By SABRA STAFFORD
Finding an establishment with food and drinks that delight your taste buds and makes you feel welcomed is one of the simple pleasures in life. When that establishment also welcomes your four-legged companion, then it’s all the better. Here are some of 209 Magazine’s favorite places to go nosh, imbibe and enjoy the scenery with your beloved canine companions.
DUST BOWL BREWING CO. BREWERY TAPROOM
Location: 3000 Fulkerth Road in Turlock
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Contact: 209-250-2043; dustbowlbrewing.com
This casual dining and brewery earned the top spot as the most dog friendly place in the Best of 209 voting. The beer garden is open to guests with their dogs and is a relaxing place to sit and enjoy one of the craft beers and pizzas the establishment offers. There’s space for the dogs to get up and stretch their legs and fresh water is served tableside.
CLEMENT’S RIDGE PRODUCE
Location: 23225 Highway 88 in Clements.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 9a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Contact: 209-759-3850; www.clementsridge.net
This produce shop, bakery, deli, and wine room is very welcoming for guests and their dogs. They have plenty of outdoor seating and paths that are ideal to take a walk with your canine companion.
“We love having guests come with their dogs and we’ll even ‘dog-sit’ for them if they want to spend some time shopping in the bakery,” said owner Avery McQueen. “Some days we might even have some tri tip scraps from the deli to share with the dogs.”
Location: 510 W. Main Street in Merced.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Contact: 209-381-0280; http://510bistromerced.com
This American cuisine establishment offers a shady retreat on their patio for dogs and their dining companions. Staff are always willing to bring out a fresh bowl of water and some might even have a dog biscuit to share.
Location: 19040 Standard Road in Sonora.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Contact: 209-532-7687; http://www.standard-pour.com
The outdoor seating area of this craft brew and casual dining restaurant features a partially covered patio with dog bowls set out for thirsty pooches. The locale also is close to several wooded area perfect for dogs needing to stretch their legs and work their noses.
MENCHIE’S FROZEN YOGURT
Location: 1888 W. 11th Street in Tracy.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Contact: 209-229-1998; www.menchies.com
Menchie’s in Tracy is located near a grooming shop so they get lots of four-legged visitors to their outdoor seating area, said owner Bob Bloch. The outdoor seating area has some shade and they always provide fresh water, but what the dogs really love is when their owners spring for a frozen treat.
“We have quite a few guests you will buy a yogurt for their dogs,” Bloch said. “The most popular flavors are vanilla and dolce de leche. The dogs lap it up.”
BELLA GRACE WINERY – SUTTER CREEK TASTING ROOM
Location: 73 Main Street in Sutter Creek.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Contact: 209 267-8053; www.bellagracevineyards.com
It’s not uncommon for the owners and the staff at this tasting room to have one or two of their own dogs roaming the grounds and they welcome their guests to bring their own as well. The garden grounds outside the tasting room offer a perfect place for dogs to loll and lay as their owners sample some of the winery’s offerings.
LODI BEER COMPANY
Location: 105 S. School Street in Lodi.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Contact: 209-368-9931; www.lodibeercompany.com
This old-fashioned tavern serves up comfort food and allows dogs in their outdoor dining section. Staff will provide fresh water and are always friendly to their four-legged guests.
TWISTED PIG BAR AND GRILL
Location: 2717 Coffee Road, Ste. A in Modesto
Hours: 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
The American cuisine eatery is known for their meaty entrees that will have any dog drooling, but owners won’t need to share because the staff will have doggie treats available free of charge. The outdoor eating area is shaded and has outdoor fans and staff will always bring out a fresh bowl of water for the furry visitors.
Location: 3499 Brookside Road Ste. A in Stockton
Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday for lunch; 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday for dinner; and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Contact: 209-473-7300; www.mezzostockton.com
The cozy patio at this contemporary Italian restaurant makes for a great place to have a meal while your dog can relax in the shade and sip on a bowl of fresh water.
Location: 1429 Stanislaus St. in Escalon.
Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
For the early risers this is a perfect place to go with your pooch. The patio is shaded by a large umbrella and the staff is always eager to get visiting dogs a fresh drink of water. For those guests who want to give their canine companion a sweet treat, the café offers a cup of whip cream to delight the doggies.
Keep your dog on a leash at all times to prevent any wandering or getting in the way of the restaurant staff. The only exception is if the eatery has a specific area that allows for dogs to roam free.
No barking. If your dog just can resist letting out a constant stream of “Arfs” at other people, pets, or even their shadow, then it’s best to leave them at home. If during the meal your dog starts to show signs of stress or anxiety at all the movement and noise, the best option is to get your order to go.
Come prepared. Most restaurants will likely have a bowl that can be used for fresh drinking water, but it’s better to bring your own, as well as some plastic bags for any unexpected messes. Bringing your dog’s favorite toy also is a good idea to help keep them busy and entertained.
Well-behaved dogs are welcomed guests at some outdoor eateries, so make sure your dog will stay by you for the time you are there. A good walk or some play beforehand will help your dog be in the mood for a rest.