This hidden gem, which is tucked away in the North Loop, is extremely dog-friendly. A bowl of ice water and even a few toys are supplied on the small but nice patio. The staff loves to greet the pups. Toast also is within easy walking distance of the North Loop dog park.
NORTH LOOP DOG PARK
3rd St. & 8th Av. N. • www.doggrounds.org
Though it’s fairly small and tucked between lofts and industrial buildings, this dog park is a nice spot to let them run free and chase tennis balls.
OTHER dog-friendly DOWNTOWN OPTIONS
Cafe Lurcat/Bar Lurcat: 1624 Harmon Pl., 612-486-5500, www.cafelurcat.com.
Clubhouse Jäger: 923 Washington Av. N., 332-2686, www.clubjager.com.
Electric Fetus: 2000 4th Av. S., 612-870-9300, www.electricfetus.com.
FRANCE 44 WINE & SPIRITS
4351 France Av. S. • 612-925-3252 • www.france44.com
As long as you stay out of the deli, France 44 is dog-friendly. It offers wine tastings from 4-7 p.m. Friday and 1-6 p.m. Saturday. A good practice is to get your sample and peruse the aisles with your dog so it doesn’t get bored. If you end up purchasing a bottle or two, the cashier may surprise your pup with a treat. Pro tip: On a hot day, a dog with a heavy coat might enjoy a stroll through the beer cooler.
5557 Xerxes Av. S. • 612-424-8334 • www.pizzerialola.com
I prefer late lunch here, since evening crowds scare my pup — and me — away. In the middle of the afternoon, the patio is quiet and you can share pizza and conversation under an ample umbrella, while your dog sips water from a birch bowl. The servers offer handmade dog biscuits and the occasional belly rub.
4321 Upton Av. S. • 612-926-7916 • www.sebastianjoesicecream.com