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COVID-19 has taken a lot from us, but there are two things it can never take away: our patios and our dogs.
The only thing better than going out for dinner and drinks is going out for dinner and drinks with your dog. I know my dog, Harvey, is a big fan. Though my partner and I have been avoiding going to restaurants during the pandemic (which sadly, yes, includes patios), many people have taken advantage of the outdoor, socially distanced dining options. Which means so have the pups!
Here’s a list of some pet-friendly patios in the West Metro:
Bread & Pickle – Minneapolis
This Lake Harriet staple is beloved by all guests—whether they’re on two legs or four. To adhere to COVID-19 health restrictions, all customers are asked to social distance and wear masks when ordering at the window. But for those of you who would rather find your own spot for a picnic, Bread & Pickle is also offering takeout and delivery options! You can also order online for curbside pickup. Even before COVID-19, Bread & Pickle was supporting the community with its all-local menu consisting of Peterson Limousin Beef, Beeler’s Pure Pork, Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, Ferndale Market, Garden Farme, Larry Schultz Organic Farm, Sonny’s Ice Cream, Tiny Diner Farm, and cheddar cheese from Wisconsin.
The Copper Cow – Minnetonka
Okay, anywhere that has truffle fries is on my list. And Minnetonka’s Copper Cow certainly has them. Not to mention, an entire dinner menu, brunch menu, boozy shakes (is this heaven?), and more. Stop by the restaurant’s idyllic patio for a nice glass of wine, a cocktail, or a boozy shake (I recommend the Americana… loaded with cookie dough ice cream, bourbon, a donut, a chocolate chip cookie, and chocolate sauce… you’ll thank me later) with your pup, and please, for the sake of your well-being, order the truffle fries.
Campiello Ristorante & Bar – Eden Prairie
A glass of red wine, a big bowl of pasta, and my dog is how I describe my perfect date… is that weird? Who cares. At Campiello Ristorante & Bar, it will be your favorite date night, too. With a patio that feels like it’s straight out of Tuscany, you and your dog will be instantly transported to a picturesque Italian vacation, complete with loads and loads of carbs, of course. Pick from a variety of pastas, pizzas, drinks, and desserts (sign me up for the butterscotch budino!).
Tavern on France – Edina
Sometimes, all we need is some good, classic comfort food. At Tavern on France, that’s exactly what you (and your furry friend) will get. Home of the build-your-own burgers, salads, and pizzas, Tavern on France is the perfect place to go when you’re craving something specific. So specific, in fact, that it isn’t necessarily already on the menu. But if you don’t want to think too hard, I recommend the spicy ginger seared tuna, grilled shrimp and scallop skewer, or the farmers market pizza (all followed by the build-your-own s’mores, of course).
Whatever you’re in the mood for—pasta, pizza, some donuts, or anything in between–you can enjoy in the cozy Minnesota autumn weather with your furry best friend (and a mask, please!).