by Alyssa Schuster, Volunteer Services Intern
Who doesn’t enjoy a meal or a drink on a patio in the summertime? For all you dog owners thinking about grabbing a bite, you’ll be delighted to know that your dog can join you! These Dayton area eateries allow you to bring you furry friends on their patios.
Located on 5th street in Dayton, Lily’s Bistro serves delicious American cuisine. They are also huge fans of pets, and of SICSA. A staff member tells us, “We love SICSA and we partner with you all a lot. We believe in your mission. It was a no-brainer for us [to allow dogs]. Any friendly dog is welcome here!” Enjoy lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch on their patios. With a unique menu that changes seasonally, a fabulous cocktail menu, and lots of options for vegetarians and vegans, Lily’s is a must for dog owners.
If you’re looking for good food, a cold drink, and the perfect place to meet with friends and family (including the four-legged variety), Archers Tavern the place to be. This restaurant is located on Dayton Lebanon Pike in Centerville. Their menu includes items such as burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, and pizza. A staff member from Archer’s explains, “We’ve never said no [to dogs], they’ve always been allowed as long as the public hasn’t had a problem, so of course we welcome dogs to our patio.”
Graeter’s Ice Cream has been making and serving ice cream for over 145 years. They specialize in making small batches using a special French pot process. At their Beavercreek, Springboro, and Centerville locations, Graeter’s holds a “Dog’s Night Out” event on the second Tuesday of each month from May to September. While you and your family enjoy their delicious ice cream options, your dog can snack on a free cup of Frosty Paws, a specialty frozen ice cream exclusively for dogs – no added sugar and no artificial flavors or colors.
If you enjoy local craft beer, stop by Toxic Brew Company with your pooch for a pint. Also located on 5th street in the Oregon District, Toxic specializes in high gravity, unique, and limited release beer creations as well as a wide selection of options to suit any palate. They have a great covered porch with chairs and benches – a great spot to hang out with your canine.
Milano’s has been a regional staple since 1969. They offer lots of tasty options, including pizza, subs, and calzones, and their sub rolls and pizza crusts are made from scratch in their bakery every day. They have three Dayton locations and also a location in Cincinnati. Enjoy a delectable lunch or dinner with your dog on their patio.
Ritter’s has about any frozen dessert you could want. In addition to their frozen custard, they also have Italian ice, ice cream and smoothies. Not only do they have a variety options for you, they also have some choices for you dog! And be sure to visit on their “Dogs Night Out” in Kettering on the first Monday of every month, where there are special treats for your canine companion. They have one location in Kettering and one in Beavercreek.
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