By Kristi Rowe, NewsCastic
DFW dog lovers have oodles of options for indulging their four-legged friends. Dog-friendly patios have long been a feature at bars, restaurants, coffee shops and bistros throughout Dallas. Parigi in Oak Lawn and The Ginger Man’s five locations have entertained many a pooch over the years. Then there’s the country club of dog patios, Mutts Canine Cantina, which offers a doggie menu, snacks for human companions, and a members-only dog park.
Tried and true is great, but if you’re looking for something new, we’ve found some great dog-friendly patios around DFW that only opened in the last year or so. Check them out for their great food and drink offerings – just don’t forget to grab the leash and your precious pooch when you head out. Whether or not you share a morsel, we’re pretty sure your doggie will thank you.
Brain Dead Brewing – Deep Ellum
House-made beers like Gritz Cream Ale and Brain Dead Red are the main attraction at Brain Dead Brewing on Main Street in Deep Ellum, but we like the food menu too. The staff recommends the Gulf Shrimp Paella, and we think we’d like one of everything from the Starters menu. But then we might not have room for the Coma Burger. Better plan on a doggie bag for this one.
Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. – Bishop Arts
For sandwiches you’ll swoon over, head to Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. in the Bishop Arts District. You’ll feel like a kid again with options like Fried Bologna, Grilled PB & J, and of course, The Classic grilled cheese. We think you might enjoy The Elvis for dessert. Your pup might remind you that sandwiches are oh-so-shareable, but if you like, you can treat her to an organic, house-made cheesy dog treat instead.
Shakertins – The Colony (Austin Ranch)
Both you and your dog will love the swanky atmosphere and playful vibe on the patio at Shakertins Austin Ranch which launched in February. From craft cocktails to fresh food options to shuffleboard and Jenga games, this eclectic destination has it all. Try one of the signature flatbreads made with fresh seasonings and toppings on dough that’s rolled in house daily. Water bowls are available for your four-legged friend, and we hear that Chef Melissa Wagner (The Standard Pour/Mason Bar) is working on adding doggie treats to the menu as well.
Lazy Dog – Addison
It’s no surprise that the top dogs at a place named Lazy Dog are the visiting dogs. No detail has been spared to make them feel at home on this 2,313 square-foot dog-friendly patio. The dog menu features grilled meats and brown rice, and complimentary bowls of water are provided.
People don’t get the short end of the stick here, though. Made-from-scratch menu offerings like Hatch Chile Bacon Mac N’ Cheese and the new-for-spring Bone-In Pork Chop blend nostalgia, nuance, and fresh seasonal ingredients. After just one visit, you’ll be begging to come back, and that’s easily accomplished. Open since September 2015, the Village on the Parkway location in Addison is the first Lazy Dog to open in Texas, with Plano and Euless locations scheduled to open later this year.
Wild Salsa – Fairview
Open since 2015, Wild Salsa in Fairview is the latest member of the DRG Concepts family, which also includes Wild Salsa in Dallas, Dallas Chop House, and Chop House Burger. (All four are dog-friendly!) Wild Salsa celebrates the Mexican tradition of Dia de los Muertos, which is all about family and loved ones – so it’s a perfect place to enjoy with your furry family member.
We suggest you settle in on the patio with your pooch (on-leash) and start off with a trio of salsas and a tequila flight. Follow up with one of many traditional Mexican dishes which are all made-from-scratch each day using locally sourced fresh ingredients.
Good Union Urban BBQ – Richardson
If you love to be on top of the latest, make your way to the CityLine development in Richardson to try out Good Union Urban BBQ. The fabulous smell of this hot spot will have both you and your best buddy drooling. Their patio welcomes pooches, and the staff recommends a Whole Pig sandwich with a side of brown sugar beans and a 512 Pecan Porter. All we can say is “Woof!”
Harwood Grove – Uptown
All outdoors and all casual, all the time, The Grove at Harwood welcomes your puppy as warmly as they welcome your date. Why not bring both? Pull up a picnic table, and grab a simple snack, a delicious panini, a glass of wine, or even an adult snow cone. (Yes, you heard that right – nine different flavors!) Newly reopened this spring after a winter hibernation, this oasis in the city is the perfect place to relax or romp with your canine pal by your side.
High Fives – Knox Henderson
If you think there’s nothing better than a neighborhood bar, you might be right. Unless it’s a dog-friendly neighborhood bar – with craft beers on tap. Food and drink choices are exceptionally creative at this fun and friendly watering hole. Try the sandwich of the month, or go with the Priscilla – fried bananas, peanut butter and honey – we see what they did there. Share a bite with your doggie and we bet he’ll give you five.
La Perla Negra – Downtown Fort Worth
Mojito Monday, Taco Tuesday, Sunday brunch – what more could you ask for? Not much unless it’s a cozy dog-friendly patio at the downtown Fort Worth bar and restaurant, La Perla Negra. Everything from the cuisine to the artwork is handmade with fresh, responsibly-sourced ingredients. Enjoy a hand-crafted cocktail or Latin-inspired coastal cuisine in this beautiful, sophisticated space. Even the most demanding diva dogs will appreciate this lovely place.
Jack’s Tavern – Denton
We’ve covered a lot of ground here, but we venture onward in DFW to the “little d”, Denton, for our last stop. And what are we looking for in Denton? Beer, country music, sports on TV – did we say beer? All that fun stuff is freely flowing at Jack’s Tavern in Denton. Hang out on the patio for fun times with your pet and your friends.
It’s oh so hard to leave your pet behind when you head out for a fun evening or weekend diversion. It’s good to know you don’t have to. Pick the spot that’s close to you or fits your style. Enjoy the tried and true or check out something completely brand new. When you’re happy your doggie’s happy, so find your happy place to share good times with your best friend.