Taking one’s dog to restaurants and other public places isn’t unusual in European countries and in the trendy boutiques and outdoor promenades of coastal cities. Dining with a pet is relatively common in outdoor cafes throughout Southern California and Florida. In Miami Beach, for example, virtually all of the dozens of outdoor cafes that line Lincoln Road Mall accommodate patrons with their dogs. In recent years some restaurants in Northern states have begun accommodating guests with dogs.
Providing a bowl of water and sometimes complimentary treats has been standard fare for restaurants that accommodate patrons with dogs. Some restaurants have taken this service a step further by offering a menu for dogs. Shake Shack (Miami Beach and New York City), for example, serves The Pooch-ini – Shackburger dog biscuits, peanut butter, and vanilla custard – for $3.50. Art and Soul restaurant on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., has a Puppy Patio Menu that includes a 3-ounce steak ($5) and homemade doggie granola treats ($5).
Dog-Friendly Restaurants in US Photo Gallery
Some restaurants host special events for dog owners and their pets. Mutt Lynch Winery (Healdsburg, CA), for instance, hosts private tastings and large charity functions where the guests often consist of 300 humans and 100 or more dogs. The Sonoma County winery was voted the wine country’s most dog-friendly winery by the monthly newspaper Bay Woof in San Francisco.
Bringfido.com, Dogfriendly.com, and Petfriendlytravel.com provide listings of restaurants nationwide that permit guests with dogs.
The following beaches accommodate people with dogs:
• Bonita Beach Road, Dog Beach (Florida; www.leeparks.org/Facility info?Project num=0036)
• Carmel City (California) Beach (www.doggiegazette.com)
• Cape San Blas (Florida) beaches (www.thecapeescape.com/Pets.html)
• Coronado Dog Beach (San Diego, CA; http://loewssurfdog.blogspot.com)
• Fort DeSoto Dog Beach (St. Petersburg, FL; www.fortdesoto.com/pawplayground.php)
• Huntington Beach (California) Dog Beach (www.dogbeach.org)
• Montrose Dog Beach (Chicago, IL; http://mondog.org)
• Ocean Beach, Dog Beach (San Diego, CA; www.sandiego.gov/lifeguards/beaches/ob.shtml)