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5 Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Arizona

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More people are hitting the road with their dogs in tow. Lucky for four- and two-legged travelers, many Arizona restaurants cater to dog owners and their furry friends. Check out five picks across the Grand Canyon State that get tails wagging with everything from dedicated dog menus to homemade biscuits and treats.

Macky's Grill in Payson

Travelers and locals alike have been venturing to Macky's Grill in Payson for its casual atmosphere and eats since 1997. On the expansive, sunny patio, humans dine on wings, burgers and sandwiches while pups browse the "unofficial dog menu." Owners can order for their dogs from a list of options that includes unseasoned hot dogs, hamburgers, and chicken breasts that are best complemented with a big bowl of ice-cold water.

Creekside American Bistro in Sedona

Since 2008, Creekside American Bistro in Sedona has been serving all-American cuisine human and canine patrons alike. On the outdoor patio, dogs lounge on colorful and cozy blankets, gulp filtered water and take in the view of Sedona's famed red rocks. The gourmet dog menu includes items such as steak tartare, venison stew and cheddar omelets served with chicken. No expense is spared for Fido, and Chef Mercer Mohr (an animal lover and proud dog parent to Roxanne, a 16-year old white American Eskimo) makes sure discerning dog customers are satisfied. He lists his personal phone number and asks that patrons send him a text if their dogs are not receiving VIP treatment.

O.H.S.O Brewery + Distillery in the Phoenix metro area

The list of dog-friendly amenities at Phoenix-based O.H.S.O Brewery + Distillery is impressive. Leash your dog to a tableside carabiner on the outdoor patio, which is typically filled with a menagerie of pups big and small. O.H.S.O. staff provides a water bowl with your dog's name written on the dish, as well as treats made from the brewery's spent grains. Servers occasionally dish out bacon to hungry dogs, too. Owners can order dog-specific entrées like burger patties and grilled chicken. All O.H.S.O. locations showcase photos of regular dog customers on the walls. In addition to hosting special events to benefit dog rescues, O.H.S.O. also offers charity beers with proceeds going to rescue groups. They even brewed a beer called Puppy's Breath to benefit charitable dog groups.

River City Grill in Yuma

Co-owner and self-proclaimed dog lover Nan Bain dishes up fresh seafood and premium cuts of beef with an emphasis on healthy, organic ingredients and international flavors. Exotic spices and surprising preparations show up on River City Grill dishes such as curried mussels, apricot salmon and mustard-crusted tofu. If your dog is an adventurous eater, the menu options at this place will make her drool. The patio welcomes doggy diners, and servers keep water bowls filled. Bain and her husband, Tony, have two dogs, a Shih Tzu and a mixed breed Chihuahua.

Old Bisbee Brewing Company in Bisbee

Dogs are welcome inside and out at Old Bisbee Brewing Company, located in the artsy and eclectic Southern Arizona mountain town of Bisbee. Make your way to "Brewery Gulch," a favorite haunt filled with watering holes during the town’s mining heyday (and today). Chatty, friendly locals snack on sausages and sip cold craft beer at Old Bisbee Brewing Company, with four-legged friends taking their pick from water bowls placed throughout the brewery. Poodle mix Scruffy has been coming here since its inception in 2010 and even has his own chair inside.

Teresa K. Traverse

About the Author: Teresa K. Traverse

Teresa Traverse is a writer, editor, traveler and dog mom to two long-haired Chihuahuas: Autumn and Rocket. Find her online at: teresaktraverse.com.

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