Pets: Pet-friendly restaurants

Going to the new Piedmont Park dog park? On the Piedmont side of the park try Willy’s Mexicana Grill for good, huge $6 burritos, tacos and quesadillas, plus you get free chips and the salsa bar. On the 10th and Monroe side, for something less casual you might want to try Park Tavern, but look out for lots of drunk “hetero” frat and sorority kids. Still, when it rains you can get $1 pints of beers there.


Universal Joint
906 Oakview Road
Decatur, GA 30030

Willy’s Mexicana Grill
1071 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30309

Hotel Indigo Midtown
683 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30308

Thirsty Dog Tavern
2110 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30309

Taj Ma-Hound Bakery
707 D East Lake Drive
Decatur, GA 30030

If you want better food take Fido across the street to the Midtown Promenade shopping center (where Trader Joe’s is located). There are lots of patios to tie your pooch to like the gay friendly Metro Fresh.

Cocktails and wagging tails

For something fun and truly different this summer try Canine Cocktail Hour at the very pet-friendly Hotel Indigo in Midtown Atlanta across from the Fox Theatre. The event includes complimentary water and treats from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. every Tuesday. There is also a special K9 menu with steak and chicken, plus donations will be made from drinks to the Atlanta Humane Society. They even have a Dog Spa treatment which would make a good birthday gift.

The Thirsty Dog Tavern in South Buckhead has a dog-friendly patio with a special hot kibble menu and “milk bone happy hour.” It’s a masculine guy, upscale pub scene with lots of flat screen televisions. But listen up, lesbians: Some of the waitresses dress like Catholic schools girls if that’s your thing. Best to stick with the pub fare like big juicy burgers, salads and wraps.

Featured in Southern Living, try Taj Ma-Hound bakery in Decatur for really cute pet treats, K9cookies, and GrrrrNola. They will even make custom cakes on special occasions for your pet child. Their products are baked fresh daily and contain natural ingredients. Taj Ma-Hound will even host a party for you pooch and all their friends.

I actually found hundreds of dog-friendly restaurants in the city and ‘burbs. If the restaurant has a patio you can usually bring your well-behaved pet but call first. Some others include Park Grounds Coffee on Flat Shoals in Reynoldstown with its own fenced dog park; all Chipotle and Moe’s burrito places; the very gay-friendly Joe’s on Juniper in Midtown; and Babs on Juniper for breakfast and lunch says bring your dog.


Top photo: The doggy desserts at Taj Ma-Hound Bakery look so tempting you may be jealous that they are created especially for four-legged foodies. (Via Facebook)