Dogs Gone?

Many Dallas restaurants welcome dogs--at considerable risk

But the health department states matters otherwise. "If food is served," Williams says, "dogs are not allowed." They also require that restaurant managers pass a registered food-service manager's course, which explains city ordinances in some detail. "It goes over everything," admits Julie Myers, assistant general manager of Dakota's (not a dog-friendly restaurant), "but it's just a matter of how well you retain the information. Some are more conscientious than others." Restaurateurs must keep track of city, state and federal regulations, from local health and zoning ordinances to federal workplace safety requirements to the idiosyncrasies of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. It's a lot to know, and perhaps that section barring dogs just slips past their notice.

Yet, Myers says, "most restaurants post health codes somewhere on the premises. Whether anybody pays attention is another matter."

"They should know," Williams adds bluntly.

Mark Andresen

Location Info


Hula Hotties Cafe & Bakery

244 W. Davis St.
Dallas, TX 75208

Category: Restaurant > Hawaiian

Region: Oak Cliff & South Dallas

Paris Vendome

3699 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204

Category: Restaurant >

Region: Uptown & Oak Lawn

Ginger Man

2718 Boll St.
Dallas, TX 75204

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Uptown & Oak Lawn


4005 Preston Road, #518
Plano, TX 75093

Category: Restaurant > New American

Region: Plano

Texas Bar and Grill

220 E. Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75039-5503

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Irving & Las Colinas


3408 Central Expressway
Plano, TX 75074

Category: Restaurant > Tex-Mex

Region: Plano

Of course, Dallas restaurant inspectors have yet to bust any dog-friendly establishment, and Williams expressed surprise that such existed in the city. Apparently a knowledge gap exists on both sides.

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