Our four-legged friends are not only invited guests at many Sonoma County restaurants, some fine eateries offer doggie treats, and a few feature special canine menus. Here’s where to get those tails wagging.
Howard’s Station Café, Occidental
You could share your over-stacked club sandwich with Fido, but even better, this family-owned eatery offers a doggie menu served on the restaurant’s open-air front porch. Pups can scarf the bow-wow burger, kibbles and gravy, and other adaptations of human fare like ham and eggs. There’s even a plate for vegetarian dogs, the lip smacking tofu scramble. People eat equally well, tucking into big breakfast and lunch plates like huevos rancheros, Dungeness crab Benedict, smoked salmon omelet Florentine, juicy burgers, and Baja tacos. People (not pups) should save room for the old-fashioned malted milkshakes. 3611 Bohemian Highway, Occidental, 707-874-2838
Garden Court Cafe and Bakery, Glen Ellen
This cozy café is happy to set dog cookie plates and water bowls on the patio, for an appetizer while Fido peruses the canine cuisine offerings like the Blue Plate Special of eggs scrambled with ground beef, garlic and zucchini; egg whites with ground turkey; and a babaloo pizza bringing a biscuit crust smothered in jack cheese, catsup and fresh herbs. Two-legged companions can savor breakfast and lunch plates such as turkey-chorizo-green chile eggs Benedict, pastrami Reuben, big burgers, quite a few veggie specialties and the signature Baby Bear porridge dotted in raisins, brown sugar and milk. 13647 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, 707-935-1565
This is one of the fanciest places Rover will ever be able to come over. The lush garden patio welcomes him with water and biscuits, though it’s unlikely you will want to share your award winning dinner. People treats cause Pavlovian response with lunch, dinner, and brunch dishes like crispy rabbit rillettes over French green lentils, quince and apple marmalade; pork belly with Yukon gold potatoes, poached egg, Béarnaise, avocado and bacon; and roasted chicken with dandelion greens, pickled onion, ricotta and egg yolk ravioli. 231 Center St., Healdsburg, 707-431-0100
HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol and Sonoma
Dogs will dig the beer gardens at these outposts of Gordon Biersch’s ever-popular brewpub. You can sneak bites to your pup under the table –we suggest French dip sliders on pretzel buns, sausage bites, or slow roasted Petaluma chicken breast with mashed potatoes and sautéed local vegetables. There’s usually live music to howl along with, too. 230 Petaluma Ave., Sebastopol, 707-829-7300 and 691 Broadway, Sonoma, 707-935-9100
Sunflower Caffe, Sonoma
Breakfast and lunch are even better at this charming, sunny oasis with a lovely garden patio, when your pooch is by your side. Snuggle up at (or under) a sunny table and tuck into rustic joy of thinly sliced prosciutto resting atop a hand-sliced piece of country style sourdough toast with Bellwether Farms fromage blanc, chopped pistachios and a drizzle of honey; or the decadent smoked duck breast sandwich served warm in a split baguette with caramelized onions, melted gruyere, mayonnaise, Dijon, and dressed organic greens. 421 First St. W., Sonoma, 707-996-6645
The roadside favorite is surrounded by pretty gardens and anchored by a nice patio, perfect for furry friends. Start the day with huevos rancheros, or a hefty chicken fried steak made with eye of the round and chipotle tri-tip then smothered in smoked brisket gravy with three eggs, fresh-made hash browns and toast. Lunch might be the 10-Hour barbecue pulled pork grilled cheese, or decadent porchetta French dip, while dinner tempts with sautéed brown butter chicken, or your pup’s favorite, the mixed grill of achiote chicken, tri-tip and porchetta. 22900 Broadway, Sonoma, 707-996-5151
For more ideas, read Pet-Friendly: Where to Go with Your Pet in Sonoma County and Sonoma County Parks to Walk Your Dog.