There is a 70-pound mutt living in our apartment home. Her name is Dulli and she is a 1/2 American Bulldog and 1/2 Pitbull rescue dog from the Stockton Animal Shelter. My boyfriend rescued her about 4 years ago. It is a heartwarming story. Dulli was very ready to be rescued. The shelter was going to put her to sleep the very next day! If you have met Dulli (she frequents Nick Diaz Academy, Delta Sculling Center, and Barkleyville Dog Park) you are aware of her everlasting sparkle, fast-wagging tail, and joie de vivre.
Dogs, and all animals for that matter, have a ton to teach us if we open our ears and our eyes. Dulli teaches me so much every day I am around her. She is a true service dog: she always brings positive vibes to everyone she encounters. And that is why we do our best to include Dulli in as many ‘human’ outings as possible!
Here are four local spots that are dog friendly that Dulli enjoys visiting:
Bob’s at the Marina (6639 Embarcadero Drive): If you have not stopped by Bob’s at Village West Marina & Resort, you should check it out. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the food is consistently impressive and delicious. Once you order your meal from the counter, you have the option of sitting indoors or outdoors. We always opt for the outdoor seating for two reasons: the stellar views of the Delta waterways and dogs are allowed. The omelettes are fluffy, the potatoes are crispy, and you can never go wrong with the pancake stack that fills a plate up, and then some.
cellardoor (29 N School Street): Ok, this is technically in Lodi, but the friendliness of the staff at this Michael David Winery & Van Ruiten tasting room is top notch. Tasting the wine portfolio from one of the Cellar Door ladies is always an uplifting experience (try the Inkblot if you like jammy, full bodied reds and you can never go wrong with their Freakshow vintages). Plus, they provide Dulli with a dog treat or two and unlimited bowls of water. Sip on some of the best wines from this region while your pup relaxes next to you inside at the bar or at a table on their outdoor patio.
Don Rafa’s Taco Shop (1248 E Miner Ave): Located just East of Downtown Stockton, Don Rafa’s has an incredible $1 steak taco plus some other outstanding Mexican food options. Order at the truck window, select your favorite salsas and sides, and take your pick of one of their outside picnic tables. The spice, the flavor, the location; Don Rafa’s is a great local outdoor dining spot where you can bring your pup in tow!
Casa Flores Brookside (3499 Brookside Rd): It does not come to a surprise to me that 2 out of 4 of the spots I mention on this list are of Mexican cuisine. I think Mexican has become a third of my diet since I moved to the Central Valley. With so many great options, I just cannot say no to a basket of tortilla chips and well-balanced salsa! Casa Flores Brookside has a nice side patio with several outdoor tables, chairs, and umbrellas. Whenever the weather is comfortable, this spot is a great place to dine with your dog. I enjoy their fish taco combo plate while Dulli dog relaxes on the ground, sunbathing, waiting for a few table scraps to come her way.
What are your favorite local spots to dine with your dog?