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April 20, 2020 6 min read
California is known as one of the most dog-friendly states in the country so it’s not odd to see people dining with their dogs outside of their home. In fact, more and more restaurants are encouraging customers to bring their dogs with them as they create designated spaces and menus for their furry family members. Here’s a list of restaurants that not only allow dogs but provide treats and food for them as well!
This cute cafe nestled within the trees that surround Huntington Central Park has become a well-known gathering place for humans and dogs! What better way to spend the weekend than walking around the park and grabbing some brunch afterward? Since 1993 the Canine Cuisine menu has gotten a lot of attention and has become a favorite spot to many locals with dogs. Some items on the menu include lean ground turkey or a chicken breast fillet, don’t forget to add some eggs on top as a healthy topper!
Here’s a familiar chain restaurant that offers delicious burgers for humans and dogs too! Their dog menu is only served on the patio in dog-friendly cities and Huntington Beach is definitely one of them (San Diego too)! Similar to human patties, you can choose the 50/50, beef, or turkey patty, along with chicken or bacon strips. Let your dog enjoy the food that you do too!
Take a look at their menu here.
Welcome to a full-scale fish and chophouse serving award-winning beers and...you guessed it, a “man’s best friend” menu! Leashed dogs will receive a menu along with a bowl of water with items like sirloin steak, smoked pig ear, or simply just raw carrots and lettuce to choose from. Order the crab cakes and a European ale while lounging outside on the patio with your pup!
Learn more about Taps in Irvine here.
Dogs are also allowed sweet treats not just savory ones! So after grabbing some lunch off the dog menu what about some dessert? Sprinkles offers pupcakes with premium ingredients like egg whites, buttermilk, and sugar substitute. They also offer a sugar-free pupcake topped with yogurt frosting. This is the perfect birthday outing for your pup! Pick them up in-store or call ahead for custom orders!
Here’s a good place to take your dog drinking with you. Not only do they offer a dog menu with food items to choose from but also dog beer! Don’t worry, there’s no alcohol in there, just an imitation brown ale with glucosamine for healthy joints. What better way to spend your day than with a beer, your dog, and some great rock and roll music! We want to go!!
Have some drinks with your pup here.
Speaking of beer, what about “puppy hour”? Golden Road is widely regarded as one of the most dog-friendly breweries in LA and is proud to serve humans and their dogs. They launched “puppy hour” so proceeds from the happy hour menu go to benefit local rescue shelters. They also offer $5 puppy chow made with human-grade ground turkey with peas, spinach, and carrots to munch on while their owners have some beer. So bring your friends and support a cause that your dog will be happy to donate to!
Get ready for puppy-hour here.
Looking for some Latin cuisine that also allows dogs on the patio? Panxa Cocina is your place! Known for their monthly Mimosas and Mutts meetups on Saturdays, this eatery encourages doggie socialization. They also have a vegan dog menu that includes beans and rice to match the Latin theme here. Come here for brunch to spoil yourself and your pup this weekend!
You can’t have the word “dog” in your name without it being dog friendly! Lazy Dog Cafe is one of the better-known restaurants that let you and your dog enjoy a meal outside. Choose from a dog appropriate menu with grilled hamburger patty or chicken breast with brown rice and veggies. Don’t forget to ask for that complimentary bowl of water!
This pub launched a doggy menu designed just for their four-legged customers. Their creative names include “Where’s The Beef?” made with grilled hamburger meat and rice, “Cock-a-Doodle-Doo” a chicken bowl with rice, and “Franken-weenie” a hot dog with rice. Maybe now you can finish watching that football game while your dog eats and takes a nap on a full belly.
Are you and your dog craving some Mexican food? Bring them to the patio at Avila’s where they offer steak or chicken with a serving of beans and rice. Not much different from what you’ll order on the menu but at least you know your dog is eating human-grade food...you guys can even share! Scattered all around Orange County, you’ll be sure to find a pet-friendly location near you.
Said to be “The Best Fried Chicken in the US” by Thrillist. The Crack Shack restaurant in Costa Mesa is a casual, dog-friendly eatery where dogs (on leash) are welcome to join you at an outdoor table. Famous for their Southern California fried chicken and egg fare, their menu also features sandwiches, bowls, snacks and salted chocolate chip cookies.
Tucked away in Newport Beach, right across the street from Cali Raw Nutrition is Daydream Surfshop. You won’t want to leave this little surfer shop with its relaxing vibes, quality clothes, surf gear, and amazing coffee. Of course we wouldn’t love this place if it wasn’t also dog friendly. Bring your dog here, get a cup of coffee, then make your way over to Cali Raw to treat your pup.
Look at their drink menu here.
Wet Dog Tavern, a casual bar and eatery in Huntington Beach, California, offers a wide selection of delicious drinks and tasty food. Dogs are welcome to join you at the restaurant while you enjoy your meal. Their dog menu includes a beef patty, grilled chicken, or scrambled eggs for only $3!
Check out their menu for you and your dog.
After reading through all the different pet-friendly restaurants that also have dog menus, you probably noticed that none serve raw dog food. It’s understandable, handling raw dog food around regular cooked human food calls for cross-contamination. It is nice to know that restaurants are going the extra step to provide patios and menus for their dog customers. This brings more awareness to people that dogs are allowed to eat human-grade food and surprise! It’s actually better for them.
We want to live in a world where raw dog food can make its appearance not only in a home kitchen but in restaurants as well. Why throw out that beef liver when you can ground it up with some kale and apples and serve it to a customer’s dog out in the patio? Feeding raw to pets in restaurants calls for less waste in product and a little added income to the business as well. Win/win right? Or would it be called a woof/woof?
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