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FORGET Doggie Bags

Skip the middleman and try dog-friendly dining


Anyone who knows me knows I love food, especially eggs. So when I heard that South Kitchen + Spirits is offering a specialty menu just for dogs, my tail wagged so enthusiastically it created a tailwind … get it?

The Avondale eatery serves Southern standards—a savory selection that hounds will love to sink their canines into. These dishes were named for—and approved by—Chef Brian Siebenschuh’s own pack.

While it might seem a bit much to serve a sirloin strip to a schnauzer, I was particularly pleased to find a restaurant willing to throw dogs more than just the proverbial bone.

The standout entrée for me was the Annie Bowl ($1.50), scrambled eggs flavored with truffle oil. Every bit of deliciousness was devoured in three bites, and I admit to licking the bowl clean–there’s no shame in that! The friendly staff kept my water bowl and my belly filled with fresh water to wash it all down.

My ears perked up at the word ‘bologna,’ and though the bologna and pulled roast chicken are listed as small bites ($1), they can easily be fashioned into a meal.

On the heartier side, the raw bowls are barking amazing! The Riot Bowl ($4) is a healthy helping of diced raw steak paired with a raw egg. The same is true of the most popular dish, the Tank Bowl ($2). It’s a raw beef patty topped with a raw egg.

Humans need not be envious, though. South Kitchen serves tasty fare for two-legged diners, with starters, salads, sandwiches, burgers, entrées (with a seafood focus) and more family-style grub.

Do not miss The Yappy Hour—food and drink specials for humans from 3-6 p.m. daily, along with complimentary treats for canines–as it should be.

South Kitchen’s outdoor patio is one of the loveliest in Northeast Florida; it’s a great spot for dining whether you’re a dog or not. There’s plenty of space to gather ’round the fire pit or sprawl at a table with your pals.

Dining with dogs is a growing trend, so there’s no reason to feel awkward about breaking bread with your furry friend in public. And fortunately for those of who like to enjoy a nice day with their pets and a delicious meal, there are more great local eateries like South Kitchen + Spirits endeavoring to make sure canine companions can share a little something with their owners while dining.

Best part about dining with your dog? No cell phones–or leftovers-on the table.

Keep in mind that dogs, just like humans, can be allergic to certain foods. So always make sure you know your pooch can handle what you order so there’s no unexpected, um, gifts on the backseat on the ride home.

Bone appetite!

Davi the dachshund is still licking his chops.

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