We’ve had our 2nd dog friendly dining experience in Portland (I still need to update you on our first one!) This one catered to the dogs’ dining needs though, where the first one didn’t, so I wanted to share a few details and our review of the place.
The Tin Shed Garden Cafe in Portland has an outdoor dining deck where the pups can join their owners for dinner and make a selection off the menu themselves. It’s not really open air (or wasn’t when we went) but rather was ‘tented’ in and quite comfy despite the rainy/chilly day.
It’s also a great location to meet up before/after doggie play dates which is what we did with Tenacious Terrier- we had an agenda for me to meet Onyxx prior to his mini-vacay at our place last month. The Tin Shed currently offers three different entree’s on their Dog Menu and we chose chicken and rice for the boys to split.
While we dined, there were anywhere between 5-8 different dogs in this outdoor dining deck and everyone did well in such close proximity-they were all just happy for their food! A few little yips, but all the people and dogs were happy to be in each others company. The staff seemed pleased about the pups’ presence and not just like they were tolerating the dogs too which always makes me quite happy and much more at ease.
Scootie LOVED the chicken and rice meal that he and Onyxx split (big portions, little dogs!) It was such a fun and unique experience. When my husband is back from out of country I think the four of us will go (Bear was absent from this first visit) and really enjoy ourselves. We’re always looking for ways to incorporate the dogs into everything we do on the weekends and this will be a great option for us. It looks like they have a dogs eat FREE on Tuesday night special- fun stuff! Tin Shed also sells bandanas for $8 (100% of proceeds go to a dog friendly non-profit) and your pup gets half off their meals when they arrive donning said bandana- love their way of giving back!
I really liked the food at Tin Shed too and look forward to going back for more. I need a mimosa next time! What I didn’t know until after my first visit was that their eggs, beef, and chicken are all free range, and as is the Portland way- everything is as locally sourced as possible. Yay! They also compost all the leftovers- it’s always been the little things that ‘get me’ For locals, Tin Shed makes a lot of great announcements on their facebook page so that’s a great way to stay tuned.
Would you take advantage of a dog-friendly dining experience if your town had something similar to offer? How dog friendly do you think your town is?