{ DOG ABOUT TOWN }

DOGGONE DINING

In Chinese astrology, it’s the Year of the Dog, and, in celebration, our Dog About Town shares some of his favorite places to dine with his human

BY SKIPPER LEMLIN  |  PHOTOS BY NOUSHIN NOURIZADEH & RONEIL CHAVEZ
Skipper at Osteria Romantica, The Shores
Skipper at Osteria Romantica, The Shores
Romeo at Americana, Del Mar
Romeo at Americana, Del Mar
Savannah & Louie
Savannah & Louie

HI, MY NAME IS SKIPPER, and I’m panting with excitement about writing the first article in our new feature, Dog About Town. Well, not literally writing—I am a dog, after all, and my paws aren’t exactly made for keyboards—but I’m pretty good at dictating so my mom can type it for me. This first article is all about one of the things I love most—food!—and where I, my friend Cooper, and all our canine cohorts can dine out and bring our humans along.

For those of us pups who are lucky enough to live here, it’s no secret that San Diego has consistently been named one of the most dog-friendly counties in the USA. It seems that almost everywhere we go, we are treated like VIPs (Very Important Pets), even at many restaurants with outdoor patio dining that can be accessed without having to pass through the restaurant. (Of course, we have to be on our best behavior and not disturb anyone!)

Did you know that the Broken Yolk Café locations in East Lake, Gaslamp, Point Loma, Del Mar, Mira Mesa and National City not only have welcoming patios, but have a special menu just for dogs?  We can order bacon and eggs, a beef patty or a side of bacon bits!  Just the other day, I had the best meatball and rice dinner EVER at Osteria Romantica in La Jolla Shores, and I can’t wait to try the grilled chicken option next time. These aren’t “officially” on the menu, but they are available upon request for all the canine customers, and the same goes at their sister restaurant, Pomodoro in Point Loma. I love fish, and so I was super excited about the piece of fresh cod Chef Paul Arias grilled for me at The Fishery. He told me that it is a very “pup”ular by request order on the restaurant’s front patio.

The welcome water bowl is always out at Americana Restaurant and next door at Elixir Juice and Food in Del Mar—sometimes they even have homemade dog biscuits! The couches on the oceanview patio at Bella Vista Social Club & Caffé above Torrey Pines are great for lounging on with my mom and her friends, especially at sunset.

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Skipper
Skipper
Beatrix & Rupert
Beatrix & Rupert
Cooper
Cooper
Gracie
Gracie

When we’re feeling the quaint and classy vibe, Cooper and I head to La Jolla Village. At La Valencia Hotel, there are three (!) outdoor dining areas where we can join the humans (the entire hotel is dog friendly), and the valets at NINE-TEN Restaurant and Bar can always be counted on for treats and cuddles. Cooper particularly enjoys the “bottomless” water bowls at Parakeet Café and neighboring Juice Crafters. We’re also welcome on the patios at Harry’s Coffee Shop, Girard Gourmet and Spice and Rice Thai Kitchen.

After a morning romping at Del Mar Dog Beach, Cooper and I are always ready to chill with our moms at Lockwood Table Café, just a few blocks north in Solana Beach.

These are just a few of the many, many, dining options in the San Diego area for dogs and their humans.  Have a favorite that I didn’t mention?  Let me know, and I’ll sniff it out! And please follow me and my adventures on my Facebook page: Skipper the Travel Dog.