Dog friendly dining in DFW
State & Allen Lounge:
This casual Uptown eatery does not exude “Uptown”.
That’s a compliment. Due to personal safety concerns and my occasional visits to Uptown, I’d rather not elaborate.
For a restaurant that will allow you to surreptitiously park your dog on the patio, it has one heck of a huge and upscale menu.
14 wines by the glass, 11 choices from the cheese and meat board, 9 soups and starters, 5 burgers, 8 salads, 8 sandwiches, gourmet pizzas, and my favorite, Al’s Love Love Spicy Chicken Bowl. If you can get past the I-still-kinda-wish-I-was-a-hippie-but-now-I-own-a-restaurant-in-Uptown name, you’ll discover an interesting combination of Sriracha, sautéed chicken, rice, cilantro, tomatoes, chopped bacon, bell peppers and corn finished with white wine and a touch of butter. Pretty spicy, fairly filling and you won’t find anything like it anywhere else in town.
Almost a full-fledged gastropub, this Henderson Avenue hit has a dog-friendly front patio overlooking the “Shops at Henderson”. It is the Anti-Tristan Simon joint, attracting tattooed hipsters, SMU co-eds, and folks just like you and me.
Two facets of Vickery Park set it apart. First is the musical playlist. Everything from the Arcade Fire to The Rolling Stones to The Shins to the new Wu-Tang Clan is played.
The kitchen also puts out some damn fine fare. The regulars extol the Buffalo Fried Calamari, the Brisket Sandwich with the Kahlua Cream Sauce and the Burger. If you’re in for the long-haul, you can always order the Soft Tacos, served until 2 am.
Toulouse lets you bring your dog at dinner and sit in the enclosed patio, which is the absolute closest we have found to being "inside" with our dog. And, I know there are mixed reviews on Toulouse but seriously, where else are you going to take your dog and have a French 75 and a souflee?