BY REBEKAH OLSEN
Ten years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find a business, much less a restaurant, which would open its doors to your furry friends.
These days, I love I can take my dog, Midas, with me to sip on a cold beer or nosh on a plate of nachos at a local patio. Of course, if I had it my way he’d go everywhere with me, including the grocery store, movie theatre and Target—not that I need an excuse to buy more paw print stationary from the one-dollar section.
But I digress. For now, I’m more than happy to chill out on a local patio with my main furry man, watching passersby and enjoying the spring weather.
So, here are ten of our favorite pet-friendly patios in the Nashville area. Maybe I’ll see you out!
1. Jackson's Bar + Bistro
1800 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN. 37212
Jackson’s is an American bistro with an eclectic atmosphere. You’ll see a little bit of everyone, and they serve a little bit of everything, from shrimp and grits to portabella cheesesteaks.
“We have kind of a sense of neighborhood, a lot of people walk here,” says Kira Norman, the general manager. “I love our Buffalo feathers. It’s our version of Nashville hot chicken”.
Jackson’s serves brunch all day and has about twenty tables on the patio, which features a garage door—so even when the weather isn’t perfect, you can still sit outside with your furry friend. The servers will also bring water outside for your pet. And while you’re there, you can always pick up the latest issue of Nashville Paw.
2. Fido Cafe
1812 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN. 37212
With a name like Fido Cafe, it’s no surprise that this coffeehouse-meets-restaurant welcomes pets with open arms. In fact, it used to house Jones’ Pet Shop. To this day, the old sign remains.
“It’s a common misconception that pets are allowed inside,” says Brandon Ross, manager of Fido Café. “As much as we’d love to do that, we can only allow them on the patio. But we have about 20 to 30 seats outside and we offer water for your pets.”
Fido serves breakfast all day. You can order sandwiches, fresh salads, grilled salmon or even local pasta. Ross’s personal favorite is the Local Burger, while our publisher, Heather, adores a plate of veggie sausage and the Mediterranean veggie bagel sandwich.
“It’s a great place to come any time of day, whether you’re in the mood for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Or whether you’re in the mood for beer or wine,” adds Ross.
3. Frothy Monkey
2509 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN. 37204
125 5th Avenue South
Franklin, TN. 37064
1702 8th Avenue South
Nashville, TN. 37203
A community-based coffee shop with three super-frothy locations, Frothy Monkey uses local ingredients to prep original dishes, coffee, craft beer, wine and cocktails in a cozy and approachable atmosphere. With three locations across Nashville and Franklin, there’s always one close by.
“We love all our fur sweeties,” says Rachel Vaught, general manager of Frothy Monkey on 12th Avenue. “We try to get to know all our customers by name, and that includes the pets.”
Vaught suggests trying the Bob Breakfast, which comes with two pancakes and two sides (she loves to add the local bacon and fresh fruit). The cafe keeps bowls of fresh, iced water out on the patio for visiting pets.
“Sometimes we may "accidentally drop" a chip or a little bit of bacon,” says Vaught, “with their [pet guardian’s] permission, of course!”
4. Jackalope Brew
701 8th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
Jackalope Brewing’s motto is ‘Believe in yourself, Believe in great beer’. Visit this local brewery during Lappy Hour, and you can bring your pups and receive a discount on brew. The outdoor space features picnic tables, a giant Jenga game and food trucks.
But what we love most about Jackalope is their dedication for paying-it-forward. Whenever they release a seasonal beer, 20 percent of the sales go toward a local non-profit.
“Recently, we donated over $800 from the sales of our Snowman Stout towards Agape Animal Rescue,” says taproom manager Kristen Westerbeck.
While you’re there, check out their pet swag, which says “Bark Legendary”.
5. Eastland Cafe
97 Chapel Avenue
Nashville, TN 37206
Eastland Cafe is a local, neighborhood restaurant, perhaps best described as comfortable and casually elegant. It has also been voted the best Happy Hour in Nashville every year.
You can hang out with your pet on their front or back patio, and enjoy their upscale American menu, which features shrimp and grits, vegetarian dishes and a cool, compressed melon appetizer.
“It’s kind of second nature to have pets here,” says Amanda Love, the restaurant’s manager and mom to two pitties. “Around here, dogs are treated like our human guests,” she says.
And if you just happen to be walking past? Stop long enough to grab a dog biscuit for your pooch off the front patio!
6. Double Dogs
1807 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37212
4017 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, TN 37209
Two dogs are better than one, I always say. And now with two locations in Nashville, why not stop in to Double Dogs?
A family and pet-friendly sports bar, Double Dogs has a variety of pizzas, wings, chicken fingers, salads and nachos. “My personal favorite is the buffalo burger,” says manager Erica Chandler.
You can sit outside on the patio and watch the game with your furry friend. Double Dogs provides water bowls and bandanas to help your pooch cheer on the winning team—or, if you prefer, the under dog.
The new Sylvan Park location follows the success of the Hillsboro Village restaurant.
7. Puckett’s Boat House
94 East Main Street
Franklin, TN 37064
I’m a total shucker for oysters. (See what I did there?) Which is why Midas and I have to give Puckett’s Boat House a rating of four paws.
A family, children and pets friendly restaurant, Puckett’s has a laid back atmosphere and serves fresh seafood, pasta, burgers and veggies. “It depends on the day, but I love our BBQ Shrimp and Grits,” says manager Melanie Superack. “It has a twist there, a little bit spicy.”
Puckett’s is also a great place to enjoy live music—and for your pup pal to howl along.
8. 12 South Taproom and Grill
2318 12th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37204
12 South Taproom believes in quality food, an extensive beer list and a great atmosphere. All pooches are welcomed on their patio seven days a week. “We’re an American craft beer bar with an awesome food menu,” says Jared Freihoefer, the manager.
The restaurant serves everything from burgers to the Chicken Special Quesadilla—hello, Sriracha!—and provides water bowls so both you and your pet can cool down on warm days.
9. Yazoo Brewing
910 Division Street
Nashville, TN 37203
Linus Hall, founder and brew master, opened Yazoo Brewing Company in October of 2003. You can relax with your pooch on their patio or pop into their store to check out their selection of pet products, including collars that also function as bottle openers, water bowls made out of recycled tires and treats made from spent grain. How cool is that?
They serve spiced pecans, chips and beer cheese or, if you can’t decide, you can order their sampler tray. Bottoms up!
10. Tin Roof
1516 Demonbreun Street
Nashville, TN. 37203
If you’re in the mood for music, food and a good time with your dog, visit Tin Roof near Nashville’s Music Row.
Opened in 2002 by Jason and Elizabeth Sheer, the Tin Roof serves their famous hot wings, oversized quesadillas and a delicious Cuban sandwich. Meanwhile, vegetarians will love the Very Veggie sandwich, made with grilled zucchini, sautéed peppers, onions, mushrooms, provolone and balsamic vinaigrette along with the Holy Guacamole. A winning combo!
They also carry a stack of our magazines, so you can always grab one while you’re there.
Rebekah Olsen lives in Memphis with her husband, Matt, and their Cane Corso, Midas. She’s a professional writer and wordsmith, and you can connect with her at rebekahoslen.com.