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These Major Restaurants Have Secret Menus For Dogs

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The restaurant world is a lot more pet-friendly than you’d think. We’ve seen a dedicated dog cafe pop up recently, making it so that you can dine in with a plethora of puppies around you, but you can also dine with your four-legged best friend at standard restaurants.

While some services are at the discretion of the restaurant’s owner, plenty of well-known restaurants cater to your doggy with special menu items.

Of course, unless you have a service dog, you can’t really eat indoors without the health department throwing a fit, but outdoor patios are a dog-lover’s best friend.

Also, keep in mind that just as we hoomans can be allergic to certain things, your dog can be too. So check with a vet and always make sure you know that your dog can handle the food so you don’t get unexpected gifts on your car rug.

From Starbucks to Shake Shack, a lot of our favorite chain restaurants put in a little extra effort to make sure your companion can share a little something with you while dining.

Check out the dog-friendly secret menu items that they offer:
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Puppuccino from Starbucks

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The Puppuccino is a small cup filled with whipped cream for your canine companion. If you’re taking Scooby for a walk and want to pop in to Starbucks for a Caramel Frappuccino, you don’t have to painfully look into your dog’s sad little eyes as he watches you drink away. Take a seat outside and enjoy Starbucks with Fido.

However, it could be a bit sketchy to order it consistently for your dog, considering Starbucks’ whipped cream has so much sugar and fat, but it’s a nice treat for them once in a great while.
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Dairy Queen Pup Cup

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Everyone loves ice cream (except maybe our own Peter Pham). Chances are your dog will go nuts for this. With a little bit of vanilla soft serve, topped with a doggie treat, your dog will wag her tail nonstop.

*Note* We’ve heard milk could possibly be harmful for dogs, so definitely consult with your vet before trying this one.
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In-N-Out’s Pup Patty

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In-N-Out is a must whenever in California, even for your four-legged friend. If you’re loving a Double Double in your car and your dog is giving you those sad puppy eyes, you can order him a Pup Patty. It’s just a plain, unseasoned burger patty with no salt, just like Uncle Jim used to grill for Memorial Day.

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Doggie Cupcakes from Sprinkles

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Sprinkles is another destination that must be visited when in California. Their famous cupcakes are also extended to doggies as one of their specialized cupcakes is made sugar-free and with yogurt frosting.
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Sonic Drive-In Doggie Treats

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It makes sense that Sonic Drive-In would be pet-friendly since you never even step foot inside. They’re set up so that you order and eat in your car, or pop out and eat at their outside dining area. If you have your pet with you, they’ll often bring you a doggie treat so you won’t eat alone.

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The Pooch-ini from Shake Shack

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An East Coast favorite that’s filled with delicious burgers and milk shakes, of course, Shake Shack has the Pooch-ini for your doggie to enjoy. The Pooch-ini is a custom-made dessert consisting of dog biscuits, peanut butter sauce and vanilla custard. Your dog’s going to wag her tail for days after enjoying this one.

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Johnny Rockets Dog Burger

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At Johnny Rockets, if you sit in the outdoor patio areas, you can ask for a cut-up burger patty and water. The Johnny Rockets in Southern California’s Victoria Gardens restaurant even teamed up with a local dog bakery to put together a 20-item menu for doggies that includes a Lickety Split Ice Cream and Pupcakes.

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Lazy Dog Rice Plate

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No surprise here. Lazy Dog Cafe is known for its dog-loving inspiration. Here, patrons are encouraged to sit in the outside patio and share meals with their doggies and mingle with other doggies. As you can see above, a cut up piece of beef and a generous serving of rice are provided for Lassie.

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Tim Hortons’ Sugar-Free Timbits

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If you’re a follower of Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother, you’d be under the impression that Canada sucks, but what you should know is they’re actually super friendly. Of course the Canadian superpower, Tim Hortons, offers its famous Timbits to doggies in a plain, dog-friendly form.

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Some Chick-Fil-As Give Dog Treats

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There are always restaurants that cater to their demographic. So if they know the area consists of lots of dog lovers they might keep dog treats in-store to hand out. For example, Several Chick-Fil-As, such as the one in Upland, CA, and Fountain Way, MN, are known for providing treats for your pup via the drive-thru.

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Of course, we don’t want to leave out the mom and pops who love dogs just as much as you do. So if you’re on the road with your dog and need to find a spot to plop down and have a meal, some sites pinpoint which restaurants, big or small, are pet-friendly.

It’s not exactly the mega stack of spaghetti they shared in Lady and the Tramp, but these places are pretty considerate to the pet community.

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So don’t let your pup miss out on a treat, and if it’s a hot day, make sure you couple these treats with some water.

Information from Barkpost and The I Love Dogs Site used in this post.
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Girl Scouts of America Teams Up with Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar to Bring You Thin Mint Shakes

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Most of us know that Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies can only be properly enjoyed if frozen, the cool chocolate complimenting the minty flavors. Thus, the Thin Mint Shake, a Girl Scouts of America x Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar collab, was inevitable.

Starting March 1st and continuing for the rest of the month, all Lazy Dog locations will offer the Thin Mint Shake for $4.95 each, with $1 going towards local Girl Scout Councils. The shakes feature a mix of vanilla ice cream and Thin Mints, topped with whipped cream and a garnish of fresh mint.

Just the thing to go with those Thin Mint Cupcakes.

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A Look at How Lazy Dog Cafe Made Pizzas, Enchiladas and More for Under 650 Calories

Southern California-based casual dining chain Lazy Dog Cafe has just revealed an answer to a question they get asked rather frequently (we assume), “where are your healthier menu options?”

To be honest, that’s not really a question I find myself asking when I visit Lazy Dog Cafe. When it’s time to eat out, I go to my spots, I eat, and I enjoy. I often find that chains who force themselves to release a ‘lighter fare’ menu often find themselves fighting an uphill stigma that anything on that particular menu is not only uncool to order, but will undoubtedly be less flavorful and enjoyable than the rest of the items on the menu.

While the branding on Lazy Dog’s new ‘nutritious menu’ will face some of the same scrutiny that other chains face, we decided to give them a visit and grab a seat with the brand’s executive chef — a warm, talented and passionate man by the name of Gabriel Caliendo:

Upon arrival at the their Orange, CA location, Gabe (seen above) met us at the table, eager to prove to us that the dishes created for his new summer menu were more than just stripped down versions of more tastier options — each plate had a story.

The idea behind the menu is that each plate of the 11-piece menu not only clocks in under 650 calories, but had to taste good — with an underlying hope that he could surprise his guests with items they wouldn’t traditionally expect from a low calorie menu, like a enchiladas and a turkey burger.

After chopping it up about the food industry, our favorite chefs, our least favorite chefs and how Gabe’s cute kid is deathly allergic to taking out the trash, we decided the only way to get a proper idea of Lazy Dog’s new “healthy” menu items was try it out. Every. Last. Dish.

Sure enough, out they came. The first banger:

Seen above is the Beefsteak Tomato & Mozzarella Salad, quite easily my favorite dish from the appetizer selection. It’s simple, sexy, and the flavors were surprisingly rich.

The plate consists of a few thick slices of vine-ripened beefsteak tomatoes, topped with fresh mozzarella, sundried tomatoes (tomatoception), roasted red peppers, basil and a touch of sea salt, drizzled with a walnut-pesto and balsamic vinaigrette that you’ll probably want want to lick off the plate once you’ve devoured the tomatoes.

Funny that this beefsteak tomato dish — one of the most simple combos on the menu — is the most caloric, topping the chart with 650 calories. It’s a sexy dish to order, healthy menu or not.

The next few dishes that came out included the rest of their salad arrangement, including a Chop’t Spinach, Feta & Chicken Salad followed by a Spicy Thai Chicken Salad. Here’s a look:

The round table consensus of our group of carnivores was that the Spicy Thai Chicken Salad would get ordered before the Chop’t Spinach & Feta. Next few items that came out were the Jerk Chicken and Pork & Chili Verde Crisp. Safe to say, the Pork & Chili Verde Crisp was the best thing on the menu, hands down:

Both crisps are brick oven-baked into lavosh, with the Jerk Chicken featuring a marinated poultry, tiki sauce, mozzarella cheese, roasted red peppers, cilantro, chili flakes & green onions (a measly 490 calories). The Pork & Chili Verde Crisp, the winner of the bunch and the menu in general, features the same brick oven baked lavosh crisp topped with tender shredded pork, mozzarella, tomatoes, cilantro, roasted tomatillo sauce, Tapatio crema, pickled red onions, carrots and orange (540 calories). If you had to try one thing off the menu, go with the Pork & Chili Verde Crisp.

Next up came the sandwiches, first on deck was the Veggie Lavosh Sandwich, a combination of gouda cheese, sundried tomato hummus, fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, spinach, red onions, avocado & sliced radish, drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette folded into two soft lavosh squares.

As another handheld option on the menu, the team has whittled down their burger option into something they’re calling the Naked Turkey Burger. It hosts a hand-formed lean turkey patty, toasted whole wheat bun, a Lazy Dog Amber Ale whole grain mustard, lettuce, tomato, red onion & pickle.

The last two items brought out were the hefty dishes…not just in the sheer amount of food, but in the stories tied their creation. Seen above, the Roasted Tomatillo Chicken Enchilada, doesn’t really have a particular story of origin, but it’s one of the dishes that Chef Gabriel definitely wanted to see on the menu. The mere fact that he found a way to get an entire Enchilada dish — arguably the most hefty and filling piece of the entire healthy menu — to clock in at 620 calories is a storied achievement of its own.

The use of hand-pulled chicken breast, house-made tomatillo sauce, sautéed onions and black beans all help keep the calorie count low. Three tiny street taco corn tortillas also cover the chicken, giving you enchilada texture without traditional enchilada calorie abomination. If you’re a fan of cheesy enchiladas, this dish isn’t necessarily for you. There’s just enough cheese sprinkled for a bit of flavor and a couple bites of gooey-ness, but it’s nowhere near the coating of cheese and sauce you’re used to at your run-of-the-mill Mexican food establishments. You’ll get full, but you won’t feel like crap after.

Rounding out the menu is a Barramundi Fish plate, inspired by Gabe’s recent trip to Central America. The pan roasted Barramundi fish is prepared Yucatan style, and sits on a banana leaf and a bed of black beans, topped with sautéed zucchini, roasted red peppers & onions and drizzled with a cilantro pesto sauce and pickled carrot, onion and orange salad:

There you have it…11 items under 650 calories…but fair warning, eating them all in one sitting can add up (durr). If you get a chance to try out some items from the new menu at one of the chain’s Southern California locations, you won’t be disappointed.

Personal recommendations include the Pork and Chili Verde Crisp and the Beef Steak Tomato and Mozzarella Salad for the table, followed up by the Barramundi Fish and the Roasted Tomatillo Chicken Enchilada (get em both and share them with the table to get a bit of everything).

<insert food coma here>