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Sep 28, 2012 04:01 PM

Dining with our dog

We are coming up for a day of kicking around with the pooch and are hoping for an early curbside dinner at Barbuzzo. I'm going to call to confirm that that's ok by them (and we'll be well ahead of the dinner rush) but does anyone have any dog-friendly dining suggestions. We also hope to get some Paesano's to go for lunch and sit at a park, maybe Bardascino Park down the street.

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  1. Every other client is a dog at Rouge, but for better food head (almost) next door to Parc which has it's share of dogs.

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    1. re: bluehensfan

      Nice to hear that some Philly establishments are good dog friendly. On travels in Germany I often noticed a quiet dog next to or under a table at some very good restaurants. Admired the owners management of the dog by not calling attention to it and other diners who just accepted it and did not distract the dog by petting it or pay direct attention to it. Very civilized.

      1. re: Bacchus101

        To be honest, I think the same rules that apply to dogs inside of restaurants also extend to sidewalk cafes. It's just that some restaurants don't know or don't care about enforcing.

        1. re: Philly Ray

          Yeah, exactly. Although there are some rare businesses that actually let the dog inside and it's generally kept on the hush-hush. I'm looking for outdoor seating anyway. Parc is a definitely possibility... Thanks!

          1. re: kukubura

            Lets hope that the Philadelphia restaurants do not suffer the fate that New Hope PA restaurants did where pets were banned from outdoor areas.

        2. re: Bacchus101

          It's winding down to outdoor dining with a dog, weather will soo be too chilly.

          But Bacchus, you need to check out France where dogs are allowed in 95% of the restaurants INSIDE. They are also allowed in Dept stores, subways, and mostly everywhere. A great tolerance by the French for dogs!

          1. re: lemarais

            lamarais, quite right.

            I only get to France infrequently. I had notice an abundance of dogs and traces of dogs in Paris and have read and heard from many sources that dogs are is a huge problem there. As a dog owner and lover I understand that dogs can react differently with strange situations and/or to other dogs. I have a genital giant who is completely friendly BUT I am always aware that there are situations he has never been exposed to, thus I can only guess at how he will react and in an unknown public place that is not good enough. I would never take my dog into a sit down restaurant. I suppose that is why I was so enamored with what i had observed in my German experiences with dogs. Certainly one must also consider that a dog could unnerve or make other diners uncomfortable which is another reason I would not invite my guy to dinner. Of course local laws and health code restrictions also apply.

            1. re: Bacchus101

              Your pooch sounds very... impressive...

              1. re: Buckethead

                Our dog (a 35 pound sweetheart) spent her time at Rouge curled up at my feet and only really got up when someone was fawning over her. I agree that you need to only engage in situations where you're confident that you won't ruin other people's experiences. She happens to be really good about stuff like this but we also give her a lot of dog-appropriate activity (tons of walks, play time, etc) and she was well worn out from the park by the time we hit Rouge. As much as I like dining out with her I understand that in Baltimore (like most things) you wouldn't be able to trust people with the responsibility to the active ban is probably a good thing. You can't even bring dogs to outdoor farmers markets and it's probably just as well (as annoying as it is). Most dogs that you meet in Balt are bark-crazy rage monsters filled with nervous aggression and anxiety from lack to stimulation. Yesterday we met many mentally healthy dogs who obviously spent a lot of time out with their people and were very calm and well-behaved for it. We even got to go in stores where she just sat at my feet while we browsed. Good stuff.

                I have to say, every time I visit Philly I like it more. There's a healthy buzz on the street and people are out enjoying themselves, doing things. You get too used to the desolate streets and angry people in Baltimore and forget that things don't need to be like that.

                1. re: Buckethead

                  that sort of "giant" often is.
                  personally, i'm not a big fan of pets in stores or restaurants. it would be nice if there were a few known dog-friendly places in philly that everyone else would know to avoid. but i don't think that the health codes permit it.
                  High Point (at the train station) used to let dogs in, until they started making crepes.

                  1. re: Bob Loblaw

                    Last I checked, dogs are only allowed in restaurants in Philly if they are service dogs (seeing eye dogs, etc.) or police dogs.

                    1. re: Buckethead

                      I was specifically looking for outdoor seating. But there are a few places in most cities that allow dogs in, regardless of code, and it's usually on the hush-hush. Philly has a few.

                  2. re: Buckethead

                    Yes, I can not recall seeing a dog inside other than a service dog.

            2. re: bluehensfan

              Had the arista and paesano from Paesano's (took them to the park I mentioned and ate at a picnic table)... so good...

              Then wandered around, got some tableware for food photography at Fante's and the Kitchenette, went to a nice dog park at Lombard and 10th. Ended up at Rouge when Parc was a bit too packed for the dog aspect and sipped lovely cocktails with some snacks (tuna tartare and truffle fries). Thanks for the suggestion. There are surely more CH-ish places but the staff couldn't have been sweeter to the dog and sitting across from Rittenhouse was definitely more relaxing than at the little outside seats at Barbuzzo. We'll probably do another day trip soon and pick other spots to mix it up.

            3. Most places with outdoor seating will allow dogs. Places I know that allow include Fork, Caribou Cafe, Bar Ferdinand, Dmitri's (N. Liberties), Stateside...

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              1. Once I had a girlfriend who had a lab and we used to take it to a bagel place with outdoor seating. So I'm outside with the lab while she goes in to get the bagels and coffee and a lady comes by with two dalmatians, and the lab slips his leash and goes after the dalmatians, who wanted none of that action. I pulled the lab off the dalmatians whose owner immediately goes haywire, and I re-leash it except tighter so he can't slip the leash. My girlfriend comes back outside with our order and now she is ticked off cause she says I put the leash on too tight. Not like the lab is suffocating or anything, and the owner of the dalmatians is still screaming bloody murder so I'm catching it from two women at the same time and I don't even own a dog.

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                    1. re: Bacchus101

                      Bacchus: OK, I'll be the one to ask. Is your dog REALLY that kind of giant (go re-read our post)?

                        1. re: PattiCakes

                          PC/moon/et al

                          Good catch people. We need smarter spell checks and/or smarter posters. Gentle, gentile but no not genital; as he was fixed shortly after birth I think not. Too funny...thanks!