Boulton & Watt‘s spacious outdoor corner-block seating. While you’re there, your pup can feast on a Fluffy Mutt Flank Steak, available cooked or raw.
If you find yourself in sunny San Diego, we wholeheartedly recommend a stop at Pacific Beach mainstay Backyard Kitchen & Tap for some simple pup-friendly eats like a burger patty with yellow rice or a selection of house-made dog biscuits. This spot often throws dog-themed events and adoption parties, too, so buying your meal would be supporting an especially pup-loving joint.
A little further up the coast, you can head to Hermosa Beach Fish Shop for some of the freshest fish in the area. They recently introduced a super-healthy “Fish Shop Dog Bowl,” including 12 ounces of fresh fish, rice and vegetables (with no oils, butter, or seasoning). Plus, the last Wednesday of each month, dogs eat free with the purchase of one adult meal. That makes for a pretty good excuse to take your furry companion on an inexpensive dinner date and kick back on the spacious, heated patio.
If you want your pup to experience the full Saturday brunch experience, Bistro Niko in Atlanta has a full dog menu complete with complementary beverages. Have your fur baby try a Dirty Dog Martini (chicken stock + water), then move on to a delicious entree like beef short rib stew or sliced chicken. If you’re feeling extra-fancy, you can also treat your pup to real filet mignon.