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Pups and Pooches Welcome

Photo by Hayley Phillips
Photo by Hayley Phillips

The routine for leaving the house might go something like this: search for your second shoe, check for keys, phone, wallet, and make sure the lights are turned off. Then the worst moment happens: you make eye contact with your dog.

If they’re anything like my pooch, your pet has already accepted the fact that you’re leaving and they are not; however, they still reach down into their doggie souls and pull out their last bit of hope that you might change your mind. They look at you with huge eyes and an expression that screams, “PAHLEEASE take me!”

Now you have no excuse. A visit to Charleston, SC, means that Rover can rove with you. These pet-friendly restaurants are the places to begin:


Caribbean-influenced cuisine with a local twist, enjoy eating outside in the tropical patio with an indoor/outdoor bar. Go for Braised Pork Tacos and Fido won’t mind if you drop a little by accident.

Taco Boy

“Skip Siesta, Let’s Fiesta!” Bring your perro and walk into a styled version of Mexico serving up the best guacamole in town.

Poogan’s Porch

Named after the dog himself, dogs are allowed on the historical front porch of this old Southern home-turned-restaurant. Take porch sitting to a new level with Homemade Biscuits and She-Crab Soup.

39 Rue de Jean

Bonjour madame, monsieur, et le chien petit! Spend quality time with your pet on the side patio of this French restaurant, sipping on a glass of Chateau Roc de Segur and enjoying Steamed Mussels.

Queen Street Grocery

Located in a quiet neighborhood, this corner store restaurant has been a local’s spot for both neighbors and dogs for years. Sit outside and enjoy a sweet or savory crepe and complimentary treats for your dog.


Start your morning off right with a cuppa in the heart of downtown. In the afternoons you can also order a craft beer and listen to some live tunes with your pup in the courtyard.

Editor’s Note: Have a Southern pet-friendly resto you and your Rover enjoy? Show us by snapping a pic of you two and tagging #TLPpetfriendly