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The NAIT guide to dog-friendly patios in Edmonton

Bring the pooch along on your next patio visit!

You love enjoying snacks and drinks in the sunshine on a great Edmonton-restaurant patio. And you love hanging out with your proverbial best friend.

If only there were some way that you could do both at once ...

There is! Some local restaurants and bars have gone to the dogs in a good way, and your canine buddy is welcome to lounge about with you. Here's a list of local spots that feature the talent and creativity of NAIT grads.

11248 - 104 Ave.

Chef Paul Gareau (Cook '09)

Bring the sports pub home in the form of an all-star lineup that includes wings, burgers, pretzels and more, as well as a kids' menu.

10363 - 104 St.

Chef Ellen Mitchell (Cooking '15)

Located in the heart of the arena district, Baijiu serves contemporary Asian-inspired dishes (Sichuan confit chicken, for example, or a whole fried ocean perch) alongside a lengthy list of original cocktails.


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9570 - 76 Ave., Suite 101

Head chef Christine Sanford (Culinary Arts '07)
Chef Lindsay James (Cooking '15)

Located in the Ritchie Market, Biera is a neighbourhood restaurant that pairs plates for sharing with beer brewed on site. Instead of burgers or wings, you'll find charred cornichons with leek oil and dip, candied radicchio, and much more.

Café Bicyclette
8627 - 91 St.

Chef John Lau (Culinary Arts '05)

Café Bicyclette brings an authentic French menu to Edmonton diners – even the text is in French! The pup-friendly patio is a year-round hot spot in the city's French Quarter.

10190 - 104 St.

Owner Jake (Eunsa) Lee (Culinary Arts '06)
Head chef Karl MacKinnon (Cooking '14)
Sous chef Shariff Rajpar (Culinary Arts '17)
Head pastry chef Gaby Luk (Baking '11)

DOSC is a seamless blend of a craft steakhouse, cocktail bar and artisan cafe. The dinner menu features fresh and vibrant flavours with locally sourced Alberta beef as well as Japanese Wagyu. The brunch menu features a unique cocktail lineup, and there's even artisan coffee and an in-house bakery.

Fleisch Delikatessen
8210 - 106 Ave.

Owners Kimberly Der (Interior Design Technology '07) and Katy Ingraham (Dental Assisting '07)

Fleisch is where convenience, quality and community intersect. Pick up a coffee, treat, snacks, drinks or housemade soft serve ice cream and enjoy it on the patio of this Forest Heights neighbourhood deli. Bonus: it’s dog-friendly and open late.

Green Ash Cafe
8903 - 83 Ave.

Head chef Michaella Sierpinski (Culinary Arts '15)

Green Ash Cafe is a cozy, converted house cafe in the Bonnie Doon neighbourhood that offers coffees, seasonal drinks, baked goods, comforting daily soups and freshly made meals. Chef Sierpinski creates twists on traditional comfort food (try the zucchini waffle grilled cheese). Find families taking a mid-bike lunch break with furry friends on their massive patio.

The Growlery Beer Co.
40 Airport Rd.

Owners Kevin Danard (Landscape Architectural Technology ’97) and Jeff Pollock (Business Administration - Finance ’95)

The Growlery joins the ever-expanding Alberta craft beer scene with small-batch beers made fresh onsite. Two core beers, a light kolsch and a bold IPA, are served alongside a revolving cast of seasonal brews.

Longroof Brewing
#104, 9916 - 72 Ave.

Co-owner and lead brewer Troy Wassill (Radio and Television Arts '96)

Back alley beers anyone? Longroof Brewing serves up "respectfully defiant traditional style ales & fresh experimentals” in the alley off 99 Street and 72 Avenue, an area quickly becoming a popular spot for independent breweries, restaurants and shops. Take advantage of the spacious patio (which features bike racks, too) while enjoying a Longroof flight. Grab growlers and howlers to go.

8216 - 104 St.

Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook ’04)

The Next Act Pub got a sibling with Meat, a smokehouse opened up right next door by McLaughlin and the ownership team. It's southside southern barbecue: brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, all featuring homemade sauces. And, of course, there's bourbon.

Odd Company Brewing
#105, 12021 - 102 Ave.

Head brewer Brett Geislinger (Radio and Television – Radio '08)

Located in the historic Oliver Exchange just west of downtown Edmonton, Odd Company has created a niche in the city's growing craft beer scene by taking an experimental approach to brewing. Rotating taps may feature anything from a hoppy sour to a white stout to "raw" ales. What does any of that mean? Stop by the taproom to find out.

The Next Act
8224 - 104 St.

Chef and co-owner Nathan McLaughlin (Cook Apprentice '04)

As the co-owner tasked with kitchen duties, McLaughlin has freshened up the pub grub concept by insisting everything be made in house, from the hamburger patties to the fish 'n' chips batter to imaginatively decadent desserts.

Rocky Mountain Icehouse
10516 Jasper Ave.

Chef Steven Koch (Cook '95)

Located in downtown Edmonton, Rocky Mountain Icehouse was among the city's leaders in pandemic outdoor dining, setting up a socially distanced patio that was outfitted with heaters and blankets. Test out their front patio in the summer while enjoying Alberta-influenced "southern comfort food," with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options.

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