Most dog owners view their pets as members of the family. So it makes sense that you'd bring Spot or Molly or Max with you when you head out for a bite to eat or to grab a beer. Fortunately, the Dallas Design District has a few eateries and taprooms that welcome furry friends on their patios. Here's a quick list for your reference.
This coffee and wine cafe offers free Wi-Fi for you and plenty of water for your pup. Look at most any table on the patio and you're likely to see a laptop on top and a dog resting underneath. Indulge in some Ricotta and Berry Hotcakes for breakfast, a Lamb Meatball Sandwich for lunch or a Coffee-Rubbed Wagyu Steak for dinner, but don't blame us if your usually well-trained guest tries to get a bite, too.
The taproom is open from 5 to 9PM Wednesday and Thursday, and until 10PM Friday and Saturday. On tap right now you'll find the Mosaic IPA with notes of pineapple, blueberry and mango; the Witbier Belgian white ale; a Legion Russian imperial stout; and the Divinity Trinity Tripel, aged in port and whiskey barrels; among others. Feel free to bring the family and your dog(s) as long as you're cool with hanging out on the patio. Come early on Saturdays if you'd like to catch the tour (pet free) from 2 to 5PM.
This one's a local favorite for Mexican-style street tacos. There's no indoor seating, so you won't have to worry about asking permission to bring your dog. You can find a cozy spot at a lime-green picnic table under the red awning. Order at the window and enjoy a wide selection of breakfast tacos (eggs, bacon, chorizo, potato, etc.), lunch tacos (pork, chicken, steak, etc.), Mexican Cokes and aguas frescas, including horchata. Don't be late, though. Food is served from 7AM to 3PM only.
This brewery is open 5 to 9PM Thursday and Friday and opens at 1PM Saturday, when free tours are held at 2 and 3PM. Among its limited-release beers, you can find Payne Pils, an unfiltered Czech-style pilsner; Better Horizontal, an extra pale ale; Naked Truth, a wheat IPA; and Somethin' Shady, a porter. Dogs are welcome to socialize in the outside area, though a leash is required.
This burger joint/ice house is open 11AM to 11PM five days a week. On Friday and Saturday, you and your dog get an extra hour to play, as closing time isn’t until midnight. You won’t find any ol’ average burger on the menu either. Take the Chaca Oaxaca, for example. It’s got beef and chorizo, avocado, pico de gallo, fried egg, queso fresco and Tabasco mayo. Now that's a Tex-Mex burger. Take advantage of the outdoor environment to hang out with your dog. Enjoy hanging lights and several outdoor fireplaces to keep the mood and temperature right no matter the time of year. Pro tip: Order some homemade goat chips to slip under the table to your four-legged companion.
Whether you choose to stay all business at Ascension or grab a quick bite during your run along the Trinity Strand Trail, it's totally cool to let your dog tag along at any of these Dallas Design District favorites. Just prepare to have plenty of patrons ask to pet your pooch!