Sunday, April 14, 2024

From the Magazine: Dog Days of Summer

Local restaurants cater to foodie Fidos and their obedient owners

One of the many benefits of living here is being able to sit outdoors year-round to enjoy a cool cocktail or enticing meal (or both!). While we may not be sitting outdoors at noon these days, the extended summer sunshine gives us an opportunity to dine with the sunset glow. The temperate dusk is an ideal time to take advantage of the thoughtfully created doggie menus and pup parents-only specials at these local restaurants.


Even after 30 years, this Boca staple continues to reinvent itself and surprise patrons with new culinary creations. Indulge in its recently launched sushi menu or special sushi happy hour while your furry friend enjoys a meal from the Mizner Bark Café menu or the I’ve Been Really Good 8-ounce filet mignon.

404 Plaza Real, Mizner Park, Boca Raton; 561/368-0080;


Part dog park, part bar, this space caters to our fourlegged friends with an indoor/outdoor dog park alongside a bar with a variety of beers on tap and a taco stand. A membership is required to ensure all dogs are vaccinated, but you can purchase a daily ($10), monthly ($20) or yearly membership ($220), which gives you 10 percent off your bar tabs.

521 Clematis St., West Palm Beach; 561/340-3848;


This plant-based café, open for dinner and weekend brunch, has a variety of outdoor spaces for you and your dog to enjoy. Named after the owners’ puppy mill survivor, Darby, the waterfront restaurant created its own foundation with a mission to help stray dogs and cats. Diners can choose from dishes that are vegan, like the eggplant scallops or lasagna. On Sundays, bring your dog out to dinner (from 5-7 p.m.) and receive 20 percent off your entrée.

8020 South Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/586-2622;


The casual Lighthouse Point Marina café offers a For the Dawgs menu, which is available all day, and includes a cheeseburger, beef filet and even a hot dawg. Weekly specials include a Monday night Yappy Hour with 50 percent off any dog entrée, live music on Wednesdays and weekend brunch where traditional breakfast shares the menu with seafood.

2841 Marina Circle, Lighthouse Point; 954/941-0246;


Your pup will eat like royalty at this waterfront restaurant with human-grade dishes like the Ocean Reef Turkey and the Bahia Beef. It also offers a spacious outdoor area, with plush couches shaded by palm trees and pet-friendly Astroturf, for a tail-wagging, memory-making meal.

3033 N.E. 32nd Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954/566-2855;

This story is from the May/June 2021 issue of Boca magazine. For more content like this, subscribe to the magazine.

Christie Galeano-DeMott
Christie Galeano-DeMott
Christie is a food lover, travel fanatic, bookworm, Francophile, and she believes art in all its forms is good for the soul. When she’s not writing about the incredible dishes, people and places that capture South Florida's culture and vibe, Christie is irresistibly happy in the company of her husband and a glass of red wine.

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