With a dwindling number of days left for dining outside, it seemed appropriate to debate matters of petiquette before we all shuttle indoors for the season of chili and hot cocoa.
The blog at Open Table (the online reservation system) recently posted a guide for how to appropriately enjoy al fresco dining with canine companions. It could also be a guide to eating out with your children: obey the rules, keep your pet (kid) under control, be aware of your pet's well-being, clean up accidents discretely, and pay attention to your pet/praise him.
The best advice I can add is to bring a portable water bowl or dish and assess your pet's mood on a given day. That and if your dog begs for dipping sauce after receiving a chicken finger, he's ready to order his own meal.
Sadly, none of the restaurants in Kansas City made Open Table's list for places to dine with pets -- but Coffee Girls in Waldo and Aixois in Midtown both keep dog bowls out on the patio and are welcoming to dog owners.
Foos' Fabulous Frozen Custard offers the doggie sundae -- a cup of vanilla custard. It's a $3 cup of comedy, watching a dog try to keep a plastic cup still on a sidewalk long enough to eat delicious custard. The best place to take your dog in town might just be the Winstead's drive-thru where, if they have them in stock, they'll give your dog a handful of complimentary puppy treats.
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