There are tons of great places in RVA to grab a bite to eat with your pup! Here's a list of some of our favorites:
Crossroads Coffee & Ice Cream is so much more than just an awesome coffee shop (which it also is). They’re open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner! They have carefully selected beer and wine options and feature live music almost daily. You’ll find lots of great local products on the menu like Cupertino’s bagels and Rostov’s coffee. Don’t forget about the locally made ice cream! They have plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options and we highly recommend the Ultimate Grilled Cheese (panini, feta, cheddar, Swiss, American, sun dried tomato dressing, sliced tomato).
The Fancy Biscuit
Southern hospitality, delicious biscuits served piping hot and filled with everything from country ham and caramel sauce (from sister restaurant Shyndigz, fried chicken with pepper jelly, goat cheese, and balsamic, to tasso ham gravy with white cheddar grits and 5 jumbo gulf shrimp! Feeling creative? You can B.Y.O.B. – Build Your Own Biscuit with more than 20 different options! They also have a selection of your favorite brunch drinks like a Bloody Mary made with sake and a flight of mimosas.
23rd & Main
23rd & Main has a huge outdoor patio that is perfect for bringing along your furry BFF. In fact, we’re pretty sure their Yappy Hour is one of the hottest canine social scenes in RVA. Their weekend brunch menu is on point with $14 mimosa pitchers, breakfast pizza, and Scottish eggs (two poached panko breaded deep fried eggs with prosciutto potato hash and hollandaise sauce). They also have delicious brick oven pizzas and their specialty cocktail menu is full of both classics and some creative drinks you won’t find elsewhere.
If you and your pup are looking for a sweet treat, Whisk should definitely be on your list. Their treats are delicious and totally adorable. Our favorites right now are their ice cream macarons (i.e. Peanut butter ice cream with pieces of chocolate chips cookies between two chocolate macaron shells)! The Parisian-style bakery also offers a variety of flaky croissants, fresh bread, locally-roasted coffee, wine, and mimosas. Grab fluffy and go!
Casa del Barco
The name says it all. Oh wait… It’s not spelled “BARK-o”? Nevermind. But it’s still totally pup-friendly! The food is amazing so be ready for lots of begging. It’s OK though, no one’s going to blame you for slipping your pup a chip or two (just leave off the dip because onions are a no-no for your pooch). Casa del Barco has all of your favorite authentic Mexican foods made with fresh ingredients and some fun twists. We’re looking at you, Crab Guacamole. The Casa Specialties like the Mushroom and Squash Fideos (sauteed oyster and portobello mushrooms, zucchini and squash noodles, pumpkin seed pesto, arugula, charred cherry tomatoes, and aged monterey jack cheese) and the Honey-Habanero Moonshine Shrimp (seared jumbo shrimp in Belle Isle Honey Habanero Moonshine glaze, creamy corn esquites, blistered shishito peppers, Mexican herbs) are absolutely fabulous. Plus you can take Fido on a nice walk along Canal Walk before or after you eat so it’s the perfect night out for you and them!
Southern Railway Taphouse
Their concept is simple: Craft Beer. Craft Food. And they’ve mastered it. We recommend stopping in during Happy Hour for 1/2 price apps – Short Rub Sliders, Fresh-Baked Pretzel sticks with beer cheese and honey mustard, Pan-Fried Pork Dumplings with wasabi aioli and citrus soy dipping sauce. Or checking out their new Sunday brunch. We have our eye on the Breakfast Breads Basket that comes with a scone, mini muffin, croissant, cinnamon bun, pound cake, and a donut and the Shareable Poinsetta Mimosa (2 champagne bottles, 2 pints cranberry juice, 1/2 pint orange juice, a splash of grenadine, and slices of oranges and stawberries). Their patio isn’t just dog friendly. It’s also AWESOME. They have life-size Jenga and Connect Four. You play. Your pup plays. It’s a win-win.
Siné Irish Pub
Siné Irish Pub is designed to give you an authentic Irish pub experience. The menu is full of traditional Irish favorites like potato soup, fish & chips, and bangers & mash. There are also some fun variations on the classics like the Irish Spring Rolls (corned beef, Swiss cheese, and vegetable egg rolls fried golden brown & served with pub mustard) and Irish Nachos (diced fried potatoes topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, jalapenos, tomatoes, ranch, and scallions). Enjoy their large patio with your pupper and grab a Guinness just for us!
Citizen Burger Bar
Citizen Burger Bar hails itself as a classic American burger joint with a focus on local ingredients. Their food is amazing and their dog-friendly patio area is one of the best around. There are always pups there so your bestie can meet lots of new doggo buds. You’ll love the burgers and if you’re willing to share, Fluffy will too. One of our favorites is The Executive – Timbercreek beef, pit-smoked pork belly, McClure swiss, black onion, fried farm egg, garlicaioli, truffled brioche.
Bottoms Up Pizza
There’s a reason Richmonders rave about Bottoms Up pizza. It’s because it’s delicious. And with their dog-friendly patio, your fur-baby is sure to agree too. You can’t go wrong with any pie from this delicious pizza joint. Your first choice is between red sauce and white sauce (or BBQ or brown mustard) and from there it only gets better. They have lots of interesting pizzas like the Rockafeller (smoked oysters, bacon, spinach, shredded parmesean) and the State Fair (Guldens brown mustard, sausage, caramelized onions, and roasted red peppers). They’re also vegan, gluten free, and low carb friendly with great options like Portabella Mushroom Pizzas. We’re getting hungry just thinking about it!
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If you're looking for a new fuzzy pal to go out with, we have you covered! We're partnering with local shelters on Saturday, August 19 to #ClearTheShelters! Participating shelters are waiving or reducing their adoption fees so we can help all of RVA's homeless pets find their forever families. Check out some adoptable pets and find a shelter near you at nbc12.com/pets!