With spring just around the corner in Chicago, you may find it’s becoming harder to leave your house without your dog by your side. Whether you’re craving a hot dog, a slice of pizza or just some cheese fries, here are a few of the best restaurants in Chicago for you and Fido.
Harry Caray’s Tavern
In between walking around the Navy Pier and riding the ferris wheel, stop by Harry Caray’s Tavern. It’s a hot spot for dog owners, as the tavern includes a licensed dog-friendly patio. While indulging in a juicy Holy Cow burger (make sure to add cheese and put it on a pretzel bun), your dog will get treated to a souvenir water bowl – and maybe a few butt scratches from neighboring burger enthusiasts.
Where: 700 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Sarah’s Pastries and Candies
Serving up more than just cupcakes, Sarah’s Pastries on Oak Street is a favorite among Chicago dessert enthusiasts. They offer up specialty cakes with fillings such as caramel crème brulee, peanut butter mousse and dulce de leche, and you can add crushed Oreos, raspberry jam or even strawberries. If you’re looking for something smaller, Sarah’s has French red velvet macarons, fudge brownies and toffee sugar cookies, as well as the popular black and white cupcake. For your canine companion, get a homemade dog treat that will satisfy your dog’s palate.
Where: 70 E. Oak St., Chicago, IL 60611
The Grill on the Alley
Since opening its doors in 2000, the Grill has been a staple on the Magnificent Mile with its sizzling steaks cooked to perfection and other first-rate fare. Stop in and dine outside with your pup, and he’ll get treated to dog biscuits and water while you cut into your prime rib. Even more popular is the breakfast menu at the Grill, which features traditional breakfast items, including bagels, French toast and pancakes, as well as omelets, cereals and eggs Benedict, served with a homemade hollandaise sauce. As the Grill is famous for its steaks, try the filet and eggs.
Where: 909 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant
Cheap beer and dog-friendly are two of the ways to describe this Wicker Park neighborhood hangout. It’s a quiet place where you can spend quality time with friends and meet new neighbors, or you can just grab a beer after a hectic day at work. If you’re there for food, start with the chili and then try the Italian beef for your meal. The Italian beef is peppery and cooked perfectly. Make it out to this tavern a few times, and you’ll be recognized like Norm in Cheers. Additionally, your dog will get treated to water, treats and lots of belly scratches.
Where: 1858 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago, IL 60622
T Spot Sushi and Tea Bar
On a nice day, treat yourself to Chicago Fire roll while your four-legged friend basks in the sun. The Chicago Fire roll consists of spicy shrimp, super white tuna, red tobiko and unagi sauce. Pair it with the jasmine tea, and you – and your taste buds – won’t be disappointed. If you’re looking for something other than sushi rolls, try the pieces. A few of the favorites include sashimi and nigiri. If sushi isn’t your thing, T Spot also serves up various entrees, including tuna that is grilled and served in a ginger lime reduction sauce, as well as a white fish that is seared and topped with chutney sauce. Another great detail about T Spot is that it’s BYOB, so you can bring in your own wine to have with your rolls.
Where: 3925 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60613
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