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Top five: Dining with your dog Tahoe-style

I mostly cook, but every once in a while, I want to meet friends out for a bite to eat after a hike with my dog (Jersey). However, as a general rule, dogs aren’t allowed in restaurants. Something about health code, I imagine, but since Jersey is the only reason my kitchen floor is crumb-free, I think we’re missing an opportunity here. The nice side-step here is “patio dining.” As long as the weather’s nice (and it’s nice all summer long), there are quite a few dining options around Tahoe South, where a well-behaved human and her dog are welcome. Here are my top five picks:

MacDuff’s Public House
MacDuff’s has plenty of patio seating and a grassy lawn, a little bit of a lake view, and is centrally located in town. A local’s favorite, there are more than a few gems on the menu, but do not skip the artichoke spinach dip. Seriously -- I cannot stress that enough. Artichoke dip!

The patio at MacDuff's Public House is fantastic, all summer long!

The patio at MacDuff's Public House is fantastic, all summer long!

Sno Flake Drive In
They have tasty burgers and shakes, but in our view, this is the spot for grabbing a soft serve ice cream cone before heading down to the Regan Beach dog park. If they see Jersey waiting patiently at a picnic table, they usually offer her a treat, too!

The famous Sno Flake Drive In

The famous Sno Flake Drive In

Blue Angel Café
Yum! I love all of their food, but the Wednesday night pasta special is a great deal. They have a few tables set-up for dining along Ski Run Blvd., and are in a great location for people-watching. I love the excellent service, local vibe, and weeknight specials.

Outdoor dining at the Blue Angel Cafe

Outdoor dining at the Blue Angel Cafe

Murphy’s Irish Pub
Located on Emerald Bay Road, Murphy’s is our go-to stop on the way home from dog-friendly Kiva Beach. With a fantastic patio area and fenced grassy area, Jersey always has a great time playing with the other dogs and searching for fries. Add a burger and a beer for me, and we have the makings of a great evening. Update: Murphy's has closed, and is now Sonney's BBQ.

Sprouts Natural Foods Café
In a great location near Lakeview Commons and Regan Beach, Sprouts Café has a nice patio seating area and an awesome menu. The food is always great, fresh and healthful, and the smoothies are out of this world.

Sprouts Natural Foods Cafe

Sprouts Natural Foods Cafe

Enjoy!

Please note: Well-behaved humans only! If you are grouchy, beg at other people’s tables, don’t clean up after yourself, or like to bite – maybe it’s a good night for take-out.

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Georgette Hartley

Georgette loves adventuring outdoors and can usually be found exploring the trails, lakes, and peaks of the Sierra Nevada with her family.

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