Washington DC Becomes More Dog Friendly in Time for BlogPaws!
It is going to be easier then ever before to make BlogPaws into a dog friendly vacation! Not only are you able to bring your dogs (of any size) with you to the conference but nearby Arlington where you would probably head for lots of sightseeing is now allowing their local restaurants to apply for a variance to allow dogs in their outdoor seating areas. This new comes just a few months after warnings were issued to area restaurants that only service dogs are allowed in dining establishments.
The application and acceptance process is sure to take a few weeks so there is no knowing which will be dog friendly in time for BlogPaws but there are several local places that already boast of their dog friendliness:
Cantina Marina is located on the D.C. waterfront, dogs are welcome on giant patio and it seems big enough that if you make a friend or two or five you could certainly find room for all of you to hang out. They have a full menu as well as a full drink menu. I have never been there but it looks like a fun place to hang out. I would probably order the Blackened Salmon and give a taste or two to the dogs. http://www.cantinamarina.com
Dogs are welcome out on the deck at DC Bread and Brew in Dupont Circle the menu is less pricey then the Cantina Marina but the options seem to be geared towards lunch visitors. They do however say that they source their Dairy, meat, eggs, vegetables, and produce from local suppliers. They also use Biodegradable Plates, utensils, napkins, and cups and are Green Cetified. Our Chef prepares different daily specials. According to DC Bread and Brew there are always a variety of soups, sandwiches, salads, and quiche on the menu made from locally sourced products. http://breadandbrew.com
If you are in the mood for an Irish Pub Pat Troy’s Ireland’ Own is the place to go with your dogs. They serve typical pub like food fish and chips, Shepard’s Pie, along with some more healthy options like vege wraps and grilled chicken. Plus they have a menu specifically for dogs. The big draw for this location is that it is open until 2am every night so if you want to hang out with your friends until late and your dogs are party animals too this would be a great place to go and hang out. http://irelandsownpub.com/
Art and Soul DC offers special seating for their Canine Guests. Along with the special seating there is a special menu prepared exclusively for their Canine Guests. This is a much more upscale dining establishment though their Hoecakes sound pretty interesting and as they shouldn’t have any Gluten in them would be something I would consider from the menu both options sound really good there is a Smoked Salmon and an Heirloom Pumpkin option. Their food is billed as Simple Honest Food from Local Farms. http://www.artandsouldc.com/
If you plan on spending the day sightseeing you will want to refresh at the Dairy Godmother that specializes in Wisconsin-style frozen custard. Along with all of the exotic flavors the have for people they offer 3 treats specifically for dogs puppy pops and baked treats in the shape of squirrels. Their Puppy Pops come in two flavors, Pumpkin and Banana, and are made from plain yogurt, peanut butter and either pumpkin or banana. Since many dogs are lactose intolerant, they use yogurt because the active cultures are beneficial to digestion they also happen to be wheat free. The Thai Coconut Custard sounds really good! http://www.thedairygodmother.com