Hot Tomato Cafe124 N Mulberry St, Fruita, CO, US, 81521
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Hot Tomato Cafe welcomes dogs at outdoor tables. It is a local institution with extensive, handcrafted pizzas and salads. They pour New Belgium Beers exclusively. Excellent food, inviting atmosphere, and dog-friendly outdoor seating.
More than a year ago
NOT dog friendly for a solo traveler!
First off, let me say this is indeed one of the best pizzas I have EVER had. I had the Icarus and it was fabulous! However, I ended up getting it Togo because I felt very uncomfortable there with my dog. I got to the front door and noticed that you had to order from the counter inside, then they would deliver your order to your seat. All fine and dandy- I don’t have any issue with doing that. However, you can’t bring your dog in with you to order. I am a solo traveler with an 85# 8 month old pup. I cannot simply tie him to a gate while I go inside to order. I called the number on the front door and the woman who answered suggested I tie him up and come in. In Minneapolis, we don’t tie things up or they get stolen, so my pup has never been tied up to a post outside. I have no idea what type of disturbance he would cause, so that option was out! I was told I could go around to the patio and call my order in from there. Went around back and there was a “do not enter” sign on the gate and I could not locate an outside handle. Went back around to the covered patio and waited for someone to notice me. Finally, the same server let me in a mysterious side door in the covered patio, and brought me out to the porch. I called in my order from the porch, and settled in to wait. There was another friendly family with a dog eating their dinner back with us. Suddenly, my dog leapt up and squealed in alarm. It was then that I noticed the bees flitting around all over the delicious looking pizzas on the table next to us. Houseflies and bees were hovering everywhere. I decided to head back to our Airbnb, drop off my pup and come back to get my pizza Togo. So glad I did, because it was indeed an amazing pizza and I enjoyed every bite back at the house.
Maybe if I had had another person with me to hold my dog while I went inside to place my order, this would have been a better experience. But, I still don’t think I would have been comfortable eating on the patio with the hungry bees and black flies. My advice - get it to go!!!!
More than a year ago
Don't Miss This Place
A beloved local place with owners who care, employees who stick around, good beer, excellent pizza and dogs aren't just welcomed in the large outdoor dining area, they are adored. We go there a lot and bring our friends from out of town who visit.