If you foolishly skipped the ice cream at Lola, or you’re in need of a coffee, Seb Joe’s is another great southwest spot. The ice cream is divine, but the patio is even better. A vending machine offers several flavors of dog treats for only 25 cents.
End the evening with music (and on Fridays, movies!) at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. Cuddle on a blanket, listen to the music and watch the setting sun.
OTHER SOUTWEST SPOTS
Chatterbox Pub: 4501 France Av. S., 612-920-3221, www.chatterboxpub.net.
Trattoria Tosca: 3415 W. 44th St., 612-924-1900, www.trattoriatosca.com.
Turtle Bread Company: 3421 W. 44th St., 612-924-6013, www.turtlebread.com.
ST. PAUL/EAST METRO
NGON VIETNAMESE BISTRO
799 W. University Av., St. Paul • 651-222-3301 • www.ngonbistro.com
Ngon has a gorgeous, quiet patio that offers shade and welcomes dogs with bowls of water. It’s a perfect spot for a romantic evening while your dog naps at your feet.
IZZY’S ICE CREAM
2034 Marshall Av., St. Paul • 651-603-1458 • www.izzysicecream.com
Check out the current flavors on Izzy’s website, which is updated every three minutes, then send your date in to pick up your cone while you secure patio seating with your dog. Don’t forget to get a vanilla Izzy scoop for the hound.
VALI-HI DRIVE IN
11260 Hudson Blvd. N., Lake Elmo • 651-436-7464 • www.valihi.com
There’s ample time for walks between movies, and the bonus of being in your car is that you can provide treats for your date and your dog as well. Just be aware that if you’re seeing a movie with dogs in it, on-screen barking can lead to real-life barking.