By Teresa Bitler
Your dog is part of the family. In Chandler, you don’t have to leave your pup behind when you want to go for a desert walk or grab a bite out. Many of the city’s best casual eateries have dog-friendly patios, and some go even further with special menus and treats for your canine companion.
SanTan Brewing Company
The large, wrap-around patio at SanTan Brewing Company in Downtown Chandler welcomes well-behaved pooches with fresh water and treats. Your pooch can watch people stroll by on the sidewalk or kids play in nearby Dr. A.J. Chandler Park while you munch on pub-style pizzas, sandwiches, tacos and gourmet burgers like the Chipotle Bacon Cheeseburger.
Wash your meal down with a SanTan Lager, a light blond, Arizona-style lager with fruity aroma, or the ever-popular Hopshock IPA. Planning to spend a Saturday or Sunday hanging with your fur buddy? SanTan serves brunch, including mimosas and beermosas, on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Map: 8 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler 85225 or (480) 917-8700
The Local Chandler
Cheer on your favorite team with your best friend at your feet on The Local Chandler’s dog-friendly, brick patio. This upscale sports bar boasts 25 TVs inside and outside plus 18 rotating taps dispensing Arizona’s best locally-brewed beers, including selections from SanTan Brewing Company, OHSO Brewery and Four Peaks Brewing Co.
Hungry? The Local Chandler not only focuses on local teams when selecting the games to broadcast, but also fresh, local ingredients in preparing its menu. Choose from wings, cheese curds and BBQ Brisket Smothered Fries for starters. Then dig into a jalapeno cheddar brat, premium angus burger or tasty flatbread.
Map: 55 W. Chicago St., Chandler 85225 or (480) 699-9104
Enjoy a relaxed meal on the dog-friendly patio at this healthy Chandler restaurant known for its extensive, delicious options for health-focused dining. The menu at Tryst Café features organicd meals that accommodate vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets. From the Pork Adobo Tacos to the Chicken & Goat Cheese Salad or the Jackfruit Bowl, all the dishes are next-level. Complement your dish with a cocktail from the full bar.
Map: 4205 S. Gilbert Rd., Chandler AZ 85249 or (480) 656-1011
Ginger Monkey Gastropub
Restaurants don’t get any more dog-friendly than the Ginger Monkey Gastropub. Four-legged guests have their own menu featuring items like the Pup Patty, a ground-beef patty with white rice, and the Bark Bowl, a combination of scrambled eggs, chicken and beef chunks. Watch for the Broncos jersey-wearing Elway, the restaurant’s canine mascot, as you dine on the patio, aka Elway’s Lounge.
As your dog chows on his meal, enjoy your own. Ginger Monkey specializes in made-from-scratch dishes that offer a unique twist on traditional comfort food.
Map: 135 W. Ocotillo Road, Chandler 85248 or (480) 802-6659
BKD’s Backyard Joint
On those summer days when it’s too hot to hang with your best canine bud on most restaurant patios, head to BKD’s Backyard Joint. The locally-owned sports bar has a covered, climate-controlled patio with picnic tables, oversized yard games and pool tables. Catch a game on one of the high-definition TVs, positioned so every seat has a good view, and sip a cold brew from one of 24 taps.
The menu features tasty pub grub, including wings, nachos, burgers, build-your-own pizza and sandwiches like the Hatch Grilled Cheese, made with Hatch green chiles, and the brisket dip served on a warm hoagie roll. On the weekend, find a great brunch menu including the Chef's handcrafted items including the Spicy Chicken and Waffles with Bourbon Syrup or Corned Beef Hash.
Map: 980 E. Pecos Road or (480) 935-2537
Open every day, BLD Chandler (Breakfast Lunch Dinner) has a large, dog-friendly patio, perfect for kicking back with your four-legged friend at any time, day or night. In the morning, sip on a smoothie, protein shake or cup of coffee while your pet drinks water provided by the staff. Or, opt for something heartier like omelets, pancakes and hash.
For lunch, order a farm-fresh salad, sandwich or tacos, and at dinnertime, choose from entrées like made-from-scratch meatloaf, fried chicken and BBQ with a housemade sauce. BLD also offers weekly specials.
Map: 1920 W. Germann Road or (480) 779-8646
Take your pup to brunch at Hash Kitchen. Open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the popular brunch spot has a large patio with misting system and oversized umbrellas to keep both you and your pooch comfortable even during the summer.
If you have a someone to watch your pet, step inside and create your own version of the Bloody Mary from more than 50 toppings. Or sample a cereal shooter flight featuring four shots made with cereal-infused coconut milk. Hash Kitchen is also known for its cannoli donuts, egg dishes and, of course, its hash.
Map: 2855 W. Ray Road or (480) 909-4270
Good Time Charli’s Neighborhood Craft Pub
You and your dog will have a rocking great time at Good Time Charli’s Neighborhood Craft Pub. The dog-friendly patio hosts live music, including country and classic rock on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and early evenings.
While you listen to live music or root for your favorite team—Good Time Charli’s is an official watch location for Ohio State football—dine on fresh, made-from-scratch pizza, burgers and sandwiches. Or take advantage of the weekend football food and drink specials, including a pizza and wing deal and a 64-ounce pitcher of domestic draft beer for $8, minimum two people.
Map: 6045 W. Chandler Blvd. or (480) 556-1420