Stores and restaurants are progressively becoming more dog-friendly. Some places now go above and beyond to make sure your pooch feels especially welcome, even offering secret menu items just for dogs.
If you’re out and about with your pup and want to grab a bite or a sip, keep in mind these 18 awesome restaurants that are not only dog-friendly, they actually cater to canines! From free tidbits to full meals, your dog’s day will be made when he’s included in the fun. They also make excellent dog birthday gifts!
Some of these items are on the menu while others are secret and must be specifically asked for by name. (Note: Menu items or freebies may not be available at all locations. Always check with your vet before feeding your dog something new.)
1. Starbucks “Puppuccino”
If you’re at the Starbucks drive-thru with your pooch in tow, add a Puppuccino to your order! No, it’s not coffee for your pup (which is one of those things they should never consume!). It’s a little whipped cream in a small cup that’ll serve as a tasty treat–as long as your dog isn’t lactose intolerant.
2. In-N-Out Burger
Dogs love burgers, just like humans. Only, they shouldn’t be eating all those extra toppings! That’s why this delectable burger chain will serve up a “Pup Patty” for your furry friend: an unseasoned burger, packed in one of their signature doggy bags.
3. Sprinkles Cupcakes
Sprinkles knows that everyone loves fresh baked goodies–even dogs! That’s why they make tasty cupcakes that are safe for canine consumption. They’re sugar-free, and complete with a layer of yogurt frosting.
4. Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream & Yogurt
Summer’s here, the sun is out, and you and your pup are drooling at the thought of a cool snack! Head over to Handel’s, where many locations offer Dogsters in peanut butter or mint flavors. According to the chain’s Facebook page, these frozen treats are vet-approved.
5. Rock & Brews
Love music, beer, and dogs? Welcome to Nirvana. This chain is dog-friendly, with some locations offering a special dog menu. They offer dishes that include roast chicken, unsalted burgers, sweet potatoes, and even Fido-friendly (non-alcoholic) “beer” !
6. Shake Shack
This restaurant is committed to serving canine customers! According to their website, the special dog menu includes two items: the Pooch-ini®, a peanut butter sundae with dog biscuits, and the Bag O’ Bones, a handful of specially made biscuits from Bocce’s Bakery in NYC.
7. Johnny Rockets
This bark-friendly burger joint offers treats for your tail-wagger at certain locations. According to BarkPost, choices include dog-friendly burgers, ice cream, and pupcakes. Select locations have an extended menu.
8. Dairy Queen
If you’re craving a taste of ice cream royalty, you can bet your pooch would like a lick! Lucky for him, he can order up a Pup Cup (free with purchase!), which is a doggy-sized portion of vanilla ice cream. He may even get a treat on top!
This food and custard restaurant is known for its dog-friendly drive-thru and area for seating. So it should come as no surprise that pooch-loving patrons like to treat their pups to a scoop of vanilla custard.
If your dog loves car rides and digs drive-thrus, there’s no doubt that she’ll love to stop at the ultimate drive-in restaurant. Some locations offer doggy treats…although you’ll probably have to share a bite of your (plain) burger when you get those beggin’ eyes.
This company is known for its stellar customer service to people and pooches! Many drive-thrus will offer a snack for pup passengers. (And as you’re eating your sandwich, your furry friend will remind you that she loves grilled chicken, too.)
12. Dunkin’ Donuts
If you’re on a java run and your pup’s along for the ride, certain Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thrus keep dog treats handy. And according to some social media posts, some locations may even offer puppy lattes (whipped cream in a cup)!
13. Lazy Dog Cafe
Hungry dogs who come here can order from their very own menu! With locations in Las Vegas, Texas, and all over California, pup patrons can order up a nice bowl of brown rice, either plain or topped with chicken or a hamburger patty. And of course, bowls of water are on the house!
14. Le Pain Quotidien
This bakery has locations worldwide with patios that are dog-friendly. BarkPost explains that some have doggy treats within the customers’ reach, and if not, the waitstaff will be happy to throw your dog a bone.
15. Tim Horton’s
Canada’s beloved donut chain caters to pooches too. However, the “Doggy Timbit” is made plain without sugar so they’re safe for your dog to eat. All you have to do to get a Timbit for your pup is ask.
16. Burger King
The Home of The Whopper offers a dog-friendly version of their famous patty: a biscuit made out of beef, cheddar, eggs, oat and brown rice flour and sesame seeds. This one is so secret, you can only get one by placing an order for Burger King through DoorDash. The “Dogper” is free with a purchase, but limited to one per purchase.
17. Rita’s Italian Ice
It turns out a lot of the restaurants with dog menus are dessert places. Some Rita’s locations will serve your dog a cup of vanilla ice or custard with a treat on top.
18. Ben & Jerry’s
The Vermont-based ice cream company is known for their dog-friendly workspace, and recently they introduced frozen treats made specially for dogs. The dog-geared flavors even come in those signature Ben & Jerry’s cups.
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