Ask Tom: Restaurants that welcome dogs on their patios

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

District readers Dolph Hatfield and Mary Wilson wrote to ask about restaurants with outdoor seating that might welcome them and their pooch. "We can lend you our experienced cocker spaniel, who loves eating out, if you don't have a dog," they kindly offered. Some sniffing around on my part turned up these establishments that let canines eat with their masters on their patios: Addie's in Rockville, Blue Duck Tavern in the West End, Buzz Bakery in Alexandria, Cafe Milano in Georgetown, Hank's Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle, Jaleo in Bethesda, Johnny's Half Shell on the Hill, Masa 14 in Logan Circle, Occidental Grill near the White House, Potenza downtown, Redwood in Bethesda, and Proof and Zaytinya in Penn Quarter. Jackson 20, in the Hotel Monaco Alexandria, goes so far as to stage doggy happy hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 8 p.m. Beginning Thursday (weather permitting), chef Dennis Marron will be offering two-legged guests $5 snacks, including country ham biscuits, soft pretzels with pimento cheese and house-made tater tots with a trio of ketchups.

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