Dog-Friendly Atlanta Restaurants

See one dog's take on Atlanta's best pet-friendly restaurants.
  • Einstein's has great people-watching. (courtesy Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund)
    Einstein's has great people-watching. (courtesy Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund)
  • Max's Coal Oven Pizza is perfect for the canine connoisseur.
    Max's Coal Oven Pizza is perfect for the canine connoisseur.
  • Buckhead has shopping and dining galore for us fancy four-legged types.
    Buckhead has shopping and dining galore for us fancy four-legged types.
  • 'Did you just say 'naked dog'...?'
    'Did you just say 'naked dog'...?'

You've probably already heard of me since I caused such a public upstir when I swept through Atlanta on my 2015 book tour, but in case not, I'm an Internet-famous wiener dog who goes on some pretty amazing adventures and travels, at home and abroad. I'm a small dog, but a BIG deal with an ego to match.

So anyway, as I mentioned, one of the tour stops for my debut book – now a New York Times bestseller, was Atlanta.

It was my first time to the city, and I have to say, I was very impressed with just how pretty Atlanta is. We came in the fall, so all the trees with their colors were just very nice on the eyes. And being a connoisseur of the finer things, especially of "food," I was also quite impressed with all the dog-friendly restaurants in Atlanta. Of course, that's always on the patio, but the weather in Atlanta is so nice and the trees so pretty that I say, "Why wouldn't you want to sit on the patio?"

So let me tell you about some of the awesome dog-friendly restaurants I experienced in Atlanta:

  1. Einstein's
    A local favorite as I'm told, and I see why. Mum had a sort of chicken-truffle sandwich that I sampled and which was just delicious. We had a great time on their patio under the shade of the huge tree they have sprouting up from the middle of the interlock patio. We had a great time enjoying our meals and just watching all the Atlanta life go by. And hey, it wasn't far from one of my favorite spots – Piedmont Park.

    Neighborhood: Midtown

  2. Max's Coal Oven Pizza
    Mmm… pizza. OK, so I like pretty much any pizza. I'm a dog after all. But I can also appreciate a "great" pizza, and Max's earned my mark of approval. Delicious!

    Neighborhood: Downtown

  3. The Shops Buckhead Atlanta
    On one of my Atlanta outings, I strolled through The Shops of Buckhead Atlanta, a high-end shopping district that caters to the rich and famous like me – minus the rich part. But there were plenty of lovely looking restaurants, cafes and bars in the area, and if I had the time I definitely would have tried them all. Plus, the Shake Shack has a fantastic "just for dogs" menu!

    I did manage to steal some respite with a nice glass of champagne at one spot, called the Bilboquet, a classic Parisian-style café.

    Neighborhood: Buckhead

  4. The Varsity
    So there isn't really a patio here, but it is a classic drive-in-style hot dog joint after all, and so well-behaved dogs in your car are more than welcome.

    This was one place I was really excited to visit because I'd heard so much about it (and because I'd heard many fellow celebrities go here, too), although I was taken a bit off-guard by the abrupt "Whaddaya have, whaddaya have?" from the server at the car window.

    "Uh, just a regular hot dog," I said.

    "That's called a naked dog," he replied.

    So that's what I got, and it was kind of funny to think that there I was, a naked wiener dog eating a naked hot dog.

    Neighborhood: Downtown

Here's some places I would have loved to try but unfortunately didn't get the chance to. They came highly recommended on my list though so they still deserve a mention.

  1. Park Tavern
    Park Tavern is very close to the Piedmont Park dog park. It has a large patio with beautiful views of the Midtown skyline. I passed by on my walk through Piedmont Park, and although I can't speak for the food, the location is unbeatable. We would have stopped in for a snack or drink but they were getting ready for a big event that night.

    Neighborhood: Midtown

  2. Bruster's Ice Cream
    I heard they offer free doggie sundaes. How the heck did I miss this place?

    Location: 931 Monroe Drive Atlanta GA 30308
    Neighborhood: Midtown

Both of the above are not far from the East BeltLine Trail and Fourth Ward Park, two places I did indeed visit.

  1. Two Urban Licks
    I mean, it has "licks" in the name. Plus two licks are always better than one, so you know this place is good.

    Neighborhood: Poncey-Highland (right on the BeltLine)

  2. 4th and Swift
    Delicious food. The humans seemed to enjoy it, too!

    Neighborhood: Poncey-Highland (next to Old Fourth Ward Park)

And I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I find a place that allows humans AND pups, like these places:

  1. Der Biergarten
    Lots and lots of authentic German beers will have you barking "Ja!"

    Neighborhood: Downtown

  2. Sweet Water Brewing Company
    This is a popular, local Atlanta brewery.

    Neighborhood: Buckhead

So if you ever swing through Atlanta, or even if you live there and just haven't explored all these great places yet, be sure to bring out your furry "foodie" friend to experience some of these great, local Atlanta eateries.

See and read more pictures and stories from my Atlanta visit in my recent blog post here.

Thanks for the warm welcome, Atlanta, and the great food. I hope to come back one day to hit all the places I didn't make on the first trip!

Keep tastin'!

Crusoe is an author, guest blogger and renowned Celebrity Dachshund who travels the world seeking adventure, high fashion, delicious human foods and a glamorous doggy lifestyle. 

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