Whether worn as a fashion accessory or poised as a personality descriptor, taking your precious fur baby to dine al fresco with you is always in style. Fortunately, many restaurants in West Palm Beach, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and Delray Beach graciously welcome four-legged friends to accompany their owners. In fact, some local restaurants even host daily “yappy hour” so pups and owners alike can mingle with friends. Here are some favorite pet-friendly places according to a few doggie parents at Golden Bear Realty:
The Darbster, West Palm Beach
Named after Darby, the family dog, The Darbster takes doggie dining to a whole new level. In fact, all the proceeds from this fine establishment go directly to the Darbster Foundation, a volunteer-based organization that works tirelessly to reduce the number of euthanized dogs and cats in Palm Beach County. Through restaurant profits, the Darbster Foundation has sponsored more than 2,000 spay or neuter surgeries and has found permanent homes for numerous tail-wagging friends. Located on a wide water canal off Dixie Highway, this inviting open-air bistro serves a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes, complemented with beer and wine choices. Frequently, the venue hosts “yappy hour” and offers discounts for bringing pups to dine with you.
Hurricane Alley Raw Bar & Restaurant, Boynton Beach
A neighborhood bar and restaurant, Hurricane Alley is well known for its fresh seafood, friendly staff, and cordial canines, who sit alongside their owners on the outdoor patio. The recipient of numerous accolades, Hurricane Alley is often voted both the best seafood restaurant and the best bar in Boynton Beach. Susan “SueFro” Froehlich, a Golden Bear Realty professional who specializes in the southern region of Palm Beach County, frequents this establishment because of its expansive menu and friendly ambiance. “This is a casual place with creative, hurricane-themed menu items,” she says. “For breakfast, I dine at East Ocean Cafe, another pet-friendly establishment that is located a block away from Hurricane Alley,” she adds.
Beer Trade Co. Cafe and Lounge, Delray Beach
Patrons may be hard pressed to find a restaurant that isn’t pet-friendly in Delray Beach. The casual, outdoor ambiance at many of the downtown restaurants along Atlantic Avenue fits the town’s laid-back personality. This is especially true of the Beer Trade Co. Cafe and Lounge, a relaxed restaurant located on an unpretentious side street in Downtown Delray. The venue features a wide variety of craft beers, and customers casually serve themselves. After you walk in and get your own beer, you can order food or chill on the patio with your pet. Golden Bear Realty professional Barry Frette says many of his local friends also take their four-legged family members to Park Tavern, Deck 84, Cafe Bleu, Granger’s Grille, and the patio at Tim Finnegan’s Irish Pub.
Pizza Alfresco, Palm Beach
For a swankier style, take your precious pooch to Pizza Alfresco in Palm Beach. This quaint restaurant has courtyard seating and frequently features pet-focused fundraising events. The menu includes a long list of both traditional and unique pizza pies, pasta dishes, and chicken or steak entrees. Sometimes the chef will even serve small plates for the pups. Golden Bear Agent Gina Wilson's dog Sophie loves the sirloin burgers! Make sure friendly Fido is photo worthy; after all, he or she may rub paws with celebrity pets or their owners when Palm Beach is in season. Have a camera and a Milkbone ready!
Burger Bar, Palm Beach Gardens
Located at Donald Ross Village, the Burger Bar is an open-air venue that carefully crafts burgers into glorious works of art. Rest assured, you will not be able to look at a backyard burger the same after consuming a tasty creation from Burger Bar. Golden Bear Realty professionals Joanne and John Cerreta enjoy taking their polite pooch, Zoey, to this restaurant because the staff dotes all over her. “We come for the live music, burgers, and cold beer. Zoey comes for the cool water and extra attention,” they joke. Grande’s Bella Cucina, an Italian restaurant also located at Donald Ross Village, is another popular place for pet owners. Robyn Mutchler of Golden Bear Realty takes her English bulldog, Miss Zoookie, to Grande’s Bella Cucina because the sensational smell of fresh garlic bread seems to relax her. “Miss Zoookie enjoys the outing just as much as my grandchildren,” says Robyn. Other notable places for pets in Palm Beach Gardens include Rocco Tacos, The Cooper, and Vic & Angelo’s.