Limitless days in the sun and lots of fire hydrants are a dream come true. But no dog’s summer is complete without dining alongside his best friend. Here are some places that welcome Fido* on their patios. (Only service dogs can legally hang out in food-service establishments.)
*The top dog name of 2011, says Banfield Pet Hospital, was “Bella.”
Level 9, ninth floor, 509 Ninth Ave., East Village. (619) 727-4000 or hotelsandiegodowntown.com
Your dog will gush on the Hotel Indigo comment card. The rooms are dog-friendly. And wait until he sees the outdoor terrace-lounge, Level 9. It’s tricked out with a mini-lawn. There’s a shallow reflection pool, “for dogs to think about their lives,” one Hotel Indigo staffer explained. There are also monthly Canine Cocktails events out here. The next — with a DJ, treats, Level 9’s food-and-drinks menu and a raffle benefiting the San Diego Humane Society — is from 5 to 9 p.m. June 5.
Jersey Boys Diner
875 Seacoast Drive, Imperial Beach. (619) 423-1208 or jerseyboysdiner.com
Flour, egg and water make up those baked-fresh Daisy’s Doughnuts ($2 for three). The $5 Buddy’s Beef meal is cooked ground beef and kibble. There’s no need to covet the canine menu: This year-old diner along the Seacoast strip has fried pickles, burgers, chilaquiles and more.
1956 Bacon St., Ocean Beach. (619) 224-4700 or pizzaport.com
Bond with your dog over a hoppy pint of Jetty IPA and pizza slices (both for people only). The beers, by brewmaster Yiga Miyashiro, are nationally recognized. Sorry, dogs, there’s no menu for you here. But make an immediate right at the entrance, find that front patio, put on your best “sharing is caring” dog pout, and see what happens.
Shades Oceanfront Bistro
5083 Santa Monica Ave., Ocean Beach. (619) 222-0501 or shadesob.com
Just inland from the OB Lifeguard Station, Shades is big on dog worship. (See its website, which says to date your dog because dogs never argue.) Request a dog-friendly, rail-side patio table before you order your pan-fried crab cake Benedict. Talk your pooch into something wholesome from the $3.95 Fido Menu — unseasoned, lean roast beef perhaps? You won’t need to twist his paw to get him to nearby Dog Beach.
The Wine Pub
2907 Shelter Island Drive, Point Loma. (619) 758-9325 or thewinepubsd.com
Studies show that people with pets live longer. The first Wednesday of every month, adoptable dogs show up to this wine bar/restaurant to enhance your life! Dine with your dog any Wednesday, aka Woofer Wednesday, and the Pub donates 10 percent of your bill to the dog-rescue nonprofit The Barking Lot. Paninis, Kobe beef meatloaf and lots of California wines are waiting for you. The “For the Pooch” menu has $2 dog dishes like shredded chicken with rice and all-natural peanut butter cookies.
See also: Beaumont’s; Bread and Cie Café; Brockton Villa; Caffe Bella Italia; The Prado; Brickyard Coffee & Tea; Baja Betty’s; Gingham; Gaijin Noodle + Sake House; Point Loma Seafoods; Donovan’s Prime Seafood; Del Mar twins Davanti Enoteca and Mia Francesca; Pacifica Breeze Café; Richard Walker’s Pancake House; Indigo Grill; and St. Tropez Bakery & Bistro in Encinitas.
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