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Demand for Dining Spots and Watering Holes that Welcome Pets Demonstrated by Growth in Popular Website’s Listings, Reviews

Ten Hot Picks Showcase Range of Pet-Friendly Options

Hollywood, CA, May 7, 2013 -- Warm weather is bringing Americans with pets out-of-doors and onto the roads – fueling demand for pet friendly destinations where pet owners can enjoy a meal or beverage in their company of their furry friends. The surging interest in venues that welcome companion animals is graphically demonstrated in the rapid growth in listings and reviews submitted to pioneering website

“When we first included pet-friendly restaurant listings and reviews in 2005 as part of, visitors and friends let us know about 166 dining spots located in ten mostly western states. Three years ago, soaring pet owner interest in dining “avec animaux” – whether on vacation, heading across town or just around the corner -- showed the need for a stand-alone listings service like Fast forward to 2013, and today we’re hosting 3,700-plus listings with reviews and recommendations that cover pet friendly dining options in all 50 US States and 5 Canadian provinces. It’s a still growing collection of restaurants, bars, cafes, wineries, coffee shops and ‘yappy hours’, submitted by a passionate base of pet lovers and those committed to serving the growing market,” said pet travel expert and web site founder Tracey Thompson.

A further measure of the growth in demand for Pet Friendly dining – and its economic importance to local businesses and communities – is the increase in local “doggie dining” ordinances across the country that enable dining establishments to accommodate patrons who want to bring their companion animals. In the past year, new ordinances specifying rules/conditions under which dining establishments can operate in a pet friendly manner have been adopted in locations as diverse as Los Angeles County CA, Pinellas County FL, Houston TX, Salt Lake County UT, and Arlington VA.

The following sampler – listing 10 Hot Picks for pet friendly dining and drinking – is a subjective snapshot drawn from the most-reviewed and most-recommended of the thousands of possible options available to pet lovers who want to enjoy a meal or a drink without foregoing the companionship of the family pet:

#10 – The Bars of Brooklyn. A collective honor, for a locale that’s got its own unique pet friendly vibe. Pick from among 23 pet welcoming watering holes in the Borough – beginning with Angry Wade’s in Cobble Hill and on to Toby’s Public House in South Slope– though you can’t go wrong by stopping at Smith Street’s Bar Great Harry

#9 – Red’s Ice House, Mount Pleasant (Charleston) SC -- praised by reviewers for its “relaxing atmosphere” as well as “delicious food”

#8 – Quigley’s Irish Pub, Naperville (Chicago), IL – hailed for “Really good food and before I even ordered my food, the waiter brought my dog water and a dog bone.”

#7— Boat Basin Café, on Riverside Drive overlooking New York City’s Hudson River waterfront – which one reviewer proclaims “the best spot in New York City for dogs.”

#6 – In the Pacific Northwest – enjoy the Lucky Labrador Pubs – four dog friendly locations in Portland OR, including Lucky Labrador Beer Hall, Lucky Labrador Brew Pub, Lucky Labrador Public House, and Lucky Labrador Tap Room.

#5 – Head south to Houston where dog friendly dining has been permitted since 2011, and visit one of five dog friendly Barnaby’s Café locations, including Baby Barnaby’s Café – all named for the owner’s (now deceased) Old English Sheepdog Barnaby.

#4 – Florida’s penchant for al fresco dining is reflected in the popularity of pet friendly patios, porches and other accommodations across the state. Key Largo Conch House draws praise for its “Great food, great service, adorable atmosphere.” Plus its attention to visiting pets – like the bowls of ice water served to doggie diners.

#3 – Back north on the Florida mainland, Coconuts in Fort Lauderdale offers waterside dining and views and earns compliments like “Not only is the food great, but the service is terrific and all of the staff goes above and beyond to ensure you and your dog are enjoying your time there.”

#2 – Across the river from the Nation’s capital –Ireland’s Own Pub in Alexandria gets raves for its “Stew for dogs and people! Food is great and dogs are always welcomed.”

#1 – Finally, California’s own Cyprus Inn in Carmel ranks as founder Tracey Thompson’s personal favorite. Located in one of the most dog-friendly towns in the US, The Cypress Inn has long maintained that four legged furry guests are as welcome and accommodated as their owners. Guest are invited to “enjoy excellent food with your pup on the courtyard patio or in the lobby area.” And a Culinary Canine Menu including Muttloaf and Chowhound Chicken is served during daily Yappy Hour.

Launched in 2010 by Emmy Award-winning children’s television producer Tracey Thompson, provides detailed listings and reviews of more than 3,000 dining places in the United States and Canada that welcome patrons accompanied by companion animals. The restaurant resource began as an adjunct to, the pet travel site that since 2000 has provided easy access to pet friendly lodging, including vacation rentals and hotels, in the US, Canada, and Mexico. The site also provides information on dog friendly beaches and dog parks, pet friendly campgrounds, activities and attractions, airports, and more. The site’s business partners comprise more than 6,000 separate listings, including private vacation rental owners and property management companies.

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