Dining Out With Dogs in Metro Phoenix November 2017


Dining out with dogs is just a “Fluff” story about my dining adventure out with my dogs. This isn’t a full blown review. We usually go to casual eateries that aren’t too far from home. Many restaurants in Metro Phoenix do offer patio dining but not all patios are dog friendly. Even if a patio is certified Dog Friendly it is always a good idea to call the restaurant before your arrival to ask if it’s ok to dine with your dog because you never know if the patio is booked for a party or if the restaurant suddenly changed the dog friendly policy. I also find that it is always better to dine at off times because it’s better to avoid most people and most people’s dogs. Sometimes people have allergies or just don’t like to dine around dogs and sometimes other dogs get wild and bark at each other and you might be asked to leave. There are some rules to dining out with dogs. Dogs are not to eat off restaurant plates and not allowed to sit on restaurant furniture. Dogs should also be close to your side at all times. You also need to be aware that most food and drink you consume isn’t good for your dog. Much of the food you eat can be harmful or TOXIC to your dog. To be on the safe side try to just feed your dog plain lean meat without sauce. It’s a good idea to contact your veterinarian and get a Dog friendly food list or a list of foods to avoid.

Our first dining destination is Banh Mi Bistro Vietnamese Eatery in North Phoenix. This is a Pho-Free Vietnamese Eatery. The specialty of the house is The Banh Mi Sandwich on Vietnamese Style Baguette (wheat and rice flour roll) They also offer a nice selection of appetizers, salads, rice plates, noodle bowls and much more!

Today I got one of my favorites……The Vietnamese Style Chicken Curry with Rice.

This is different than Chinese and Thai Curry. It might be a little sweeter, it seems much lighter, thinner and refreshing. The white meat chicken is melt in your mouth tender. There is also some carrots and potatoes.

“Ummmmmm It’s very tasty and aromatic!”

“Lip smacking good!”

My husband got one of his favorites…..The Shaken Beef Banh Mi.

“The Beef is so tender and delicious…I think it’s tenderloin.”

“It’s just Forking Delicious!”

“More Please!” “We always enjoy our visits to Banh Mi Bistro Vietnamese Eatery in Phoenix.”


“Tonight we are on our way to Cucina Tagliani in Glendale AZ”

Cucina Tagliani is a casual family friendly American Italian Restaurant with an OFFICIAL Licensed dog friendly patio.

They also bring pans of water for the dogs comfert.

Tonight the dogs get to share my salad. I think the Strawberry & Goat Cheese Salad that Tagliani’s serves is among the better salads in Glendale. The cheese they use is creamy and mild and the strawberries always taste fresh picked. Almond slices are toasted. Tonight the chicken is perfect. It’s nicely caramelized and juicy. The house made dressing is tasty.

Here might be a better picture of the salad.

My husband got the Papa’s Platter. He’s a BIG EATER and even for him it makes 2 1/2 meals.

It’s a Veal Parmigiana, a Sausage Lasagna and two spinach cannelloni’s.

“Ohhhh Can I have some?”

“Not till I get some first!” Haha!


“We are on our way to Salad and Go in Phoenix”

Salad and Go is a local growing fast food chain that specializes in Drive Threw Salads. Salad and Go offers about a dozen different salads. They also serve breakfast, smoothies, wraps and children’s meals. This is a drive threw restaurant without a dining room or restrooms but they do offer a dog friendly patio.

“What are we having?”

I went with the seasonal fall harvest salad ($7.29)

I got fresh greens, sweet potatoes, crisp apples, beets, candied pecans, feta cheese and champagne vinaigrette. The dogs get some sweet potato, apple and chicken.

“That smells pretty good to me!”

“We are ready for more chicken please!”


That was Dining Out With Dogs for November 2017.

We hope to see you next month!

The Forking Truth

In Memory of Louie 5-5-2001 – 3-3-2017

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