After a long winter of being cooped up indoors, most of us can’t wait to get outside, so much so that we pull many of our indoor activities outside, especially dining. Dining al fresco is a beloved spring and summer activity for many people, and it is even better when you can have your favorite pooch by your side. This is easy when you’re at home, but many restaurants allow dogs on their patios as well, including us! Before you head out, think about these factors.
Will Your Dog Like It?
It is great that you want to take your dog out to eat with you, but before you head out it’s important to think about how he or she will feel. If your dog doesn’t like strangers or gets nervous in crowded or loud situations, eating on a restaurant patio could be a very stressful situation. If your dog’s personality is not suited to the environment that a restaurant would provide, don’t take them along. This also goes for their manners. If you can’t get through a meal at home without your dog stealing something from the table, going to a restaurant with them will likely be a disaster.
Remember to take along things that your dog may need or want as they wait for you to finish your meal. If the restaurant’s patio is paved, it could get very hot, especially if the sun is shining on it. Bring an old towel or a blanket to put down for your pooch to lay on. Some pet-friendly restaurants have water bowls, but it is always best to carry one with you just in case. Once you get there you can ask for water to fill the bowl.
Both you and your dog need to be respectful of the other diners and waitstaff. Keep your dog near you by tucking their leash under your chair leg. It is not okay for your dog to wander off and beg from other tables or to lay in the middle of the walkway where the waitstaff need to walk. Also, as cute as it may be to you, it is not okay for your dog to sit in the chairs or on the table. Remember that ever at a pet-friendly restaurant, not everyone on the patio will necessarily be a dog person.
COME AND SEE US AT STATE FARE!
State Fare is conveniently located at 748 Frederick Road in Catonsville, Maryland. Our extensive menu has a variety of unique options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. We even have many vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options! Our fully-stocked bar holds a huge collection of bourbons and whiskeys, as well as several different wines. On tap, we have several different local craft beers to show off the best beer that Maryland has to offer. We’re open every day from 8 am until 2 am, so make your reservation or just stop in and see us today!