Dining at restaurants that serve local and seasonal food helps us be conscious consumers who care for animals and the planet. Dog-friendly farm-to-table dining experiences teach customers about food while supporting local farmers. Chefs prepare meals using the freshest organic ingredients and sustainable meat and seafood providers. Bring Fido to one of these restaurant patios for a meal fresh from the farm.
Posted by Erin Ballinger
1. The Farmhouse
In America’s Heartland, The Farmhouse utilizes the "tip-to-tail" method, meaning less waste. Dine on the patio with your pooch at this dog-friendly restaurant serving comfort food sourced from farmers in Kansas and Missouri. Your furry foodie will be begging for a bite of your biscuits and gravy, vegan hash, Farmhouse Meatloaf, or chicken carbonara. But he probably won’t share the fresh bowl of water served to him.
Make reservations at a pet-friendly patio table at Posana, an acclaimed farm-to-table eatery located in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square. The uber dog-friendly restaurant serves a multi-course menu just for canines featuring grilled chicken breast with grains, Brasstown Doggie Beefloaf, and bacon-soy doggie ice cream treats.
3. Jean-Georges at Topping Rose House
A trip to the Hamptons is an escape to “pawradise” for your four-legged friend. Jean-Georges at Topping Rose House is one of numerous establishments that welcome Fido. The farm-to-table restaurant, also known as JG at the Topping Rose, is a casually elegant restaurant that celebrates the seasons with sophisticated cuisine using ingredients grown on the property's one-acre farm and sourced from the area's farmers and fishermen. Enjoy noshes like Wagyu beef tenderloin, parmesan risotto with roasted mushrooms, and Maine lobster at the dog-friendly outdoor patio seating with communal tables.
While you tuck into dishes like whole-roasted branzino and truffle aioli fries at Eveleigh, your pup will rest comfortably underneath your pergola-shaded patio table on the faux grass. Weekend brunch is a “pupular” affair where you can order sides of eggs, bacon or chicken for your hungry hound for less than 10 bucks. In addition to serving amazing farm-to-table fare and cocktails, this trendy restaurant on Sunset in West Hollywood is a great spot to “stargaze.”
5. The White Oak Tavern
Just outside Baltimore at The White Oak Tavern, the best local, seasonal, and sustainable meats and produce are used for its pub-style menu items. Sit on one of the pup-friendly patio tables shaded by an umbrella, where Fido can lap up cool local tap water while you munch on dry-aged, grass-fed beef burgers or vegetarian pasta primavera paired with a microbrew on tap. If your pooch is a really good boy (and of course he is), order a Bowl-O-Bacon to share; it’s housemade, nitrate-free and brown sugar-cured!
6. Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
In the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains, Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro redefines regional cuisine. Dine on farm-fresh, gourmet Southern dishes on the rustic patio with your pooch. If you visit on a Thursday night, you and your furry music-lover can listen to a live bluegrass band. For a real treat, order the Chef’s Supper, a three-course meal curated by award-winning chef, Shelley Cooper.
7. Rogue Island Local Kitchen & Bar
In Rhode Island, Rogue Island Local Kitchen & Bar supports the local food system by making a conscious effort to redirect buying from “big food” corporations to the community farm or purveyor. Your pup will be immediately welcomed in the back patio with a refreshing bowl of H20 as you select something from the seasonal menus of farm-to-table cuisine and local craft beers.
8. Liberty Market
The shaded, dog-friendly patio at Liberty Market in Historic Downtown Gilbert, a suburb of Phoenix, is just the place to get your farm-to-table fix. The restaurant owners are dedicated to “serving quality food that nourishes the body and soul with a servant’s heart in good times and bad times.” Liberty serves an all-day breakfast for those late risers alongside sandwiches, salads, pizzas, and pastas made with market-fresh and locally sourced ingredients.
9. Flying Fig
Flying Fig was at the forefront of the farm-to-table movement in Ohio, supporting small, local family farms and food artisans with dishes inspired by recipes from all over the world. Bring Fido to join you on the pet-friendly patio in the historic neighborhood of Ohio City, just outside of downtown Cleveland, while you indulge guilt-free in items like the vegan chickpea salad sandwich, grilled Ohio beef burger topped raw cheddar cheese, or asparagus risotto.
10. Farm to Table Bistro
About 65 miles north of Manhattan, Farm to Table Bistro works with as many Hudson Valley farms, creameries and food purveyors as possible. Dogs are welcome on the comfortable outdoor patio while you dine. Menu items vary seasonally, but popular items include handmade hot dogs from Peter’s Meat Market, the Arthur Avenue Sampler made with the chef’s selection of cured meats and cheeses from Sprout Creek Farm, and items from the raw bar from local fisheries.