As the resident "dog guy" in our office, I have the strong desire to take my dogs with me literally everywhere I go.  Unfortunately, as much as I hate their sad eyes when I leave them, this isn't feasible.  HOWEVER, I did recently learn that there are a large number of RESTAURANTS in the Tri-State that actually welcome my fur-babies!  And more than just a handful, there's a BUNCH!

While researching this, I came across what seems to be the DEFINITIVE list of Tri-State restaurants that are happy to see your canine friends!  It was put together by Brian Buxton, a food journalist and restaurant advocate whose credentials include writing for the Evansville Courier & Press and Evansville Living, as well as co-hosting "Taste Tuesday" on 44 News and managing the Facebook group Fingers, Fork, Knife & Spoon by Brian Buxton, a Tri-State restaurant discussion page.  He's also a fellow animal lover, as well a former board member for It Takes a Village No Kill Rescue.  I have embedded the information below, but I'll summarize it here:


Brian reminds us to take certain precautions and etiquette considerations when dining on porches with our pooches.  For example, dogs should be leashed at all times and should also be reasonably trained.  You should always have bags handy to clean up after your dog if they, um, make a mess as well as water because your four-legged friend gets thirsty, too!  Also, make sure your pet is up to date on all of their shots and vaccines.  He elaborates in his post.


And now, here is your comprehensive list of restaurants that allow dogs on their porches:



Amy's on Franklin (street level back patio)

Angelo’s Italian (downtown)

Arazu on Main

Azzip pizza

Backstage Bar & Grill

Baskin Robbins ice Cream

Bokeh Lounge (front and back patio)

Bru Burger

Bud’s Rockin’ Country Bar and Grille

The Granola Jar @ Café 111

Carson’s Brewery

Catfish Willy’s


Coldstone Creamery

Comfort by Cross Eyed Cricket

Dapper Pig (now Schymik’s Kitchen)


Dunkin Donuts (locations with patio)

El Patron in North Park

Fool Moon Grille and Bar

Franklin Street Pizza Factory

Franklin Street Tavern

Franco’s Tavola Calda

Gerst Haus

Hilltop Inn

Hornets Nest

Just Rennies

KC’s Marina Pointe

Lakes Metro Deli

Lamasco Bar & Grill

Lics Ice Cream

Lobo Lounge (formerly Talk of the Town Pizza)

Los Tres Caminos

Lucid Coffee House

Madeleine’s Fusion

Maidens Brew Pub

Milanos Italian

Milk and Sugar Ice Cream shop

Mission BBQ

Mod Pizza

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Mo's House Cocktail Bar

Myriad Brewing


Pangea Kitchen

Peephole Bar & Grill

Penny Lane Coffeehouse (downtown)

Planters Cafe and Coffee Bar

Pie Pan

Rafferty's deck

Raffi’s Oasis Mediterranean Cafe

Read Street BBQ

River City Coffee & Goods

R'z Cafe (Fort Branch)

Schymik’s Kitchen (former Dapper Pig)

Smittys Italian Steakhouse


Starbucks (locations with patio)

St. Joe Tavern

Stockwell Inn

The Rooftop (entry on exterior staircase)

Tiki Time (Inland Marina)

Qdoba (Burkhardt)

Waltons International Comfort Food

Wayback Burger East

Weinzapfels Tavern

Una Tu Pizza on Governor



Archie & Clyde’s

Azzip pizza

Ben & Pennys Ice Cream and Café


Café Arazu


Edgewater Grille

Lics Ice Cream

Primetime Pub and Grill (formerly Beef O’Brady’s)

Starbucks (locations with patio)

The Refinery

Tin Fish

Wings Etc.


Brown Bag Burgers

Coyote Mexican Restaurant

Farmer & Frenchman

Henderson Brewing Company

Medina's in the Alondra Market

Mr. B’s Pizza and Wings

On Deck / Riverside Bar and Grill

Starbucks (locations with patio)



Burger Theory

CYO Brewery & Taproom

Famous Bistro

Feta pizza


Miller House

Starbucks (locations with patio)


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