Local Color

Local Color

Sit 'n' Stay Cafe, Point Isabel. Photo courtesy Mary MacTavish, Creative Commons license.Whether you’re cruising the coast, heading to the high country or just passing through, having these chow-friendly rest stops book-marked into your GPS can come in handy.

Just off the Highway 50 corridor in Placerville, for example, Sweetie Pie’s Restaurant and Bakery is a breakfast and lunch gathering place for “dog people” who like a little bit of coffee with their newspapers and, often, a little bit of conversation with their turkey melts.

In Berkeley, the Missouri Lounge might best be classified as a dog-friendly dive bar: Think pool tables inside, heated patio tables outside and a menu heavy on chili and such.

You can’t get a better combo of local color and dogginess than the Sit & Stay Café adjacent to Point Isabel Regional Shoreline in Richmond. Pull up to a picnic table, sip your latte and watch four-leggers of every stripe run and play at one of the region’s premier leash-free open spaces. If mud is an issue, you can deal with it right then and there at MudPuppy’s Tub & Scrub, where you dirty pooch will emerge smelling fresh as a daisy and showing off her brightest colors and whitest whites.

Posted on: March 16, 2011

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