Dinner with Your Best Friend
Either on the road or out on the town, sometimes you want to f ind a place where you can grab a bite and take your furkid along. While dogs aren’t allowed inside restaurants, many places offer dog-friendly dining with outdoor seating — and quite a few even have special menus with canine favorites. Portland frequently ranks high among dog-friendly cities, and the opportunity to dine with the pooch is just one reason why. As it becomes easier to f ind dog-friendly dining spots, there’s no reason for Fido to miss a dinner out.
Chains like Jamba Juice, Chipotle, and Burgerville advertise their patios for fair-weather dining with dogs.
McMenamins restaurants often have dog-friendly outdoor dining spots. Some favorites are its two Salem locations, and Portland-area spots including Mall 205, Cedar Hills, Oak Hills, and Greenway Pub.
Dog-friendly Portland has many others to choose from, including Tin Shed Garden Café, which serves up peanut butter banana ice cream to top off its doggie-specific dinner menu items.
Portland’s Lucky Labrador locations are also perennial favorites for the dog-dining set.
Further south, Eugene’s Oakshire Brewing Public House welcomes dogs during summer months, and Beergarden has a side patio entrance for dogs, plus servers known for being generous with dog treats.
Just because a place has outdoor seating doesn’t mean it allows dogs. Check online or call ahead if you’re not sure.
• Likewise, while the restaurant may be dog-friendly, every customer may not be, and it’s important to respect that. Here are a few etiquette tips from DogFriendly.com:
• Make sure your pooch is well-behaved around other people and especially children.
• Try to keep your dog close to your table or chair so he or she is not in the waiter's path.
• Dogs are not allowed on the chairs or tables.
• Bring your own doggie bowl or ask the waiter for a paper or plastic bowl. For health reasons, restaurants can’t let pets use glasses or dishes unless they’re disposable.
• Hook the leash on a chair, not a table. A dog leashed to the table can create havoc with spilled drinks or broken plates.