Increasingly, restaurants and hotels are becoming more dog friendly. Cole Gray looks at some local establishments that welcome two and four legged customers.
Keeping your furry friend fit and happy at home is simply a matter of picking the right food, going on plenty of walks, and giving him just the right amount of treats. But what about when you’re on the road? Bringing your pet along can actually be good for their health; they don’t have to leave your side, and can get lots of exercise walking around town with you. Just make sure to bring lots of water (and a portable bowl), plenty of doggie bags to keep the sidewalks clean, and a few toys and treats to remind your pooch of home.
If you’re staying the night, book a pet-friendly hotel near a park or grassy area. Some accommodations even offer pet amenities like treats at the front desk or a dog-friendly room service menu! Ask for a room on the ground floor so that you can make it to the exit in the morning when your pup is ready to potty; then you’re ready to hit the town! Make sure to check out dog parks, hiking trails, and even pet-friendly shops and department stores. After a long day of walking the streets and seeing the sights, pick out a pet-friendly restaurant with outdoor seating.
Go for a long walk beforehand to get your pup’s nervous energy out, bring a leash and water bowl, and make sure to call ahead!
Here’s where to take Fido in the Nashville area after a long day of exploring town:
Lynne Lorraine’s Juice Bar
One of several pet-friendly East Nashville establishments, Lynne Lorraine’s Juice Bar features creative, health-forward juices, smoothies, and vegetarian fare, and even allows well-behaved dogs inside! Shelby Park is just a mile away; stop by for a Sunrise Smoothie (apple, orange, pineapple, vanilla) on the way to the park’s off-leash area, or refuel with a Baked Tofu Wrap after a frenzied round of fetch. Raw juices and wheatgrass shots are available as well.
Phone: (615) 727-8851 • www.lynnelorraines.com
Opened in April 2015, Double Dogs is an upscale sports bar in Hillsboro Village dishing out pub fare, hand-breaded wings, and plenty of cold beer. Bring your pup along to the patio, where the wait staff hands out free treats and provides a water bowl! It doesn’t get more dog-friendly than this; even the “people food” is dog-themed. Go for Bo’s Dog Bowl Nachos, topped with homemade chili, Italian sausage, refried beans, and white jack cheese sauce, served in a dog bowl! Also available: burgers, pizza, four varieties of mac n’ cheese, hot dogs, sandwiches, plenty of craft beer and cider.
Phone: (615) 292-8110 • www.doubledogs.biz
M.L. Rose West
Looking for a pup-friendly pub? Look no further than M.L. Rose West in Sylvan Park. Open ’til midnight or later every night, and featuring a fully-stocked menu of craft burgers, specialty waffle fries, and plenty of local microbrews, the eatery’s front patio is the perfect place to kick back with Fido, play darts or nibble on Bottle Caps: fried pickles, okra, and jalepenos with house-made ranch dip. Water bowls are provided! Don’t miss out on artisan burgers like the Nash Vegas with pimento cheese, crispy tobacco onions, and barbecue sauce on a sweet potato bun. This establishment is 21+ after 9:00 PM daily, or 3+ in dog years.
Phone: (615) 750-2920 • www.mlrose.com
Germantown’s Butchertown Hall plays off the influences of the north side neighborhood’s Czech and German heritage, sprinkles in Spanish and Tex-Mex flair, and serves it all up on a huge pet-friendly patio with eighteen tables. Bring your pooch along for cuts, chops, tacos, or Tex-Mex in a woodsy-industrial biergarten setting. Be sure to check out the selection of exclusive craft beers, or the simple, high-quality margarita. Brisket is served by the pound with Texas toast or hand-made tortillas, or try street plates like the Pork Asado Tacos with chimichurri and jalepeno slaw. Brunch is served on weekends.
Phone: (615) 454-3634 • www.butchertownhall.com