Ask a Foodie: Are there any dog-friendly restaurant patios in the area?

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By: Geoff Lesar
glesar@flavor574.com

Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth

Whether grabbing a quick snack or sitting down for an al fresco meal, some people prefer the company of a “best friend” while dining out during the warmer months.

This week’s Ask a Foodie question inquired, “Are there any restaurant patios around the Elkhart/South Bend area that will let me bring my dog?”

Some restaurants choose not to allow dogs on their patios to avoid health code violations, but local health departments say the health risk of pets on any given patio is judged on a case-to-case basis.

“In general, we would say that live animals would be allowed in outdoor dining areas per the state’s Retail Food Establishment Sanitation Requirements,” wrote Ken Severson, media relations coordinator at the Indiana State Department of Health’s Office of Public Affairs. “The owner or operator of the business or property may have stricter policies.”

Severson also wrote that county and city ordinances could influence further restrictions, but neither Elkhart County nor St. Joseph County has any such ordinances. 

“It’s worded specifically to allow for situational interpretation,” said Karla Kreczmer, manager of environmental health at the Elkhart County Health Department. “We train staff to assess the risks of the situation.”

Several area restaurants do allow for pet dogs to accompany owners during outdoor dining. Many made a point of noting that dogs should be properly secured to a leash and not disrupt other diners.

Know of one we missed? Drop us a note at info@flavor574.com.

BarBici Italian Street Food
1233 N. Eddy St., South Bend
574-251-1330

Black Crow Coffee Cafe
224 S. Main St., Elkhart
269-357-1810
(Limited sidewalk seating.)

Cafe Navarre
101 N. Michigan St., South Bend
574-968-8101

Carmela’s at Macri’s
214 N. Niles Ave., South Bend
574-280-4824

Cerulean Restaurant
1101 E. Canal St., Winona Lake
574-269-1226

Chicory Cafe
105 E. Jefferson Blvd., South Bend
574-234-1141

The Chief
502 W. Lincoln Ave., Goshen
574-534-6410

Chipotle
5545 N. Main St., Mishawaka 
574-271-3353
(Eddy Street Commons location does not)

Chubby Trout
2730 Cassopolis St., Elkhart
574-264-5700

CJ’s Pub
236 S. Michigan St., South Bend
574-233-5981

The Electric Brew118 E. Washington St., Goshen
574-533-5990

Einstein Bros. Bagels
2019 South Bend Ave., South Bend
574-272-2622

Fiddler’s Hearth
127 N. Main St., South Bend
574-232-2853

Flippin’ Cow
51330 S.R. 19, Elkhart
574-266-0606

The Frog Tavern
1116 S. Harkless Dr., Syracuse
574-457-4324

Goshen Brewing Co.
315 W. Washington, St., Goshen
574-971-5324

Granite City Food & Brewery
6501 Grape Rd., Mishwaka
574-243-0900

Jimmy John’s 
5343 N. Main St., Mishawaka
54570 Ironwood Dr., South Bend
Erskine Village, 1290 E. Ireland Road, South Bend

Le Peep
127 S. Michigan St., South Bend
574-288-7337

Main Street Coffee House
105 N. Main St., Nappanee
574-773-5333

The Mark Dine & Tap
1234 N. Eddy St., South Bend
574-204-2767

McAlister’s Deli
1130 E. Angela Blvd., South Bend
574-232-8560

Northridge Pizzeria
422 S. Main St., Middlebury
574-825-2565

O’Rourke’s Public House
1044 E. Angela Blvd., South Bend
574-251-0355

Ricky’s Taqueria
57995 C.R. 9, Elkhart
574-389-7441

Simonton Lake Drive-In
51602 S.R. 19 N., Elkhart
574-264-6726

South Bend Brew Werks
216 S. Michigan St., South Bend
574-334-0356

South Bend Chocolate Cafe
122 S. Michigan St., South Bend
574-287-0725

South Side Soda Shop
1122 S. Main St., Goshen
574-534-3790

Starbucks
All Locations

Tippecanoe Place Restaurant
620 W. Washington St., South Bend
574-234-9077

Uptown Kitchen
7225 Heritage Square Dr. #208, Granger
574-968-3030

Venturi
123 E. Lincoln Ave., Goshen
574-485-2985

Woochi Japanese Fusion & Bar
123 W. Washington St., South Bend
574-289-2222

Zing Asian Fusion
206 N. Main St., Mishawaka
574-259-8888

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