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Best Dog-Friendly Restaurants

July 20, 2011 10:03 AM

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Charlotte is a dog-friendly city with many parks, walking trails and even restaurants where you can take your pooch. Although having dogs inside restaurants is illegal, most restaurants that have outside seating on decks are usually dog-friendly. Divided into the three most fun sections of Charlotte–NoDa, Plaza Midwood and Southend– are a few restaurants to take your dog. Whether you’re in the mood for pizza or barbeque, these restaurants will welcome you and your dog, outside of course!


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NoDa is the historic arts district of Charlotte with galleries, music venues, coffee shops and dog-friendly restaurants and bars. The Dog Bar NoDa deserves the first mention simply because of its name and nature. It is, in fact, a bar where you can bring your dog while you enjoy happy hour with your friends and yes, you can order food from many of the neighboring restaurants including Cabo Fish Taco, Boudreaux’s, Solstice Tavern, Crepe Cellar and Growler’s Pour House, among others. There is a 10-dollar yearly membership for each dog and owners must be able to show proof of rabies vaccinations. Dogs must be well-behaved and a copy of dog rules must be signed. In the warmer months, the Dog Bar NoDa can host dog birthday parties, dog adoption parties, social events and live music. This Sunday check out Sunday Fundays with live music from 3-5pm! You must be 18 years old to enter. Call (704) 351-2323 to book a dog party or email for more information.

Dog Bar NoDa
3307 N. Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 370-3595
Hours are Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6pm-11pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 6pm-2am; and Sundays, 1pm-9pm.

Revolution Pizza and Ale House is a restaurant in NoDa with an outside deck where you can enjoy Meditteranean-fare with your friends and even bring your dog. The signature pizza, the NoDa Pizza, is dedicated to what locals call “the best neighborhood in Charlotte” and is a red pie topped with Grateful Growers pulled pork, Peppadew Peppers, carmelized onion and finished with a balsamic vinegar reduction. Known for its large selection of beer, the beer list includes ales, porters and stouts, wheats, nitrogens, pale ales and IPAs and lager. Cultivate the culinary arts and beer in this dog-friendly restaurant with homemade breads, hand-crafted pizzas, pasta, gelato and craft beers. Email for more info.

Revolution Pizza and Ale House
3228 North Davidson Street
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 333-4440
Hours are Tuesdays, 4pm-10pm; Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4pm-11pm; Fridays, 4pm-until; Saturdays, 11:30am-until; and Sundays from 11:30am-10pm.

Plaza Midwood

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Zada Jane’s in Plaza Midwood is very popular with dogs and their owners, as they have a large outside patio where dogs have room to lay down and the wait staff will even bring your dog some water. Zada Jane’s is a popular spot for brunch on the weekends, although be prepared to wait because it’s packed. There is a coffee bar to enjoy a latte while you wait for the delicious breakfast dishes served all day. A favorite among locals is the Bunny Rancheros for $8.95. Bunny Rancheros is two of your choice happy eggs atop black beans, home fries and your choice of either chorizo, turkey sausage, local Grateful Growers pork sausage, soysage or Chipotle chicken topped with a pepper jack cheese queso sauce, guacomole, salsa verde and sour cream served with warm, flour tortillas.

Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe
1601 Central Avenue (corner of Central and Thomas)
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 332-3663, to- go orders (704) 332-3664
Hours are Mondays and Tuesdays, 8am-3pm; Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8am-10pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 8am-11pm; and Sundays 9am-10pm.

The Original Fuel Pizza on Central in Plaza Midwood has an outside dining area that is perfect for you and your dog, especially if you’re gluten-free. Fuel Pizza makes regular pies as well as all of their specialty pizzas gluten-free and they have a selection of gluten-free beers. A favorite among Plaza Midwood locals is the Margherita Pizza which you can get gluten-free for $15.45. Topped with mozzarella, vine-ripened tomatoes and fresh basil, this pie is delicious regularly or gluten-free. Fuel Pizza looks like a gas-station from the outside and where you would normally pull up to gas your car is where you can sit at one of the tables outside with your dog. Fuel Pizza has several locations, including one in Southend at 1801 South Boulevard, and also caters.

The Original Fuel Pizza on Central
1501 Central Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 376-3835
Hours are Sundays to Wednesdays, 11am-10pm and Thursdays to Saturdays, 11am-3am.


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Mac’s Speed Shop is a popular biker, bbq and beer bar with an outside deck where you can enjoy the tasty fried pickles, hand-pulled pork and banana pudding with your dog. Beware, however, this joint is normally very noisy with live music and engines revving, so it is not for the timid pup! Get a Taste of Everything, a huge combo platter for the very hungry of hand-pulled pork, beer can chicken, smoked turkey, st. louis style ribs, and beef brisket for $26 or try a smaller portion of the hand-pulled pork for only $12. Toted the best barbeque in Charlotte by the biker community, all platters come with a side of fixins’ from mac n cheese to green bean casserole and cheddar grits. Mac’s also has a wide selection of beer to choose from to quench you and your dogs thirst…that is, if they like beer!

Mac’s Speed Shop
2511 South Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 522-6227
Hours are every day of the week from 11am to Midnight.

Common Market has two locations in Charlotte, one in Plaza Midwood and one in Southend. It is a modern day convenience store that offers fresh deli sandwiches, cold beer, an extensive wine selection, urban provisions and various knicks and knacks. And of course, it welcomes dogs outside. Common Market is also open for breakfast and serves absolutely delicious breakfast sandwiches on your choice of bread from croissant to bagel, a protein from soysage to eggs and a cheese for about $2.50. On July 28, Common Market Southend will be having a free beer tasting starting at 6pm so make sure you and your pooch check it out!

Common Market Southend
1515 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 332-7782
Hours are Mondays and Tuesdays, 6:30am-10pm; Wednesdays to Fridays, 6:30am-midnite; Saturdays, 7:30am-midnite and Sundays, 9am-10pm.

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