The Northwest leads the nation in dog-friendly dining. Many eateries — from those with elegant stems and crisp linens to those better known for pint glasses and picnic tables — welcome Fido to the table (usually on the patio) — some in surprising style!
Across the state, and the nation, an increasing number of dining establishments are becoming pet-friendly. Some, like the Tin Shed Garden Café on Alberta Street in Portland, even have a substantial menu for their doggie diners.
Being able to take your dog out for a nice dinner along with your friends or family can enrich the experience for everyone, but keep in mind: just because a restaurant is pet-friendly, other diners may not appreciate your dog sniffing their plates. Here are some etiquette tips for four-footed dining courtesy of Tin Shed Manager Merna Marriott.
DINING IN STYLE...DOGGIE STYLE
• Unless you know for sure that a restaurant welcomes dogs, call ahead and confirm it.
• Dogs should remain on a leash at all times.
• Your dog should be willing and able to sit calmly if there is a wait to be seated. Marriott recommends taking a blanket when it’s chilly out so your pooch isn’t resting on concrete.
• Don’t assume that other diners or restaurant staff want to engage with your dog. Keep your dog close unless he or she is invited to socialize.
• NO barking or begging. Only take your dog to dine out if s/he is well-behaved around other people, animals, and … food!
• NO wandering. Just like with small children, restaurant staff shouldn’t have little ones — two- or four-legged — unexpectedly in their path or under foot.
• NO standing or sitting on chairs or tables.
Some eateries, like Tin Shed, provide doggie food bowls, but not all do. Call ahead to see if you need to bring your own.
Tin Shed Garden Café
Dogs are always welcome at Tin Shed, but Tuesday night is Doggie Love Night. For every regularly-priced people menu item ordered, you receive one doggie item free. Tin Shed sells doggie bandanas for $8, 100% of which goes to a doggie charity or shelter. Dogs who wear their bandanas get 50% off their doggie meal.
• Tin Shed Garden Café — tinshedgardencafe.com
Vanessa Salvia's love for animals began as a child, when stray kittens just seemed to follow her home (who thankfully, her family accommodated). She lives on a sheep farm outside of Eugene OR, surrounded by dogs, cats, horses, chickens and kids.