San Francisco, the Bay Area, California, and some visits to
Huxley loves nothing better than eating out with his pack. His
humans like almost every restaurant and bar on this list, but the
ratings are Hux's, according to how comfortable he is and whether,
if he's lucky, he gets a nibble too. Huxley's taste in wine is no
less reliable for being based entirely on chewing the wine-soaked
end off the cork.
Mission District, Noe Valley, Bernal Heights
|331 Cortland (331 Cortland). This
collection of food vendors doesn't offer anything for dogs
besides a bench outside where humans can sit with them, but
any place you can walk your dog to is better than a place
where you can't. Huxley doesn't remember whether there was a
water bowl at this specific address, but Cortland Avenue is
a parade of water bowls (and of dogs).
|Atlas Cafe (20th at Alabama). The back patio of this neighborhood cafe (reached through the side door on Alabama) is full of friendly dogs, and there's a water bowl for the dogs and good draft beer for the humans.|
|Beretta (Valencia at 23rd). After many years of visits at all hours and in all weathers, Huxley regards this as his home away from home. Outside tables are protected by awnings and heat lamps, and sometimes there is water. However, the humans usually drink the strong stuff here and it doesn't come with corks.|
|Big Mouth Burger (24th St. between
Bartlett and Valencia). The burgers smell good but the
coleslaw that the guy holding the leash gets here instead of
fries is of little interest to dogs, and there is less shade
under Big Mouth's little wire tables than under Phat
Philly's picnic tables.
|Cafe Fiore (24th at Guerrero). Huxley
doesn't see the attraction of this place: it is so close to
home that it's like being cheated out of a walk, and there
is nothing outside but a few tables on a slanty sidewalk. At
least there are a few dogs to say hello to mixed in with the
torrent of commuters rushing down 24th.
|Cafe St. Jorge (Mission at Cortland)
This is actually not a spot for dogs at all, except for the
bench outside where the humans can wait with them. But the
bolo de arroz smelled good.
|Chez Marius (24th St. between Noe and Castro). Closed! Huxley came here many times when this restaraunt was called Le Zinc, and it didn't change too much under the new owner. You could sit out front to watch the street, just like a Parisian tourist, or in back under the heat lamp. Huxley particularly liked the corks from the well-chosen list of French reds.|
|Craftsman and Wolves (Valencia between
18th and 19th). Although Huxley likes the idea of wolves and
the smell of the creative and flavorful pastries, he never
gets more than a few crumbs that fall off the crumbly ones.
But this place opens at 7 AM like a proper bakery should,
convenient during a morning dog walk, and it's next to
Mission Pet Hospital, and it's on Huxley's walk to work, so
Huxley gets to visit all the time.
|Dynamo Donuts (24th between York and
Hampshire). Huxley has gradually penetrated deeper and
deeper into this breakfast spot, sitting first just inside
the door, then in the main room (where even he felt he
shouldn't be allowed), and finally in the back patio, where
he got a dog donut to celebrate. And then the boys got a
free dog donut to share from the nice person at the counter,
so we're stopping there every time now.
|L'Emigrante (18th & Mission).
Closed! Huxley's tail was down when The Corner,
the previous restaurant in this location, closed. Now he
gets to watch the goings-on at this interesting corner again
-- but he still doesn't get anything from the table, and
there are still few amenities here for him other than an
occasional cork. Wonder why the humans like it so much?
|Esperpento (22nd St. at Valencia). A long-time favorite, at least when there are outside tables. At this writing there are, and there are is even a half-tent to ward off the wind. The food and the corks are good, and the restaurant is close to Huxley's house, which means frequent visits.|
|Farina (18th St. between Valencia & Guerrero). Closed! Though there were some interesting corks, the heaters were too high overhead to make up for the chill wind blowing down 18th Street and the food, although good, wasn't the sort that the humans will share with Huxley.|
|Farina Pizza (Valencia at
18th). Closed! A better bet for Huxley than the
original, since the east-facing sidewalk tables are
sheltered from the wind. There are heaters, the friendly
staff offers water, and Huxley knows nowhere else where he
can enjoy a Sammarinese cork. But watch out for the boorish
humans that this block of Valencia attracts.
|Front Porch (29th at Tiffany). Nothing
could be more appropriate for hound dogs than to hang out on
the cozy front porch of a Southern restaurant called the
Front Porch. Heat lamps keep dogs and humans warm. There are
blankets, too, but not for beagles.
|Garcon (Valencia & 22nd). Closed! This neighborhood French restaurant has several sidewalk tables and friendly staff always ready to serve you there and bring water. There are no heaters, and the partitions that once moderated the evening breeze are gone. But Huxley has had some memorable bones here, most notably the birthday marrow bone that he prized so much he dragged the humans home so he could bury it.|
|Giordano Bros. (16th at Valencia).
Outside tables, heat lamps, and an occasional dropped french
fry are just what Huxley looks for in a neighborhood
restaurant. He has no interest in the excellent beer, but it
keeps the humans in place while he waits for a fry to drop.
|Grub (Valencia between 18th & 19th).
Closed! The staff said a friendly hello and brought
water, and there was lots of interesting canine and human
traffic to watch while the humans ate, but Huxley isn't
giving out more than one bone until he gets a taste of the
food. At least last time the humans ordered a real cork
instead of a screwcap. Grub is now
|Hog & Rocks (19th at San Carlos).
Closed! The outside tables are large, the heaters are
powerful and dogs are offered water. Hog & Rocks is open
until 'round midnight, just right for a semi-nocturnal
predator. Huxley has no interest in rocks (oysters), and the
hog is way too good for him, but he has gotten a lamb bone
|Hot Press (Mission between 25th &
26th). Closed! To Huxley, the only attraction of
this panino shop was how close it is to his home. There was
an awning over the two sidewalk tables, but nothing else for
dogs. But just across the street there's a nicely appointed
water bowl outside the dog-friendly Fizzary and brand new
pet supply Mission Critter, so altogether it was a nice
|Humphrey Slocombe (Harrison at 24th). Huxley doesn't think the novel flavors here are any more exotic than what he finds on the street every day, but he lives for the end of the cone just the same. Less spilled ice cream than Mitchell's, but more outside seating.|
|The Liberties (Guerrero & 22nd). Although this Irish pub has had outside tables for a while, they only recently became able to serve beer at them. That's what was needed to make a pleasant outing for the whole pack. The second bone is for the friendly, dog-loving owner and some special consideration that we're not at liberty to discuss in detail here.|
|Lolo (22nd between Mission and Valencia). Moved! The benches out front protected Huxley from lunchtime sun and water was available. For whatever reason, though, the humans never shared whatever was on those small plates. Lolo moved to a new location on Valencia which doesn't have outside tables.|
|Mitchell's Ice Cream (San Jose Avenue at 29th St.). Nothing is better than a visit to San Francisco's finest ice creamery, always mobbed with friendly humans and dogs, a chance to slurp up fallen ice cream off the sidewalk while the humans relax on the benches outside, and, if Huxley is lucky, the end of a cone.|
|Monk's Kettle (16th at Albion). Huxley
had no idea this place existed until they added sidewalk
tables recently and became possible to get in to for both
humans and dogs. The only amenity relevant to dogs is an
awning and Huxley doesn't like beer, but dishes are often
accompanied by fries or tater tots so Huxley has something
to look forward to.
|Noe's Bar (24th St. at Church St.). Closed!
Just what you need after a hike to Las Papas: a couple of
tables with umbrellas, draft beer, and all of Noe Valley
going by. Hux heard he could go inside; he hasn't tried yet,
but if it's true another bone would have been sure to
follow. This location is now Hamlet; they have
sidewalk tables, but Hux hasn't visited yet.
|Noeteca (Dolores at Valley). This
refined cafe -- too refined for beagles to get a taste --
provides a water bowl, an awning on its sunny east side, and
tables on its shady north side, so there will always be a
comfortable place to sit. The trick is deciding which spot
best avoids whatever wind happens to be blowing. Or get
lucky and enjoy a consideration which we're not at liberty
|Old Jerusalem (Mission between 25th
& 26th). Closed! (temporarily, we hope). Huxley used to sit at this place's lone outside
table, wondering why it was any better than walking down
Mission Street. Now they've moved a few doors down to a
space with a back patio. Huxley is much more comfortable,
and is looking forward to trying out the heaters, but he
still isn't getting anything from the table.
|Phat Philly (24th St. between Bartlett and Valencia). This hopping fast-food joint would have three bones if Huxley ever got a scrap of the delicious-smelling cheesesteaks. Meanwhile, there's usually one or two left of the giant portions of fries. The kind servers even sometimes bring water when it's not too busy. The outside tables are probably the best place in the Mission to watch all manner of people and dogs go by.|
|Picaro (16th St. between Valencia & Guerrero). Something about this taperia makes the humans generous. Huxley has been known to get a whole cantimpalito (a snack-sized chorizo), usually when the humans get near the bottom of a bottle of Spanish red -- a delicious cork at a reasonable price. Tables are protected by a little fence and the neighborhood is always interesting to watch.|
|Porcellino (Church at Duncan). Closed!
Huxley had dreamed of coming to this place's precessor,
Incanto, for years, but it was for humans only. This casual
successor had dog-friendly outside tables and a
still-excellent, if shorter, list of corks.
|Rosamunde (Mission between 24th &
25th). There is not much space between the closely packed
tables on Rosamunde's narrow front porch for Huxley to lie
down in, but there is a water bowl at the end and heaters
overhead. Huxley puts up with the smell of beer for the sake
of the smell of sausages. If only he could somehow have one.
|Sandbox Bakery (Cortland at Gates). Closed!
There are just a couple of benches outside for the humans to
sit while they eat their pastries and drink tea. Huxley
liked that, because it makes for easier begging. He also
liked that this place is relatively far from home, as
breakfast walks go, which means more walking for him, and
the morning parade of dogs along Cortland. Being busy in
other parts of town, Huxley hasn't visited since Sandbox
|Southern Pacific Brewing Company (Treat near 19th). There is plenty of space at the picnic tables on this brewpub's front patio, and there's a water bowl somewhere around. It gets cold when the sun goes down behind the building in late afternoon, which means the humans' fries get cold and Huxley might get one. He is trying to decide whether all of the delicious homemade sharp mustard that he somehow got hold of means more bones or less.|
|Stuffed (Mission just north of 24th). Closed!
Huxley and Wallace's frustration at not getting a single
scrap of the delicious pierogies was matched only by their
delight at the friendly owner's generosity with jerky. No
heat lamps, but the cavernous entrance was well sheltered
from the wind.
|Toast (Church at Day). Huxley would
probably rather keep walking to the 30th Street dog park or
Billy Goat Hill than sit down for breakfast here. But he is
a big Sirron Norris fan.
|La Torta Gorda (24th between Bryant
& Hampshire). Huxley really appreciates being able to
get into this Poblano torteria and restaurant's patio, where
there is water and heaters that might come in handy someday,
because it means a walk down one of his favorite streets.
But there's nothing solid for him here other than frequent
flotsam from the overstuffed tortas.
|Troje (26th at South Van Ness). Closed! The
friendly folks at this remote outpost of fine cooking were
willing to put a table outside for Huxley, and the humans
were more than willing to take him any time he wants. But
there was nothing here for him except some especially
|Tuba (Guerrero at 22nd). This excellent Turkish restaurant has no outside amenities other than a couple of tables, and the wind on wide Guerrero Street can be bitter. None of that matters to Huxley when the friendly waitresses give him lots of attention, an exotic cork or two, AND all the lamb bones he can eat. Huxley will be taking his humans to dinner here as often as possible.|
|Vino Rosso (Cortland at Anderson). There's only a bench outside, which means only glasses of wine for the humans and no corks for Huxley, but the water bowl is very welcome after hiking around Bernal Heights and there are always friendly human and canine passers-by. Other humans have been seen eating outside as well as drinking, so this place's star is on the rise.|
|Wise Sons Deli (Shotwell at 24th).
It's not as hard to find space at this wildly popular deli's
outside tables as it used to be, so Huxley visits regularly.
|Xanath (Valencia at Liberty). No doubt Huxley appreciates the difference between the several different kinds of vanilla at the Mission's newest and most exotic ice creamery even better than the humans do, but he also keeps coming back for the good location, the handy benches and the big bucket of water provided for dogs. And did we mention that he might get the end of a cone?|
Potrero Hill, Dogpatch
|Dos Pinas (Rhode Island at 16th). Outside tables and Mexican food that's bland enough for a beagle -- if he manages to steal any.|
|Harmonic Brewing (26th between
Minnesota and Indiana). Huxley approves of the trend of
brewpubs that allow dogs inside, and he rolls over for Native
Sons BBQ wherever they appear. He doesn't even mind
gnawing on a rib bone that was previously enjoyed by humans
not in his pack.
|Il Pirata (16th at Utah). The slow, slow service here is just fine if you're a beagle sunning himself on the back patio. The Italian sausage sandwich that that guy holding the leash always seems to get smells great, but Huxley has to settle for an occasional fry.|
|Liba Falafel (DeHaro at Alameda). Closed! Just a food truck parked in front of a disused warehouse, and Huxley sometimes has to endure being tied up next to the running generator while the humans order, but he never fails to score mouthfuls of dropped falafel and -- even better -- delicious sweet-potato fries. Sadly, Liba is out of the truck business.|
|Market & Rye (DeHaro at 16th). Closed!
The human puppies that have recently taken over this
neighborhood threw half of their food underneath the cheery
blue picnic tables, so Huxley was optimistic about the
possibilities at this bakery-oriented cafe. No other dog
|Pizza Nostra (DeHaro at 16th). Closed!
Though the humans have often enjoyed a glass of lunchtime
wine at this fancy pizzeria's outside tables, Huxley has
never gotten a cork or even a pizza crust. It must have been
good! However, it recently changed ownership and Huxley no
longer works in the neighborhood, so he doesn't know what
it's like now.
|Triple Voodoo (3rd between 19th & 20th). The only interest this place holds for dogs is that they're allowed inside, on the cool concrete and out of the hot sun. Well, actually, Wallace looks forward to a drop of strong beer now and then.|
|Wolfe's Lunch (16th at Wisconsin). Next to the Showplace Triangle mini-park, this Korean greasy spoon has a few outside tables, but not much else that interests Huxley.|
|Huxley worked in north Potrero Hill and only ever got to lunch in that part of the neighborhood. Other dog-friendly options around there which he never got to visit include Cafe Pazzo, on Henry Adams at the traffic circle, What's Up Dog on De Haro at 16th, and the Chairman Bao food truck, last seen at De Haro and Alameda on Fridays. A well-behaved dog might even get away with sitting at a courtyard table outside the excellent Rustico, in the California College of Arts' building A2 on 8th St. between 15th & 16th.|
|Laughing Monk (Egbert between 3rd
& Jennings). Huxley dislikes beer and high stools that
put the humans' food out of reach, but none of that matters
when Native Sons BBQ is serving next door in
Seven Stills and he gets some rib bones. The friendly
barman brought water, too.
|Speakeasy (Keith at Evans). Closed!
Huxley wasn't allowed inside and it was cold and windy out
by the picnic tables, but when the humans moved fast enough
he might get a rib bone fron Native Sons BBQ.
South of Market
|The Butler and the Chef (South Park). Hux fits right in with the strict French ambiance. The kindly chef, who's been known to bring out a dog treat, and all of the other dogs visiting the park made this his favorite lunch stop back when he worked in this neighborhood.|
|Jamber Wine Pub (Folsom between 4th
& 5th). Even though this place has no corks (their wine
is on tap), Huxley is ready to fight for one of their few
outside tables any time, because absolutely everything here
that isn't already fries comes with fries. Heaters take the
edge off the bitter SoMa wind.
|Off the Grid (5th & Minna). When
Huxley and Wallace worked South of Market this was their
regular food truck stop. That the neat techie customers
don't seem to drop much was made up for by the guy at the
other end of the leash's practice of taking his lunch back
to the office, where there was plenty to beg for.
|Ristorante Umbria (2nd & Howard).
Closed! This would be a fine place for a fancy
Italian lunch if Huxley ever got a taste, or if he got to
jump up into the big comfortable-looking chairs. At least
there's plenty of interesting traffic at lunch time on this
|South Park Cafe (South Park). The nicest place Huxley knows of to watch humans eat dinner South of Market. It's not far from his old office, there are dogs in the park in the evening, too, and he usually gets a cork.|
|Zebulon (Natoma near 2nd St.). Closed!
That guy at the other end of the leash sometimes seemed
awfully relaxed here for a weekday lunch. Yes, there was
beer as well as sandwiches. There wasn't really much here to
interest Huxley, but it was a welcome oasis in this
neighborhood. Now disappeared under Transbay Terminal
North of Market: Financial District, North Beach, Union Square, Tenderloin, Polk Gulch
|A La Turca (Geary St. at Larkin). Delicious Turkish food at reasonable prices for the humans, water for Huxley, and sidewalk seating in a neighborhood where it's rare.|
|Amante/Chubby Noodle (Green near
Stockton). Closed! Huxley and Wallace were both
happy to visit this bar/Korean fusion popup combination even
though they didn't get any of the food: there were heaters,
water brought by the friendly staff and plenty of friendly
tourists to say hello.
|B44, Belden Taverna, Brindisi, Cafe Bastille, Plouf, Sauce (Belden Place). All of the many restaurants on Belden Place have covered outdoor seating and heaters. Huxley usually sits at one of the tables farthest from the restaurants (and the heaters) where there's more room to sniff around. Two bones for the reliability of all these restaurants as a group; one of them is bound to be open at almost any time. Cafe Bastille has been open for weekend lunches when the others were not. The humans like the tapas at B44 and the mussels at Plouf best, but Huxley is most interested in Cafe Bastille's aromatic andouillette.|
|Bask (Columbus at Jackson). Not only
does this newish Basque restaurant have ample outside
seating on a very entertaining street, heat lamps, a water
bowl and delicious corks, but it was around the corner from
Huxley's old workplace so he can visit often.
|Bocadillos (Montgomery at Columbus). Closed!
Even closer to Huxley's old workplace, this tasca had only
one outside table, so Huxley and the humans only got to go
here when they were very lucky, or when the weather was
stiff enough to send home the amateurs. With no dog
amenities aside from the well-chosen corks and not a crumb
falling from that table, Huxley is puzzled as to why the
humans liked it here so much.
|Cafe Claude (Claude Lane). Huxley will never forget his first visit to this outpost of traditional French cooking, when a kind waiter treated him to the remains of someone's charcuterie plate, boiled chicken left over from making stock, extra hamburger from a steak tartare, and even a lick of the steak tartare mixing bowl. The humans were so jealous. Excellent corks as well.|
|Cafe Zoetrope (Columbus and Kearny).
The one bright spot for Huxley at this Italianesque cafe is
that they have a few especially excellent corks at good
prices. As long as the supply holds out he'll be back. Next
time he'll ask them to turn the heaters on.
|Humphrey Slocombe (Ferry Building). The rule is that if Huxley doesn't see a sign that says no dogs allowed, he must be allowed. Anything for the end of a cone.|
|Comstock Saloon (Columbus at Pacific).
Huxley has been coming here since the San Francisco Brewing
Company days. There is still no better place for a dog, or a
human, to watch the world go by than one of the tables
tucked in around the main entrance. Huxley appreciates the
friendly clientele and the water brought by the maitre d',
but he's not giving out a second bone until he gets some
fries like he did in the old days.
|Cotogna (Pacific at Montgomery). A
pleasant spot in this leafy neighborhood to sit on a nice
day and watch the humans not share. At least Huxley got
water and a good cork.
|Doc Ricketts (Columbus between Jackson
& Pacific). There can never be too many sidewalk dining
options even in a neighborhood already packed with them. The
heaters keep Huxley warm enough to put up with the lack of
anything else here of interest to dogs.
|Emporio Rulli (Union Square). During Huxley's stay downtown in 2006, this was the place to enjoy an early continental breakfast and watch Union Square wake up.|
|Gelateria Naia (Columbus between Green & Union). Closed! We visited whenever a long weekend walk takes us to this part of town. Huxley was willing to wait outside tied to a parking meter while the guy with the leash orders, because he knew he'd get the end of the cone eventually. The outside tables were as good as any along Columbus for watching the crowds of tourists and locals.|
|Georges (Sansome at Commercial). Closed!
For Huxley, the only saving grace of the few outdoor tables
at this seafood restaurant was that they were perfectly
positioned to greet his hard-working colleagues on their way
home from the office. But the financial district gets cold
fast at night, the tables are too high for Huxley to see
what's going on, and the humans ordered glasses, not corks.
He's not sad that the humans never returned for happy-hour
oysters, either: their bones are much too tough.
|Giordano Bros. (Columbus at Broadway). Closed! The outside tables here aren't quite as comfy as at Comstock Saloon, but the fries that regularly fall out of the overstuffed sandwiches more than make up for it.|
|Gitane (Claude Lane). This hot spot from the Cafe Claude people is a must-visit for dogs, with an awning, heat lamps and water brought out right away. The humans drink sherry here so Huxley never gets a cork, but bones from the humans' pork ribs make it a three-bone destination.|
|The Grubstake (Pine at Polk). This Portuguese diner has a covered porch to relax on and water for thirsty dogs, and vinho verde for breakfast means happy humans might give Huxley a little piece of bacalao.|
|Grumpy's (Vallejo between Front &
Battery). Huxley and Wallace wonder why the humans take so
much trouble to get here early for one of the highly sought
after sidewalk tables. The burgers smell delicious, but
no-one ever gets to eat any!
|The Hall (Market between Golden Gate
and McAllister). Closed! Huxley misses this
independent food court in the mid-Market neighborhood now
that the building it's in is becoming condos. It was once
his only option for a sit-down lunch anywhere near work. He
got there before 12 to get one of the picnic tables and
enjoy the extremely diverse street scene.
|Honey Honey (Post & Taylor, formerly The Crepe House). What's not to like about breakfast with a cheery tiki god?|
|Irish Bank (Mark Lane, near Grant & Bush). Convenient to Union Square and open all afternoon. There is endless outside space, much of it protected by awnings. Huxley has sometimes sat in a puddle here, but has forgiven all since that time the waitress dropped an entire platter of fries.|
|Leland Tea Company (Bush near Polk). Closed!
Huxley much preferred the humans to join him at the single
outside table than to keep an eye on him from one of the
inside tables by the window. Not much here for Hux, but if
it kept the humans going, that meant a longer walk for him.
Leland Tea Company has now moved to Burlingame.
|Mario's Bohemian Cigar Store (Washington Square). Hux has never actually had one of Mario's meatball sandwiches, but the smell keeps him coming back just in case. The outside service is a little slow, but that's just perfect for relaxing and enjoying this interesting corner location with lots of people and dogs to greet as they walk past.|
|Machka (Washington east of
Montgomery). Closed! Late in the week a cheery crowd
fills the tables outside this well-groomed Turkish spot and
its neighbor Aventine, and occasionally there is even
another dog. But the tables are too high for Huxley to feel
like part of the pack, and until the human orders more than
a glass of wine there's not even a cork here for Huxley to
|Off the Grid (Front & Vallejo).
Another food truck gathering, this one conveniently located
near Huxley's old office, in session three days a week, AND
sometimes including old favorite Liba Falafel! Only the lack
of seating and the dog-unfriendliness of the nearby park
stand between this location and a second bone.
|Original Joe's (Union & Stockton).
Heaters, a water bowl and one of the best street scenes in
the city make this an ideal stop for the dog about town, and
big portions mean there is bound to be something at dog
|Park Tavern (on Washington Square
Park). Not only does this North Beach hot spot provide a
ringside seat for busy North Beach and Washington Square
Park, but the entertaining parade of guests arriving at
valet parking is in full view of the sidewalk tables.
Heaters (and blankets for the humans) keep the fog away, and
though there was no water Huxley didn't look up from his
short rib bones long enough to notice. On a later visit Hux
got a bowl of water, so if you don't, just ask.
|Rose Pistola (Columbus between Green
and Union). Closed! Humans were better taken care of
than dogs here, but busy Columbus Avenue is interesting and
Huxley might get to visit one of his favorite ice cream
stops a few doors down.
|Sydney Town Tavern (Commercial between
Sansome and Leidesdorff). Closed! It could be hot in
the unshaded middle of this closed-to-traffic block, and he
was never offered water, but Huxley and his old colleague
Gilligan enjoyed the change of pace from hanging around the
office. And pretty much everything here came with fries.
|Sotto Mare (Green near Columbus). One
way to get in to this packed, no-reservations seafood
restaurant is to sit out front on a cold night when no-one
else wants to. Though there are no amenities, Huxley enjoys
greeting the steady stream of guests and the dog-friendly
staff might bring a treat if they get a spare moment.
|Tony's Pizza Napoletana (Union & Stockton). Not
only does this place have heat lamps (though they're a
little small for a cold SF night), not only do they keep a
sturdy, shiny water dish ready for their canine guests, not
only is there an excellent list of corks -- but Huxley will
not soon forget the giant, still-juicy marrow bone that the
humans let him have when they'd done all they could with it.
|Vicoletto (Green at Jasper). Huxley
has no idea what is served at this rather nice little
Italian restaurant on bustling Green Street. It is at least
a comfortable place to wait for the humans to finish
whatever they're up to, with heaters, water and decent
|Wine (Embarcadero Two). Closed! Hux prized this place not for the corks -- the humans tended to have glasses here, not bottles -- but for actually having been allowed inside a couple of times before there was sidewalk seating. The space is now occupied by a new wine bar and we haven't been back yet.|
|Absinthe (Hayes Valley). This
restaurant and bar's tiny outside tables on busy Hayes
Street are the closest that Huxley and Wallace will ever get
to visiting a Paris cafe. They don't get any closer to the
food here than they do anywhere else, though, although they
do get water.
|Betelnut (Cow Hollow). Closed! Three words: logo water bowl. Plenty of outside tables and heaters, too. We usually got here by walking from home, which meant a long sit with a beer or two.|
|Liverpool Lil's (Cow Hollow). Closed! This pub had a dog at every sidewalk table and good fries, but our neighbors kept their dog so nervous and worked up that Huxley understood why we sometimes make fun of the Marina.|
|Outerlands (Sunset). Although Huxley
likes to sleep in, he doesn't have much use for brunch,
because it has few bones and no corks. But Outerlands has a
nice parklet to sit in while you're waiting for your table,
lots of other dogs to say hello to, and heat lamps.
|Park Chalet (behind Beach Chalet, on the Great Highway at JFK Drive). Three bones for abundant outdoor seating, heat lamps near every table, lots of other dogs to greet, and the brewpub beer and erratic service, both of which keep the humans from moving on too quickly. And, of course, because coming here means a long walk in Golden Gate Park or on Ocean Beach or both.|
|Sociale (Presidio Heights). San Francisco's most charming patio, heaters that can handle the foggiest night, and an excellent and unusual selection of corks.|
|Tango Gelato (On Fillmore in Pacific Heights). Closed! A refreshing stop in a mostly unfamiliar neighborhood, with a couple of little outside tables and maybe the end of a cone.|
|Ziryab (Divisadero between Fell and
Hayes). Moved! This Mediterranean place had crowded
but plentiful outdoor seating in a front patio set back from
the bustle of Divisadero. They were open all day on
weekends, making them a handy stop in this neighborhood.
Huxley didn't get any of the excellent shawarma, but he did
get a few of the very good fries. They've moved to a place
across the street with no outside tables.
Huxley has noticed all of the outside tables in Hayes Valley and
on Polk Street in Russian Hill and wishes his humans went to those
neighborhoods more often.
|Ben Tre (on Grand Avenue a few blocks
east of 101). This is a real novelty for Huxley: a
Vietnamese restaurant with a patio, still dog-friendly at
their new location. Although Ben Tre has become a regular
weekend morning stop for the pack. their meat is much too
good for the humans to give him any, so Huxley has to settle
for fresh air and frustration.
|Barclay's (College Avenue, Rockridge). Abundant outdoor seating, a long beer list and Hux's friends Rosie and Teebone make for a perfect follow-up to some East Bay hiking.|
|Chop Bar (4th at Alice, Oakland). This neighborhood favorite near Jack London Square provides the dog dining basics -- heat and cold water -- on their long, narrow patio, but the patio wall is solid so Huxley can't see the street, the humans like their food too much to share, and cocktails mean no corks.|
|Radio (13th just east of Broadway,
Oakland). Huxley is oblivious to this
beer-and-basic-cocktails bar's excellent DJs, but he's happy
enough to rest in its deep shade after a long walk around
|Sunny Side Cafe (Solano Avenue). Here's the place for brunch before or after a long hike in Tilden Park. The food is too good for Huxley to get any, but dogs and humans alike can enjoy the heaters.|
|Wat Mongkolratanaram (Russell near Martin Luther King Jr.). No water, few other dogs, and only a concrete slab to lie on, but Huxley comes here again and again for stray beef balls. Once he got a whole containerful of khanom krog that someone dropped.|
Huxley's pals Teebone and Rosie have been talking up Chow in Lafayette. Hux hasn't been there yet, but is looking forward to it.
Though Huxley loves The Other Place, he doesn't think much of the Anderson Valley or the nearby Mendocino area as a culinary destination. The rest of the pack always seems to eat without him. He has hopes of visiting the Boonville Hotel restaurant some day when they're seating outside, though; the humans certainly seem to like it.
|Anderson Valley Brewing Company (Boonville). Hux doesn't like beer himself, and there's nothing else here. But he's allowed inside, and the excellent beer makes the humans so happy Hux can make a full meal on treats.|
|The Buckhorn (Boonville). Closed! This pub had a full range of Anderson Valley Brewing Company beers and decent pub grub. The outside tables were the perfect place to rest up with a nice bowl of water after the long drive up from San Francisco.|
Huxley and his friend Cody loved their visits to dog-friendly
SLO. County law bars dogs from wine tasting rooms, but the better
establishments admit them anyway.
|Big Sky Cafe (Broad between Higuera and Marsh). Though this place had a very nice patio and the staff brought water, the uninspiring smell of the humans' breakfasts made Huxley wonder if there was as much meat in there as they'd expected.|
|The Firestone Grill (Higuera at Osos). The only thing wrong with this place is that not one bit of the steak sandwiches that the humans were so pleased with made it down to beagle level. But it's a self-serve establishment so there were plenty of french fries and such all over the vast patio, and big gas fireplaces keep away SLO's nighttime chill.|
|Foster's Freeze (Nipomo & Marsh). SLO is almost as cool as San Francisco in the summer, but the humans just like ice cream and Huxley was happy to come here again and again to help clean up spills.|
|Luna Red (Chorro at Monterey). Huxley
liked this creekside place even better than the humans, what
with the abundant heat lamps and friendly, water-bearing
staff. Many delicious local and international corks are on
|Novo (Across the bridge from Mission Plaza). This creekside hotspot has a front door on Higuera, but dogs can get to the patio from the path by the creek. Huxley enjoyed both an excellent cork of local Pinot and an exquisitely done bone from a ribeye steak. This is how dogs were meant to live. The staff was both attentive and unhurried, and understanding of both humans and dogs.|
|Old San Luis BBQ (Higuera between Broad and Nipomo). This brand-new competitor to the Firestone Grill, a bare-bones takeout window, has even more delicious-smelling tri-tip which Huxley is even less likely to get any of. On the bright side there are lots of interesting smells in the cracks around the handful of outdoor tables.|
Two paws up from Huxley for this also very dog-friendly area! Hot weather means lots of outside dining and high-alcohol wines that keep the rest of the pack in an easy-going mood and out of the car. Almost every area winery welcomed Huxley. This may have been where he developed his taste for corks.
|Ballard Inn and Restaurant (Baseline Avenue, Ballard). Sophisticated, careful cooking, a real standout in the rustic Santa Ynez Valley. White-tablecloth seating on the porch was perfect for humans and dogs, and Huxley rolled over for the bones that came with the humans' lamb.|
|Wandering Dog Wine Bar (Mission Drive at
4th Place, Solvang) Huxley remembers when this place was
Cabana Cellars. It still welcomes four-legged friends inside
as well as outside and the corks are even better.
|Firestone Walker Taproom (Just off Highway 101, Buellton). There's just a table or two outside, the wind can be fierce and you're on your own for service, but it's an essential stop in the perfect location.|
|Los Olivos Cafe and Wine Merchant (Grand Avenue, Los Olivos). From one of the comfortable outside tables at this location made famous by "Sideways" you can see and hear everything that goes on in Los Olivos while you enjoy any of the top-quality local corks available on the wine-merchant side. The cafe side has food for a simple snack with your bottle or a whole meal.|
|Mortensen's Danish Bakery (Mission Drive at Atterdag, Solvang). There are quite a few places to eat breakfast outside in this tourist- and dog-friendly town, but Huxley has been here twice, once on the shady back patio and once out front, for the wide selection of Danish pastry. The pastry is far too sweet for dogs (in fact Mortensen's seems to use special sugar, more tooth-achingly sweet than anything the humans have ever had) but they're still happy to hang out with you.|
|Side Street Cafe (Alamo Pintado, Los Olivos). Closed! Chef Patrick welcomed dogs on his wide, shady front porch and the staff brought water right away. The humans were sure to come up with a cork from the exceptional list of local wines. Huxley didn't get any of Chef Patrick's excellent California cuisine, but the humans were so pleased that they gave him extra treats.|
For a state with so many good corks, Oregon is surprisingly tough on dogs. They often aren't allowed even on restaurant patios, and places for them to stay are hard to find except at chain motels. The McMinnville McMenamins is an exception with both dog-friendly rooms and sidewalk tables, but there has never been space there for Huxley or Wallace. Since dog-friendly wineries are less common in Oregon than in California, this and the next section list them as well as restaurants.
|McMenamins Roseburg Station (700 SE
St.). McMenamins saved the blazing hot July day with
umbrella-shaded outside tables and water for the boys. And
beer country was, as usual, also fry country.
|Brooks (East of Amity, off SE Eola
Hills Road). Although this once down-to-earth winery has
fancied up in recent years, Huxley and Wallace were allowed
onto the roofed deck and given water. And there are corks
available for the asking.
|Domaine Serene (North of 99W between
Lafayette and Dundee). This otherwise rather pompous winery
was kind enough to let Huxley and Wallace around the side
onto their deck. The tables are shaded with umbrellas, but
otherwise there's not much here for dogs. Still, it's more
fun to watch the humans than to wait in the car.
|Dundee Bistro (SW 7th Street at 99W,
Dundee). An oasis in the dog-fearing Willamette Valley, with
a big patio away from the road, where Huxley and Wallace
were welcome, and a long list of local corks. There are even
fries on the menu (they come with the delicious-smelling
steak), but Huxley sniffed the truffle oil and said no.
Central Oregon is less stringent about Oregon's
no-dogs-in-restaurants law than the finicky Willamette Valley. The
humans still need to ask whether dogs are allowed on the
restaurant patio or in the winery, but the answer is yes a lot of
the time. And the water bowls in front of practically every shop
make dogs feel very welcome. Just don't leave your dogs in the car
in the sun, even if you think it's cool enough, or the dog-loving
citizenry will teach you a lesson you probably need.
|Bend Brewing Company (on Brooks near
the Newport/Greenwood Avenue bridge). Huxley and Wallace
could spend all day at this long-established riverside
brewpub, which has not just a dog-friendly patio but a lawn
with picnic tables, an outdoor bar and a food truck.
Excellent chance of fries.
|Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House
(1044 NW Bond St.). On their first long trip north the
humans held off on lunch until this pilgrimage site only
three hours south of Hood River. Late afternoon was the
perfect time to find space at one of the coveted streetside
patio tables. The staff brought water and the humans had
more than enough fries to share. Only Wallace was a bit
disappointed, because the beer was too good for him to get
even a drop.
|McMenamins Old St. Francis School
(Bond at Louisiana). Not only can Huxley and Wallace watch
their humans drink and eat on this fine establishment's many
shady patios, they can stay overnight! They even got to
watch breakfast in the secret room behind the broom closet.
There are water bowls all ready on the patios and the
beer-friendly food includes both fries and tater tots.
Hood River and vicinity
|Brian's Pourhouse (Oak near 3rd, Hood
River). This lively place and its dog-friendly patio are
open until 11, perfect for long midsummer evenings. The
Columbia Gorge wind is brisk, but it doesn't faze beagles
used to San Francisco nights. Friendly staff brought water,
and there were fries to be begged for.
|Cerulean Wine (off Oak Street
near 3rd, Hood River). This little tasting room has a cool
cement floor just right for recovering from a hot July day
while the humans sip Riesling. No corks, though, just
|Domaine Pouillon (Lyle Snowden Road,
Lyle, Washington). This mostly Rhone-focused winery has a
brand new tasting room where Huxley and Wallace were happy
to take a break from the summer sun.
|Double Mountain (4th St. between
Columbia and Cascade, Hood River). Sidewalk tables let
Huxley and Wallace get attention from every dog-loving
patron and passer-by. Strong beer and good pizza mean plenty
of "bones" for the boys.
|Hood River Hotel (Oak St. at 1st St.,
Hood River). Huxley and Wallace breakfasted at the sidewalk
tables at the hotel's restaurant (currently Swedish, which
seems to mean happy humans but nothing for dogs) several
times during each of their visits. But mentioning the
restaurant is also an excuse to sneak a mention of the
extra-dog-friendly Hotel into this page of restaurant
reviews. In return for a very reasonable pet fee, the Hotel
provides a dog bowl, a protective sheet for the bed, a bag
of treats (our brand!), a squeaky toy to kill and a welcome
on a bone-shaped chalkboard at the reception.
|Nora's Table (5th Street just north of
Oak, Hood River). Closed! Lamb chops on
the menu meant that the boys got to properly appreciate Hood
River's finest white-tablecloth restaurant. There were a few
outside tables where they could join the humans, there was a
good list of local corks, and the staff brought water to
pair with the bones. Unfortunately Nora's became Kin, which
does not have a license for dogs on its patio.
|Springhouse Cellar Winery (next to the
Mt. Hood Railroad station, Hood River). This innovative
establishment serves excellent wine on tap by the taste or
in glasses, and sells both regular and refillable bottles to
go. On tap means no corks for Huxley, but at least the boys
could relax inside while the humans refreshed themselves.
Huxley, who likes sled dogs, was also sorry to miss out on
Springhouse's resident malamute, said to be unfriendly to
visiting dogs and kept in the back while we visited. We bet
they'd have gotten along fine. Conveniently located steps
from the Hotel.
|Three Rivers Grill (Oak at 6th, Hood
River). In summer all the business at this white-tablecloth
place is on the high deck overlooking the river, where dogs
are welcome. There is water and good corks but chances of
fries are low.
|Wy'East Vineyards (six miles south of
downtown Hood River on Route 35). The boys are allowed in
the tasting room. One one visit the whole pack enjoyed a
bottle of excellent Pinot Gris and a picnic lunch on the
patio. On another the dogs lounged on the
appropriately-for-the-area fruit-patterned carpet out front.
This page is updated whenever Huxley gets wind of something new. Got a suggestion? Write Huxley, huxley at eagerbeagle dot com, and let him know.
Huxley's rating system is similar to that used in the Michelin guides:
|Well worth a visit.|
|An establishment with outstanding qualities, head and shoulders above the rest.|
|The experience of a lifetime, whether measured in human or dog years.|
Of course Huxley is reviewing for dogs, not for humans, so some
ratings might not be what a human would expect. Reviews of some
establishments, mainly those outside of San Francisco, are based
on less visits than a real reviewer would make. There are a lot of
places off Huxley's regular routes, in and out of S.F., that he
hasn't even been to yet; if your favorite isn't listed, maybe
that's why. Hey, for a dog who can't drive, Hux is doing pretty
A green bone means that Huxley's
packmate Wallace Beagle has given that establishment his Fun for
the Whole Pack Seal of Approval!