National Dog Day is August 26th, and given the times, there’s never been a better era for patio dining with your dog! Check out these local eateries that feature the perfect space for a meal enjoyed with your fur baby.
City Tacos is best-known for slinging unique twists on fresh Mex classics, all prepared with crisp ingredients and piquant flavors. Bring your furry friend along on your next taco run to one of City Tacos’ six locations, and delight in one of their tasty creations. Adventurous foodies seeking something different can try their hand at the Pollo Citytaco, packed with grilled chicken breast, arugula, diced tomato, golden raisins and toasted almonds bathed in a tamarindo aioli. Lovers of the classics can indulge in Pollo Asado, Carnitas or Carne Asada options. Be sure to check out their many other delectable tacos and see for yourself why this is a local favorite for you and your doggo!
Nothing quite beats fresh seafood in San Diego, and The Fish Shop is the place to go for the freshest! Grab a bite at one of their locations in Pacific Beach, Encinitas and Point Loma, and customize your fish creation. Whether you go with Ahi, Jumbo Shrimp or Red Snapper, you’ll find a variety of options to suit your fancy. Next, choose your marinade and how you’d like your seafood served – packed into a taco, served atop a salad, piled onto a sandwich or plated with your choice of two sides. Outdoor dining at The Fish Shop exudes coastal vibes perfect for a day with your doggo.
Farmer’s Bottega’s beautiful outdoor patio is adorned in lush greenery and rustic fixtures suited to their farm-fresh mentality. Dine with your doggie and treat your taste buds to specialties such as Stuffed Petroli Sole with salmon and scallops mousse, citrus mustard sauce and seasonal veggies, or head there for brunch with your furbaby and try their Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes.
Beach-loving doggos can go on their next sandy jaunt in Pacific Beach before hitting up Mavericks Beach Club. Order a plate of California Fries topped with carne asada, queso sauce, guacamole, pico de gallo, lime crema and cotija cheese, or take a trip down memory lane with one of their old-school ice cream truck-style popsicles – one Drumstick, please!
Beer on the brain? The Original 40 Brewing Company is North Park’s go-to for dog-owners seeking a cold one and a delicious bite. Sip one of their house brews while your dog watches passersby, and dig into Poutine Style French Fries loaded with short rib, house beer cheese and adobo sauce, Vermont cheddar cheese and a sprinkling of chives over golden house French fries.
More tacos, please! The Taco Stand is a beloved San Diego staple for good reason! Grab your furry friend and head to their Encinitas location for that crisp ocean air and their crave-worthy Al Pastor Taco. Packed with rotisserie-marinated pork, cilantro, onions, cilantro sauce and pineapple, this taco is a favorite among taco fiends. Vegetarian diners can gorge on their new Mushroom Taco featuring sautéed mushrooms with grilled onion, avocado and salsa!
There’s never been a better time to hang with your furbaby, so take advantage of these patios while saying thanks to your best quarantine buddy with some outside time for both of you!