5 Pet-Friendly Restaurants With Treats for Your Dog
Our four-legged friends are not only invited guests at many Sonoma County restaurants, some eateries even offer doggie treats, and a few feature special canine menus. Here's where to get those tails wagging.
Howard 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 at Howard Station Cafe.
Barndiva 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.
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.
Sunflower Caffe, Sonoma
Breakfast and lunch are even better at this charming, sunny oasis, with your pooch by your side at the sidewalk tables out front. Snuggle up at (or under) a sunny table and tuck into a Peruvian breakfast burrito with eggs, roasted corn and yam, rainbow quinoa, aji verde salsa, cheddar cheese, aji amarillo crema, salsa criolla, and a chipotle tortilla, or the decadent smoked duck breast sandwich served warm in a split baguette with caramelized onions, melted gruyere, mayonnaise, Dijon, and dressed organic greens.
Franchettis', Santa Rosa
Nothing says "dog friendly" like a pooch party, which is what you'll find at Franchettis'. Bring your pups to the patio, where they'll be treated to complimentary dog dessert treats with your purchase of a drink and pizza special. That's our kind of patio party.
For more ideas, read Pet-Friendly: Where to Go with Your Pet in Sonoma County and Sonoma County Parks to Walk Your Dog.