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Inspector Picks: Pet-Friendly Restaurants

July 20, 2021
Quality time with your pet doesn’t have to stop when it’s time to decide where to eat. Some of the best restaurants across the country are pet-friendly. Whether you're a fan of al fresco dining or looking for fun things to do on a road trip with Spot, AAA inspectors have you covered. Over the years, AAA Inspector picks have traveled widely and shared their expertise. Here are some of their picks over the years for pet-friendly places, many of which also feature outdoor dining. So bring Spot, but don’t be tempted to give him table scraps.
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Flying Saucer

Cordova, Tennessee
AAA Inspector 596: I find this to be the perfect spot to enjoy a cold beer, good food and the company of my dog out on the patio.
This pub features a full array of draft beers, and dogs are welcome to join diners outside on the patio. Enjoy live music and great food as well. The menu features items such as bacon-wrapped jalapeños, the "Saucer" burger, a turkey melt and shepherd's pie. If you have a sweet tooth, try the "Mud Island" torte.
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AAA/Inspector 593

The Jetty

Grasonville, Maryland
AAA Inspector 593: Whether relaxing in the sand on an Adirondack chair or enjoying a meal on the dock, it's the perfect place for dining with your dog.
With beautiful views of Wells Cove, this fun pub boasts a seafood-heavy menu with bar staples like nachos and pizza. The huge outdoor seating area is pet-friendly, and a special menu of steak and chicken is available to feed your hungry pup. Happy hour is offered Monday to Friday. Live music is featured Wednesday to Sunday during the season. On-site boat slips are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
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AAA/Inspector 334

The Open Door & Wine Bar

Sisters, Oregon
AAA Inspector 334: I sit with my dog and have lunch or dinner on a beautiful patio in a pleasant garden setting. Also, they provide water for my pet.
If you are looking for a place to unwind, this restaurant is the perfect spot. The patio resembles a quiet backyard. The artichoke dip and skewered bacon and Brussels sprouts are great starters. Seasonal dishes may include veggie or meat lasagna, wild fish of the day with polenta and roasted rib chop with a hard-cider glaze. Wine paring is a highlight and the knowledgeable staff is spot on with their suggestions. Gluten-free and dairy-free items are available.
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Orillia, Canada
AAA Inspector 16: On the way to and from cottage country, it has been a long-standing tradition to stop here, stretch one's legs, walk the dog and enjoy a bite to eat.
Since 1963 the grilled burgers have been a staple for cottage-goers heading to and from the Muskokas. In 1983 the restaurant bought a portion of the pedestrian bridge from the CN Tower and erected it over Hwy 11, making it the first privately owned bridge over a highway in Ontario and allowing the extensive traffic in both directions to stop and enjoy the extremely popular burgers. Long lineups are not uncommon, but the system of taking orders and payments while guests wait in line works well. The menu is simple with burgers, hot dogs and delicious fries. An ice cream stand also is on-site. The restaurant offers extensive grounds to stretch your legs, walk the dog and sit and enjoy a burger at a picnic table. Old CN Rail cars house the patty-making operation.
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AAA/Inspector 512


San Francisco, California
AAA Inspector 591:
A local favorite, this charming neighborhood bistro draws a crowd, especially for brunch with their scrumptious food. Monday night is dining on the patio with your beloved pet. Tuesday is free corkage night. Tax and tip are already included in the price, so no more headaches calculating the tip.
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