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 TAPROOMLocation:
3000 Fulkerth Road in TurlockHours:
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.Contact:
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 PRODUCELocation:
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:
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.”
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:
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.
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:
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 YOGURTLocation:
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 SaturdayContact:
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 ROOMLocation:
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:
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 COMPANYLocation:
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:
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 GRILLLocation:
2717 Coffee Road, Ste. A in ModestoHours:
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.Contact:
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.
3499 Brookside Road Ste. A in StocktonHours:
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:
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.
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.Contact:
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.