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Inspector Picks: Pet-Friendly Restaurants

Updated: March 22, 2024

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Quality time with your pet doesn’t have to stop when it’s time to eat. There are many great restaurants that are pet-friendly. Whether you're a fan of restaurants with outdoor dining or you’re planning a road trip with pets, AAA inspectors have you covered. Over the years, AAA inspectors have traveled widely and shared their expertise. Here are some of their favorite pet-friendly restaurants.

The Cottonwood Cafe

Sisters, Oregon

AAA Inspector: This magical cafe has a pet-friendly backyard patio blanketed by cottonwood trees. I enjoy time with my pet here.

When visiting this tiny picture-perfect town, stop in this cozy café located in a darling 1930s cottage. Just look for the white picket fence. The menu is seasonal and a few highlights consist of sweet tea pork and grits, Parmesan crusted turkey on rye, bacon mac ‘n’ cheese tossed in noodles and hearty soups and salads. The veggie Benedict steals the show. Vegan and vegetarian options are plentiful.

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 "Duke" burger, a turkey melt and pizza. If you have a sweet tooth, try the "Mud Island" torte.

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Austin, Texas

AAA Inspector: A modern show kitchen with a mystery centerpiece box attracts me, but the truffle tater tots keep me coming back for more!

The use of local products, an open fire grill kitchen and the talents of the culinary crew make this one of Austin's leading food venues. Most dishes on the seasonal menu were created with the touch of the open flame. I highly recommend the fermented carrot embers, and entrées like seared Atlantic cod are perfectly grilled and nicely garnished with pickled cherries. The menu is artistically descriptive and fun to read.

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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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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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