It's often said that a dog is not only man's best friend, but is also one of the best judges of character. With this in mind, running your new love interest by your furry friend may not be a bad idea. Bringing your dog on your next date is probably something you didn't have in mind, but if both of you are dog lovers, why not go somewhere that's fun for both people and pets? Try out some of these Central Florida hangouts that give pups the OK.
Boston Coffeehouse12789 Waterford Lakes Parkway #1407-277-2220
Boston Coffeehouse is located near the Waterford Lakes shopping plaza. The shop offers an outside dining area ideal for those looking to enjoy a latte alongside their furry friend. This is ideal for those looking for a quieter, more intimate setting for a breakfast or lunch date. Choose anything from paninis, bagels and waffles to cakes, pies and grilled sandwiches.
Greek Flame Taverna 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd. 407-370-4624
Greek Flame Taverna is a good choice for lunch or dinner on the town. According to a review on the website BringFido.com, this restaurant allows pets to come enjoy a bite to eat with their owners. "They give our dog a bowl of water and our waiter has given our dog some gyro meat from the kitchen," an Orlando dog owner stated.
Venezia Bakery & Cafe13586 Village Park Drive, Suite 302407-851-1148
If both of you are morning people, or if you just want to go grab a pastry on a lazy Sunday morning, this Latin bakery sells bakery treats, coffee and sweets, and it's sweet enough to allow pets in both indoor and outdoor eating areas.
California Pizza Kitchen 695 N. Alafaya Trail407-384-5689
California Pizza Kitchen, or CPK, is good for for a casual daytime date. The food is authentic California-style and ranges from pasta and pizza to soups and salads. Well-behaved pets are welcome to sit with their owners in the outdoor seating area at CPK.
Panera Bread Alafaya location: 473 N. Alafaya Trail407-737-3011Lake Eola location: 227 N. Eola Drive407-481-1060
Another good choice for a casual daytime hangout, Panera — which offers everything from breads and pastries to paninis, salads and flatbreads — welcomes well-behaved pets at its outdoor seating areas in certain locations. Two pet-friendly Panera franchises are those located in Lake Eola and in the Waterford Lakes Town Center.
Taverna Opa 9101 International Drive407-351-8660
This Greek restaurant brings a taste of the Mediterranean to Orlando and offers nightly entertainment from Zorba and belly dancers, as well as a nightly happy hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Well-behaved pets are welcome to join their owners in the outdoor seating area at Taverna Opa.
New Smyrna Beach – Smyrna Dunes Park2995 N. Peninsula Drive386-423-3300
If you're leaning more toward a fun day in the sun with your date and the dogs, try Smyrna Dunes Park. Although New Smyrna Beach is about an hour away from Orlando, it's the nearest beach where dogs are welcome to join their owners on-leash. The park offers picnic pavilions, nature trails and more.