No "Faux Paw" for Charm City

Carrie Murphy

Charm City is certainly a dog-loving town. Our city is brimming with dog parks and specialty pet stores, and we see pet owners walking their furry friends everywhere from Patterson Park to Charles Village. And there's good news for you, Baltimore dog lovers: in the summer of 2011, the Maryland general assembly passed a law making it legal for you to bring your dog with you when dining outdoors. We've seen pooches hanging out on restaurant patios for years, of course, but we're happy to know it's now legally allowed. Dogs have to be on a leash, with an adult, and attended at all times. Restaurants are required to notify the health department that they allow dogs, and also must have signs posted in the areas where dogs are allowed. 

Now that's nice out, we're definitely feeling dining al-fresco. If you're wondering where you and your pooch can enjoy the breeze in downtown Baltimore, we've got a couple of suggestions for you. 

Fells Point and Canton are dog-friendly, walkable neighborhoods that are packed with restaurants where Fido is just as welcome as you are. Down by the harbor, you're likely to see a golden retriever lapping up water next to his owner who's downing a brew. Todd Conner's, Shuckers, Johnny Rad's, Riptide by the Bay, Max's, Kooper's, and Alexander's all allow dogs in their outdoor seating. We also love The Daily Grind's doggie door, which makes it possible for you to order coffee and stay outside with your dog. It's similar to a drive through, but think canine rather than car. And despite its name, Federal Hill bar Pub Dog no longer allows dogs inside, but if you're in the neighborhood, you can take your hound to the large patio at Little Havana.

Friendly and casual (read: BYOB) Mt. Vernon pizza joint Iggie's allows dogs on their patio, too. They'll provide your pet with a bowl of water and give him plenty of attention while you enjoy a slice of their fresh, handmade pizza.  Turps and Dionysus are other Midtown spots that welcome your pets. The always popular Miss Shirley's accepts tail-waggers at all of their locations, too, although we suggest going at off-peak hours so you won't have to wait for a table with a leash in your hand. 

If you know of any other dog-friendly eateries in the area, please let us know!


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