Mostly, I'm just looking for a spot that has a patio large enough for me to grab a table on the outside perimeter. I like to make sure Ike stays out of the way of busy servers and fellow diners. Beyond that, I love it when they are sweet to him. Stopping by to say hi, bring him a bowl of water and maybe a treat.
|Ike, hanging out at Blind Dog Cafe|
Outside of our locals, we like to visit 14th Street for dog-friendly patio spots like Cafe Saint Ex, Lupo Verde, Le Diplomate, Cork Wine Bar and Ghibellina. The unofficial headquarters of DC pups is probably Cantina Marina, which hosts dog-friendly happy hours. And, we'll cross the Potomac river for my friend Javier's paper thin slices of jamon on the patio at SER in Ballston.
Here's my running list/map of dog-friendly restaurants, bars and wine stores (just click on the red dots to see what they are - and use the +/- to zoom in and out):
What are your dog's favorite spots? Let me know where Ike and I should go next in the comments or on Twitter.
PRO TIP: Ike's tiny, but part of the key to staying out of the way at a restaurant is making sure that he has his Sleepypod. If I need to I can zip the top so that he's contained, but comfortable. And the mesh top makes sure that he can feel like he's still part of the action. People ask me all the time where I got his Sleepypod, so here's a link to it check it out: Sleepypod (Jet Black)
|Sleepypod - Ike's favorite way to travel|