Cities like San Francisco, Denver and Chicago have long-standing reputations as pet-friendly destinations. Recently even more municipalities have passed legislation to allow doggy dining on restaurant patios. In honor of National Dog Week and the upcoming Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet Month in October, the online restaurant reservation service, Open Table has released their choices for the most dog-friendly eateries across the nation.
The 15 restaurants on this list go far above-and-beyond simply allowing pups on their patios. They feature decadent doggy menus, “Yappy Hour” specials, social events for pooch parents, and even fundraisers and adoption events to benefit area shelters.
Oh, and we hear some of the human cuisine isn’t bad either!
1. Ray’s and Stark, Los Angeles, California
Executive chef Fernando Darin was inspired to create Ray’s and Stark’s gourmet doggy dinners by his own two pups. He cooks their meals each evening and decided to create an array of dishes for the canine customers at the restaurant’s Barky Brunch. The “Man’s Best Friend” menu, available every Sunday from 10AM-3PM, features indulgences like Pizza Crust, Steamed Chicken & Broccoli Bowl, Watermelon Sorbet, Chicken Liver & Brown Rice Cookies, and “Pupsicles”.
2. Bistro Chat Noir, New York, New York
Just a block away from Central Park, Bistro Chat Noir is considered one of the city’s most dog-friendly restaurants. The outdoor patio is packed with dog treats and toys. If you’d prefer to have a pup picnic in the park, the staff will prepare a gourmet basket to-go, complete with a dog treat!
3. Miss Ricky’s, Chicago, Illinois
Miss Ricky’s diner at Virgin Hotels Chicago offers a scenic pup-friendly patio and hosts weekly Yappy Hours on Wednesdays. Humans get a complimentary cocktail and dogs are treated to a special snack on the house.
4. Cane Rosso, Carrollton, Texas
Cane Rosso means “red dog” in Italian, in honor of owner, Jay Jerrier’s first rescue dog. Jerrier started his own 501©(3) charity called Cane Rosso Rescue in 2014 that has rescued more than 300 dogs and counting. All restaurant locations feature dog-friendly patios where they host frequent Pups on the Patio events in the spring and fall. Area rescue groups are invited to bring their adoptable dogs “for an evening of fundraising, pet adoptions, and pizza.”
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