Because allowing dogs and being dog-friendly isn't always the same thing.
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When it comes to outdoor eating and drinking in Dallas, it's pretty much an assumption that if there is a patio, it's pet-friendly. Although we hate the cliche that everything is bigger here, our lists of dog-approved places to grab drinks, brunch, or dinner is pretty extensive. There's no way, in fact, that one could actually name all such facilities in town, so instead here are highlights based on your pooch's personality.

Where to Eat

Try Mutt's Cantina, where your dog can roam off leash while you enjoy craft beer and casual eats. If you're a dog lover, it's as cool as it sounds. If your pup can manage to not steal all of the bocce balls, The Grove at Harwood is a prepster's paradise, offering dogs and humans alike the chance to drink while lounging on blankets or picnic tables. If your pup is rebel without a cause, The Truck Yard is a little less refined (in a great way). This junk yard-inspired outdoor bar is always packed with dogs, people, and food trucks.

Speaking of food, you can still score a solid meal in this town with man's best friend in tow. Cane Rosso White Rock has to top the list. After all, if your name means red dog in Italian, it's pretty much guaranteed that they're taking care of yours. The owner even founded a rescue group and holds a weekly Pups on the Patio to support the cause. New to the Dallas dining scene, Mudhen Meat & Greens at the Dallas Farmers Market has a patio that will have your pet thinking it's visiting a ranch in West Texas. If yours is particularly well behaved, dining at Taverna on the patio earns fido five stars if you manage to get through the meal without him stealing a piece of the delicious focaccia.

Where to Stay

Gone are the days when few hotels offered pet-friendly options. Most Dallas hotels offer you the option to bring your pet for an added few per night. Some hotels, however, are taking it above and beyond, making it easier than ever to offer luxurious accommodations for you. The Joule is well-known for being Dallas' most luxurious hotel to allow pets for no charge, and the staff is rumored to have a treat or two on hand. Hotel Lumen also gets a nod for allowing pets with no number or weight limit. The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Ritz Carlton, Omni Dallas Hotel, Hotel ZaZa, and W Dallas Victory all allow pets for a fee.

What to do

A dog on vacation in Dallas needs a place to play, and the parks here do not disappoint. Klyde Warren Park, for example, gives the city pup a chance to stretch his or her legs at this 5.2-acre green space atop the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. Just down the street, Griggs Park is a slightly more tranquil dog park in the heart of the State Thomas neighborhood. If your dog likes to fetch a ball or two in the water, head to White Rock Dog Park, which is fresh off of a million-dollar renovation and features a launch pad for swimming. Finally, make sure to drop by Lucky Dog Barkery to pick up a Chewy Vuitton. Because who said the great shopping in this city has to be limited to humans?

By Diana and Diana Oates