A dog may be man’s best friend, but it’s woman who knows how to keep him well fed.
For many homes, furbabies are more than pets—they’re part of the family! And from scenic mountain hikes to a casual pint in town, it’s great to take them out with you to enjoy all the amenities WNC has to offer. But at which local restaurants are pets most welcome to join you for a snack or beverage?
Luckily, our agents love their furbabies as much as anyone. Plus, they’re experts in where to get a great bite. We asked our ladies: Where are the most dog-friendly restaurants in Western North Carolina?
Photo from Brandie Huffman
I recommend Bold Rock Hard Cider in Mills River. Bold Rock is the purrrrrfect place to take your furbaby. The drinks are yummy and cold, and the atmosphere is always fabulously fun. The outdoor areas are cozy and oh-so pet friendly. #henniehuffman loves it! Check out his smile!
I have had good experiences with so many Biltmore Park restaurants, specifically Travinia Italian Kitchen, Wild Wings, and Hickory Tavern. If I had to choose, I would choose Travina. They really made my dogs feel special and gave them a lot of attention, as well as snacks.
BearWaters Brewery and Pigeon River Grille (same location) in Canton are dog-friendly on the patio. Treats are even provided, along with water bowls. Triskelion Brewing in Hendersonville is also dog friendly. Since they don’t serve food, dogs are welcome in the tap room, as well as outside. Check out #dogsofbearwaters & #dogsoftriskelion on Instagram. And follow Dogs of WNC Breweries on Facebook to stay up to date on dog-friendly spots.
—Mary MacGregor, Accounting
Stop by the Rescue Dog Café at 240 E Main Street in Burnsville, where you can make a difference while satisfying your desire for your morning coffee. Every cup of coffee you purchase at the café helps an animal in need, as we donate a percentage of our coffee sales everyday to local charities. We also have wine and beer available, and some plates and snacks. The café offers a relaxing atmosphere inside and out. We have a quiet setting to unwind, hang out, read, or browse your favorite websites with our free wi-fi. Bring your pooch along, and they can enjoy a free puppy latte or other homemade doggy treats. Our delicious, organic, fair-trade coffee and espresso drinks complement our bakery items, baked fresh every morning. And don’t miss out on our amazing bagels (brought in from Asheville) and our homemade cream cheese! For those non-coffee drinkers, we have organic teas and various kinds of beer and wine. And of course, we have lots of dog-related items. Don’t forget, we are open till 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday, the perfect days to relax.
Bean Vegan Cuisine in South Asheville is great! They have a terrace where puppies can hang out while humans enjoy a delicious plant-based meal.
Mezzaluna on Main Street in Hendersonville is an awesome place to take a furbaby or even a pet pig. Their outside seating offers a roomy spot for your pet to lounge while you enjoy the downtown atmosphere and Mezzaluna’s great Italian food!
Many times, I will have my two goldendoodles with me, and we are lucky to have a variety of restaurants that are dog friendly and offer outdoor seating. In Black Mountain, some of my favorites are Dark City Deli, My Father’s Pizza and Pasta, and Black Mountain Bistro. There is even a lovely pet store where your pups can also have a treat!
My dog is still young and full of energy, so when thinking of places to eat with him, plenty of space is key! That is why we love taking him to New Belgium Brewing. They have so many different outdoor areas, as well as rotating food trucks, so there is great variety in every visit.