Where to romp, chow down, and spa with your best dog
From spas to burger joints, pool parties to baseballs games, the cat’s out of the bag on the most pet-friendly locales.
Have a sleepover with Puppelstiltskin, then hit the pool deck in the a.m. with your four-legged friend-on-a-leash. Guests of the resort and spa overlooking Biscayne Bay are allowed two small dogs (under 25 pounds) for a per-stay fee of $150.
At the latest and largest burger chain location, pups savor a refreshing Pooch-ini, a mix of dog biscuits, peanut butter sauce, and vanilla custard. They may also unearth a Bag o’ Bones, filled with ShackBurger dog biscuits.
Shake Shack Coral Gables, 1450 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables (786-470-3701 or shakeshack.com).
The art deco outdoor strip mall may be the most dog-friendly locale in all of South Florida. From bowls of water for thirsty canines to pups perched at dinner tables, the place is as much about pooch-peeping as people-watching.
Lincoln Road Mall, Lincoln Road, between 16th and 17th Streets, Miami Beach (lincolnroadmall.com).
Leftovers? Don’t treat man’s best friend like an afterthought. Take Jacques Pupin out for alcohol-free libations, like barkaritas and muttinis, followed by sirloin and pasta, chicken and rice, or muttloaf. There are dessert options and brunch for lazy weekends.
Give Marley a day at the beach. Let him dip his paws in the water and catch some rays or waves — all on a leash, of course — at this spot of sand on Rickenbacker Causeway. It costs only the $1.50 toll to cross the bridge.
Virginia Key Beach, Rickenbacker Causeway, between William Powell Bridge and Miami Seaquarium, Key Biscayne (virginiakeybeachpark.net).
Take Hairy Bonds out to the ballgame for Bark at the Park. Benefiting the Humane Society of Greater Miami/Adopt-a-Pet and Humane Society of Broward County, the dog day of summer allows spectators of all furs to watch the Marlins pitch a (fingers crossed) no-hitter.
Finally, a place where Fifi doesn’t have to beg for a meal. At this burger and beer joint, pets nosh on homemade dog biscuits, chicken and rice, meatloaf, and local doggie beers (nonalcoholic, of course).
Local Burgers and Beer, 3190 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove (305-442-3377 or lokalmiami.com).