Hooray for dog-friendly restaurants! Not only do they make the joy of dining out even more joyful by allowing our pooches to tag along, but they also provide us with a great excuse to eat out in the first place: "Yeah, I only stopped by In-N-Out because Barkley here was craving a Pup Patty but, hey, since I'm here I might as well have a Double Double, fries, and vanilla shake to go, please."
1 – Starbucks: Puppuccino
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If your dog can handle a shot of dairy every now and then, treat her to a starbucks Puppucino. It's simply a small cup filled with whipped cream.
2 – In 'N' Out: Unsalted Pup Patty, The Flying Dutchman (Doggie Version)
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Next time you're picking up a Double Double for yourself, treat your dog to a "Pup Patty" -- a plain patty sans the salt, delivered in a doggie bag. Or if your dog deserves a little something extra special and is dairy tolerant, go for a Pup Patty Flying Dutchman: two pieces of cheese sandwiched by two burger patties (make sure you ask for the unsalted pup patties!).
3 – Sprinkles: Doggie Cupcakes
The Sprinkles menu offers doggie cupcakes which are basically sugar free versions of their signature scrumptious cakes topped with yogurt frosting.
4 – Handel's Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt: Frosty Paws or Dogsters Icy Treats
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Handel's ice cream chain carries dog-friendly ice cream such as Frosty Paws or Dogsters, a vet-approved icy treat available in peanut butter and mint flavor.
5 – Tim Hortons: Doggie "Timbits"
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Fan of Tim Hortons' "Timbits" bite-sized doughnuts? Did you know you can also order your pup a sugar-free doggie version? Now you do, so no excuse to not pick up a treat for your pooch.
6 – Dairy Queen (some locations): Pup Cup
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Not only will some DQ locations serve your pup, they'll even do it for free. Call up your local Dairy Queen to see if they offer Pup Cups, then bring your pooch 'round for the royal treatment.
7 – Shake Shack: Pooch-ini, Bag O' Bones
Like Sprinkles, this dog-friendly establishment has pooch items right on the regular menu. These include the Pooch-ini (dog biscuits, peanut butter sauce, and custard) and the Bag O' Bones (five ShackBurger dog treats).
8 - Rock & Brews: Dog Menu
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One of the most dog friendly of them all, Rock & Brews has an entire menu just for pups and pets are welcome to dine with you in their patio area where they're given a dog water dish upon request.
9 - Johnny Rockets (some locations): Doggie burgers, pupcakes, & more
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Though dogs are welcome at all Johnny Rockets locations and are offered a water bowl upon request, restaurants have a dog menu featuring items like doggie hamburgers, lickety split ice cream, and even pupcakes.
10 - Le Pain Quotidienne - Dog Treats
Feel a coffee-and-pastry-craving coming on? Grab your pooch and head on over to Le Pain Quotidienne! Dogs are welcome in their outdoor seating area, and dog treats are offered by staff on request.
11 - Culver's (some locations): Vanilla Scoop w/ Milkbone Biscuit
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We love Culver's for their daily-made, fresh and creamy frozen custard. Your dog will love them for offering up a milkbone biscuit inside a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Check to see if your local Culver's serves up this pup-friendly treat!
12 - Lazy Dog Cafe: Doggie Rice Plate
A dog-friendly meal is definitely something you'd expect from a place called the Lazy Dog Cafe--and this dish is pretty doggone good! Treat your pup to a generous portion of beef with a side of rice. Noms.