Coconuts – Fort Lauderdale, FL

Apr 13, 11 Coconuts – Fort Lauderdale, FL

You have to love a good restaurant with water front dining that says “Pet Friendly to Pet” on their website. My dear friends Adrienne and Manny love this place and told me a lot of people with dogs dine here. Lot’s of good food choices – Seafood, Salads, American food, large Wine selection, and a Full Bar. Right on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Address: 429 Seabreeze Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 525-2421
Cuisine: American, Seafood Service: Table Price: Moderate-Expensive

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Ice Box Cafe

Jan 29, 11 Ice Box Cafe

Restaurant Address: 1657 Michigan Ave., Miami Beach, Florida 33139
(305) 538-8448

If Ice Box sounds vaguely familiar, you’re probably an Oprah fan. Several years ago she announced that this tiny spot next to the Lincoln Road pedestrian mall had the “Best Cake in America,” helping catapult it to national prominence.

The cakes ARE great, but the menu doesn’t stop there. Breakfast is a standout, thanks to specialties like lemon poppyseed pancakes or “very merry berry” French toast.

Lunchtime prices range from about $13 to $18 — not bad at all for items like wasabi glazed salmon or autumn brisket stew. They serve dinner too, though personally I think the restaurant loses some of its charm once the sun goes down.

Outside tables are dog-friendly, of course, but there are only six of them, and they’re packed pretty close together. They also take up nearly the whole width of the narrow sidewalk, so if your dog is too big to sit in your lap, you may feel like you’re blocking the way.

Bottom line: A reasonably priced, innovative menu for breakfast and lunch, plus desserts worthy of the Queen of Talk.

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The Cardozo

Jan 26, 11 The Cardozo

Restaurant Address: 1300 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Every block on Ocean Drive has 2 or 3 restaurants, but The Cardozo has one big advantage over the competition: It’s owned by Gloria Estefan, who defined the “Miami sound” back in the 80s and 90s.

Like it’s neighbors, The Cardozo offers a fixed-price breakfast that looks like a terrific deal at just $5.75. Portions are big — I got EIGHT slices of bacon along with my scrambled eggs last week — but the “deal” disappears when you realize they charged you $4 for your beverage. I find it kind of insulting when they don’t even print their drink prices on the menu. Do they think you’re not going to pay attention when the check comes?

Oh well, $12 bucks for breakfast on Ocean Drive isn’t terrible (that price includes tip), and this is a nice, dog-friendly spot. If the sidewalk tables feel a little too crowded, there’s also a wide terrace that’s a little more removed from the hustle and bustle.

Just do yourself a favor: When you order water for the dog, tell the waiter to make it two!

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The Carlyle

Jan 20, 11 The Carlyle

Restaurant Address: 1250 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Every restaurant on Ocean Drive these days seems to be competing for the “Cheapest Breakfast” crown. I live two blocks away, so I’ve tried pretty much all of them, and as long as you sit outside, your dog is always welcomed.

The food is pretty much interchangeable, but The Carlyle, overall, is one of my favorites thanks to the friendly staff, good service, and stylish furniture. (Sydney hates those slick, flimsy plastic chairs at some places!)

For $5.75 — a fairly standards price on this stretch of Ocean Drive — you get two eggs, bacon, potatoes and toast. Just watch out for the $3 coffee! I’ve never understood why a cuppa Joe should add 50% to your breakfast tab.

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Gaspar’s Grotto

Jan 13, 11 Gaspar’s Grotto

Restaurant Address: 1805 E. 7th Ave, Ybor City, FL 33605

Gaspar’s Grotto is pet friendly all the time. On the first Saturday of every month Pets on the Patio is a wonderful event to meet other dog lovers with your best friends. Good food, drink specials and live music.

This friendly bar and restaurant has all you want for a good time.


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Big Pink

Jan 09, 11 Big Pink

Restaurant Address: 157 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, FL 33139

This is a local favorite, and a must if you’re staying in the popular SoFi neighborhood (i.e., South of Fifth). The menu is enormous — you’ll find some three dozen choices of starters, salads and sides, before you even get to the entrees. The emphasis is on comfort food, with huge portions and reasonable prices. Breakfast is served all day, and the malted waffles are a standout.

Outdoor seating is fairly limited here — only about 10 tables — so be prepared for a wait if you don’t show up early. If you eat at Big Pink for breakfast or lunch, don’t miss the brand new Washington Avenue Dog Park, just one block west of the restaurant on 2nd Street. It’s an off-leash park opened in Nov. 2010, with benches, shade trees and plenty of room to run. There’s even a fountain the dogs can play in on hot summer days.

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Casey’s on Central

Jan 06, 11 Casey’s on Central

Dogs are welcome at the outside tables at this bar. “Cool little bar”. “No frills here”. They do not have food here. They do have popcorn. They have live bands a few night a week. It can get get very crowded on the weekends.

Location: 50 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801 Phone: (407) 648-4218

Cuisine: Bar   Price: Moderate   Service: Table  Website:


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Eola Wine Company – 2 locations – Orlando and Winter Park

Jan 06, 11 Eola Wine Company – 2 locations – Orlando and Winter Park

Dogs are welcome at the outside tables. They serve domestic and imported Wine. Lite bites only – Cheese plates, Salad, Flatbreads. They open at 4pm on weekdays but stay open late. They serve brunch on weekends from noon-4pm. People rave about this Wine bar. They have beer also.

Location: 500 E. Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801 Phone: 407-481-9100 and 136 Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL Phone 407-647-9103

Cuisine: Wine Bar/ Lite Bites   Service: Table   Price: Moderate



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NYPD Pizza

Dogs are welcome at the outside tables. This is a chain restaurant with locations all over the country. If you want italian food that is not too expensive this is a good option.

Location: 2589 South Hiawassee Rd, Orlando, FL 32835 Phone: 407-293-8880

Cuisine: Pizza/Italian Service: Counter   Price: Inexpensive Website:


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White Wolf Cafe – Orlando

Jan 06, 11 White Wolf Cafe – Orlando

Dogs are welcome at the outside tables. “Bohemian Atmosphere” They have burgers, Seafood, Flatbread pizza’s, and Pasta. They open at 7am and stay open till 10pm (11pm weekends)

Location: 1829 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804 Phone (407) 895-5590

Cuisine: American   Service: Table   Price: Moderate  Website:


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The Bungalow Restaurant and Bar

Jan 06, 11 The Bungalow Restaurant and Bar

Dogs are welcome at the outside tables. The have lot’s of TV’s so you can hang out with your dog and watch various sporting events. Full Bar. Wide selection of all types of food.

Location: 2202 W. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606 Phone: 813-253-3663  Website:

Cuisine: American/Seafood/Bar  Service: Table   Price: Moderate


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Johnny Rockets – Coconut Grove location

Dogs are welcome at the outside tables at this Coconut Grove location. This is the only Johnny Rockets that welcomes dogs.  I love the burgers, fries and shakes here.

Location: 3036 Grand Avenue, Miami, Florida 33133 Phone: 305-444-1000

Cuisine: Burgers/Sandwiches/Fries  Service: Table   Price: Moderate Website:


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