December 2, 2022

There is a new trend in dog friendly menus at San Francisco restaurants


It’s not uncommon for upscale restaurants to go above and beyond to make diners feel welcome. But at Angler, a Michelin-starred seafood destination on the Embarcadero, where there’s a roaring fire in the kitchen and a picture-worthy bay view, the team is no longer content to satisfy its customers. typical and easy. Since the beginning of the month, they have also opened their arms, their terrace and their parklet to the four-legged friends of their customers. The restaurant recently launched a two-item dog-only menu, allowing puppies of all sizes, ages and colors to enjoy a salmon or chicken cookie topped with ‘caviar’ made with dog-friendly ingredients by the restaurant. The restaurant’s award-winning culinary eatery. team.

And the seafood-focused stunner isn’t the only place San Franciscans can not only dine next to their pets, but also dine. with them. A number of restaurants, from the more casual to the more upscale, are hoping to get customers out of their pandemic eating routines by encouraging them to bring their dogs to dinner.

Season Hospitality chief of staff Jessica Kapoor said the idea for the Angler’s menu came after staff noticed more and more people were bringing their dogs to the restaurant. She had also had conversations with pet owners who were reluctant to leave their dogs at home while they were away. “I think during their 40s a lot of people were home alone, and I think their pets really helped them through that time,” Kapoor said. “And going out to eat was a celebration that people can be outside, and I think a lot of them took their dogs with them, because they went through that time when they were home alone. . ”

Angler has partnered with dog food brand Jinx on a new puppy-only menu.
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A red shiba inu sits on a chair, eating a treat at Angler's.

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The pet adoption boom caused by pandemic-induced stay-at-home orders has been well documented. And despite much of the twist about all those “pandemic puppies” being sent back to shelters, reports indicate that the the crisis was largely avoided in San Francisco. But where else, apart “At home” and “anxious, does that leave these good boys and girls? Well, for at least some homeowners, the answer seems to be in restaurants – something that has only become more achievable through the massive expansion of outdoor dining spaces in the city, via all of those now permanent parklets. .

The Peruvian restaurant in Marina District Jaranita, a more casual spinoff of La Mar Cebicheria Peruana which opened in January, also announced a new Yappy Hour every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., during which dogs receive free treats. and $ 1 of every cocktail purchased goes to local dog rescue Muttville. Of course, dogs are always welcome at the restaurant’s 40-seat park, but general manager Diego A. Pilares says the weekly event is a way for the restaurant to re-establish and strengthen its ties with the neighborhood. “We’re obviously not the cookie cutter option for that,” he says. “[But] it was just a little natural. A lot of people have had dogs during the pandemic and are starting to come out a bit more. We want them to feel at home here. ”

Tacolicious, a mini Mexican restaurant chain with three locations across town, takes a similar path to Angler, not only welcoming puppies, but also creating a menu of dining options for them. Their weekly Happy Hour barklet, which launched at the marina on October 6, means dog owners can pay $ 6 for the kitchen to cook up a Chopped Sweet Potato and Chicken Thigh Happy Meal or $ 2 for a ” coconut oil and cinnamon-based chew churro – bowls of water, however, are free.

Fish-shaped dog biscuit with salmon filling.

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A bone-shaped dog treat with a chicken filling.

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A shiba inu eats a dog treat from its owner's hand at a table.

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At Angler, Saison Hospitality business manager Brian Limoges, who has spent time in the kitchen at some of San Francisco’s top restaurants, including Birdsong, Quince, and Atelier Crenn, admits he was skeptical when the team approached him to prepare dog food. “But, I mean, I approached it like I approach any other challenge,” he says, pointing out that Angler’s dog menu is still rooted in the restaurant’s philosophy of using ingredients. high quality and thoughtful preparation.

The resulting menu includes two options, both inspired by the restaurant’s banana caviar pancake, which is not recommended for puppy consumption. Limoges says the cookies, which are shaped like a bone or a fish, are made from oatmeal that the kitchen makes in-house, toast the oats and then grind them, and bananas that the team ripens to “their optimal nutrition level.” Even chicken broth is prepared without alliums, which can be toxic to dogs. They then top them with Jinx-branded salmon or chicken toppings, offering two options in trying to be sensitive to some dogs’ dietary restrictions. All in all, the treats might be the most delicious thing a dog has ever enjoyed. “I ate myself to be sure,” said Limoges, laughing.

A yellow lab puppy eats a dog bone from a bowl.

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A yellow lab puppy licks a bowl on a restaurant table.

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