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Dog Days of Summer: 10 Delightful Dog-Friendly Eateries

Increasingly, we’re finding more and more Utah eateries that allow dogs on their patios during the spring and summer seasons. In SLC, that requires a special permit from the Salt Lake County Board of Health.


You can find a complete list of approved dog-friendly SLC patios here. But here is a list of our dogs’ – Beau and Ricky – favorite spots for a nosh. Keep in mind, however, that feeding dogs is not allowed at SLC’s dog-friendly patios. They’ll just have to watch and drool. 

Cucina Smoked Venison Carpaccio

Cucina Deli and Wine Bar in the Avenues has a terrific patio and a true neighborhood vibe. And, Executive Chef Joey Ferran’s cuisine is among the most creative in the state. Highlights include Smoked Venison Carpaccio; Sesame Ahi Steak with kaffir lime rice, hot & sour cabbage, green garlic aioli, and sambal-coconut cream; and his awesome Annatto Chicken with blue Hopi masa, Borlotti beans, chile de arbol butter, rapini, mushroom, and chamomile queso fresco. 

Roots Cafe in Millcreek is a favorite dog-friendly place that my wife especially likes to visit after hiking with our Pit Bull Ricky. Tempting post-hike lunch items include a Veggie Reuben, Spicy French Dip, Albacore Tuna Melt, a GMO-free veggie patty with grilled Brie called The Dirt Burger, homemade soups, fresh salads, and more, including an uber-friendly staff. The beverage program is robust, too, with espresso and coffee drinks, fresh-pressed and blended juices, teas, Jackson Hole sodas, organic lemonade and much more. 

For more than 30 years, Gourmandise has been a go-to spot for baked goods and desserts of impeccable quality.  But there’s so much more to Gourmandise, including a dog-friendly patio at the downtown SLC location on 300 East. Dinner menu items include French Country Stew, Pasta with Butternut Squash & Brown Butter Sage Sauce, Classic Chicken Piccata, Mediterranean Niçoise Salad, Avocado Toast, and many more surprises beyond pastries, cakes and pies. 

Feldman’s Deli Watermelon Gazpacho

Dogs and their humans alike gaze lovingly at the superb overstuffed sandwiches at Feldman’s Deli such as the corned beef & pastrami Sloppy Joe; the Turkey Reuben; and Corned Beef with mustard on Jewish rye; not to mention fresh-baked bagels, magnificent matzo ball soup, potato pancakes, and much more. Be sure to try the new summertime Watermelon Gazpacho at Feldman’s, served with chive crema, olive oil, cucumbers and lime. 

The Park Cafe has been feeding customers in the Liberty Park neighborhood since 1982, and those customers’ dogs are welcome on the wrap-around patio as well. Breakfast here is the bomb, with dishes like Trippy Hippy Vegan Hash, the Pancake Sandwich, a big selection of Omelets, and lunch items such as Homemade Chili, Burgers, Sandwiches, Salads, and a killer Patty Melt. 

Draper’s Hash Kitchen is a Mecca for brunch lovers with build-your-own Bloody Marys and Donuts, tasty hash dishes like Carnitas Hash and Birria Hash, Benedict Fries, Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast, Chilaquilles and just about everything else you can think of to build a bodacious brunch. 

Blind Dog Beach & Patio

As you would expect, Blind Dog Restaurant and Raw Bar in Park City is Fido-friendly, specializing in human food including fresh fish, lobster, sushi, organic steaks, oysters, a raw bar, and one of the best cocktail and wine menus in the state. Your fur baby is going to love the Blind Dog Beach and Patio! 

Zest Kitchen & Bar is the perfect spot for hungry, health-oriented diners and their dogs, with an abundance of gluten-free, organic, vegan and vegetarian menu items, most sourced from local and regional growers and purveyors. Jackfruits Tandoori Tacos, Shakshuka, Nachos with house-made cheese, and the Chocolate Beet Torte are just a handful of the enticing dishes at Zest. 

The spacious patio and dog-friendly deck at Localz Bistro in Sandy is the perfect spot to dig into an eclectic array of dishes ranging from Jambalaya, Ceviche, Blackened Ahi, and Low Country Shrimp & Grits, to Beef Stroganoff, Crawfish & Shrimp Etouffee, Miso-Glazed Salmon, and Steak Frites. 

Wasatch Brew Pub in Sugar House is a great place for people watching – both for dogs and their owners, while enjoying something from the vast array of Wasatch’s own craft brews, as well as a great cocktail, wine and cider selection. Pub favorites include Sherry-Braised Pork Shank; Wasatch Fish & Chips; Hefeweizen Flash-Fried Calamari; Bao Bun Tacos; Elote Tots; Burgers, Sandwiches, Breakfast, Pizza and more. 

Culinary quote of the week: “What a childhood I had – I was ten years old when I found out Alpo was dog food.” Rodney Dangerfield 

Feature Image photo courtesy of Karsten Winegear on Unsplash

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