|Warm weather is bringing Americans with pets out-of-doors and onto the roads – fueling demand for pet friendly destinations where pet owners can enjoy a meal or beverage in the company of their furry friends. The surging interest in venues that welcome companion animals is graphically demonstrated in the rapid growth in listings and reviews submitted to the pioneering website PetFriendlyRestaurants.com.
The following sampler – listing 10 Hot Picks for pet friendly dining and drinking – is drawn from the most-reviewed and most-recommended of the thousands of possible options available to pet lovers who want to enjoy a meal or a drink without foregoing the companionship of the family pet:
#10 – The Bars of Brooklyn NY. A collective honor, for a locale that’s got its own unique pet friendly vibe. Pick from among 23 pet welcoming watering holes in the Borough – beginning with Angry Wade’s in Cobble Hill and on to Toby’s Public House in South Slope – though you can’t go wrong by stopping at Smith Street’s Bar Great Harry
#9 – Red’s Ice House, Mount Pleasant (Charleston) SC — praised by reviewers for its “relaxing atmosphere” as well as “delicious food”
#8 – Quigley’s Irish Pub, Naperville (Chicago), IL – hailed for “Really good food and before I even ordered my food, the waiter brought my dog water and a dog bone.”
#7— Boat Basin Café, on Riverside Drive overlooking New York City’s Hudson River waterfront – which one reviewer proclaims “the best spot in New York City for dogs.”
#6 – In the Pacific Northwest – enjoy the Lucky Labrador Pubs – four dog friendly locations in Portland OR, including Lucky Labrador Beer Hall, Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, Lucky Labrador Public House, and Lucky Labrador Tap Room.
#5 – Head south to Houston TX where dog friendly dining has been permitted since 2011, and visit one of six dog friendly Barnaby’s Café locations, including Baby Barnaby’s Café – all named for the owner’s (now deceased) Old English Sheepdog Barnaby.
#4 – Florida’s penchant for al fresco dining is reflected in the popularity of pet friendly patios, porches and other accommodations across the state. Key Largo Conch House draws praise for its “Great food, great service, adorable atmosphere.” Plus its attention to visiting pets – like the bowls of ice water served to doggie diners.
#3 – Back north on the Florida mainland, Coconuts in Fort Lauderdale FL offers waterside dining and views and earns compliments like “Not only is the food great, but the service is terrific and all of the staff goes above and beyond to ensure you and your dog are enjoying your time there.”
#2 – Across the river from the Nation’s capital –Ireland’s Own Pub in Alexandria VA gets raves for its “Stew for dogs and people! Food is great and dogs are always welcomed.”
#1 – Finally, California’s own Cyprus Inn in Carmel ranks as PetFriendlyRestaurants.com founder Tracey Thompson’s personal favorite. Located in one of the most dog-friendly towns in the US, The Cypress Inn has long maintained that four legged furry guests are as welcome and accommodated as their owners. Guest are invited to “enjoy excellent food with your pup on the courtyard patio or in the lobby area.” And a Culinary Canine Menu including Muttloaf and Chowhound Chicken is served during daily Yappy Hour.