Dining Out with DOGS in Metro Phoenix AZ January 2018


“We are going to “see food” at Oscar’s Pier 83 in Glendale AZ”

Dining out with Dogs in Metro Phoenix is just a “Fluff” story about taking my dogs out to eat. These are not full reviews on restaurants………It’s just a meal out with the dogs. We usually go to the same several local very casual eateries that aren’t too far from home. Once in a while we do go to some new places. You need to know that many but not all of the restaurants in Metro Phoenix do have patios but not all patios are dog friendly. It’s always best to call a restaurant first and ask if it’s ok to visit the patio with your furry friend. You never know if the patio might already be booked for a party or if the restaurant suddenly turns to no longer accepting dog guest. It’s also a good idea to dine on the patio at off times to avoid as many people and other dogs as possible. Some people do complain if they see a dog on the patio. Also sometimes multiple dogs on a patio turn into a loud barking event and you might be asked to leave. There are also a few rules for Dining out with Dogs. One is that dogs must be close to your side at all times. Dogs are not allowed on the restaurant furniture and dogs are not permitted to eat off restaurant plates. You also need to be aware that most food and drink you consume can be HARMFUL or LETHAL to your dog. You should consult your veterinarian on safe and non-safe food list for dogs. Usually your best bet is always lean sauce free meat.

We recently went to Oscar’s Pier 83 in Glendale AZ. This is a casual order at the counter seafood restaurant that specializes in battered seafood. They also offer some shellfish, Seafood Tacos and platters and a few other things. Today I went with the Salmon Salad.

I received a very generous portion of salmon. The fish was very moist for being prepared well done.

My husband had the Two piece Cod Platter and the Shrimp Taco.

Both Dogs enjoyed some seafood today!


“We’re off to Bottega Pizzeria Ristorante in Glendale AZ”

Bottega Pizzeria Ristorante offers Neapolitan Authentic Style Pizzas, hand made pastas, brunch and much more! They offer a stylish modern dining room and an outdoor patio that has an indoor/outdoor bar. Today our visit was for lunch and I tried the Nisida Panini (grilled chicken)

The fresh made seasoned bread is very tasty. The sandwich comes with a nice but simple mixed green salad with parmesan shavings. I don’t like posting prices because they often change but this sandwich platter was only $11.95 and I make two meals out of it. So I feel it also is a very good value. I’ve had many sandwiches in various places in Scottsdale that weren’t as good that cost $14-$17.

“Look how big those sandwiches are!”

My husband tried the Pompei Panini (Cotto Ham, Salame Parma, Provola Cheese, Onions, Lettuce, Roma Tomato. He said it was very good.

Dogs and me don’t eat much lunch meat….We had Chicken!


“We are off to Cucina Tagliani in Glendale”

Cucina Tagliani has been in business for over 20 years. They are well known for offering American Italian Favorites. All the sauces and dressings are made in house and they offer more heath conscious and vegetable dishes than most Italian Restaurants. They offer Grilled Chicken Parmesan, Baked Spaghetti Squash and Healthy option pastas.  Cucina Tagliani also offers a Certified Dog Friendly patio and depending on what server you get your dog might be served a bowl of water.

Today I tried something new to me.

The Chicken Artichoke Panini with Caesar salad as my side. (I had the chicken on the side so I could feed the dogs)

“Hey you don’t need all that food!” “Hand some over!”

This is a really big sandwich. I removed one piece of bread and just folded the bottom piece over and then it was the right size. It didn’t look too gooey or cheesy inside but it was tasty.

My husband had a Stromboli.

“Hey Chicken Goddess….You are our favorite at the moment!”

“We enjoyed our chicken at Cucina Tagliani!”


“We’re on our Forking Way to Banh Mi Bistro Vietnamese Eatery in Phoenix”

Banh Mi Bistro is a Pho – free  Vietnamese Eatery that offers many of your Vietnamese Favorites except for Pho. They specialize in the Vietnamese Banh Mi Sandwich and offer it in around ten varieties. They also offer many appetizers, salads, noodle bowls, rice plates and MORE!

Today I had the Chef’s Special Vietnamese Style Curry with Rice (instead of baguette). It’s a bowl of sliced chicken breast, carrots, potatoes and crushed peanuts in a lemongrass laced curry sauce.

“Ummmmmmmmmmmm It’s Forking Scrumptious!” It seems lighter and more aromatic that some of the other styles of Chicken Curry I tried!”

“I need some more please!”

My husband never ordered a Chicken Banh Mi before so he tried one today.

How can it not be tasty with delicious pickled carrots radish salad, crisp cucumbers, jalapeño, marinated chicken and fresh cilantro on that wheat/rice flour baguette.


That was Dining Out with Dogs for January 2018. We hope to see you next month!

The Forking Truth

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

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