After we got back from camping at Deception Pass we had planned to take Gretel for her first overnight backpack. Instead we opted to stay in Seattle for a relaxing weekend and downtown Seattle with the dogs. We parked near the Pike Place Market and walked north to stroll Myrtle Edwards Waterfront Park and the Olympic Sculpture Garden. We also found out that the boat we saw from the ferry when we were heading to Deception Pass was docked in Seattle as part of Seafair’s Fleet Week and that we could tour it.
While wandering around downtown we inevitably got hungry and stopped in the first place we saw, the fish bar at Anthony’s Fish Bar on Pier 66.
They had a lot of outside seating to the side of the fish bar so we figured we could order our food and sneak the dogs into the outside seating area without anyone getting their panties in a bunch.
I was looking at the menu while trying to keep the dogs from entering the building and getting close to the counter.
To my surprise, a dude behind the counter asked if our dogs would like some water and poured some into a soup cup for us. While we were standing there deciding what we wanted to eat, and the thirst dogs were gulping their water, I saw two people walk up to the counter with small dogs under their arm and order.
Low and behold…..we had managed to discover one of Seattle’s unknown dog friendly restaurants. I had never heard of this restaurant as being pet friendly and sure enough – when I got home and searched the internet I couldn’t find any pet-friendly listings on it. We are pioneers! Ha, ha.
This restaurant is great if you get hungry when wandering downtown Seattle with your pooch. Well, if it is raining it may not be so great because the outside seating area wasn’t covered. There are a few seats inside but I would venture to guess that they wouldn’t allow you to sit in there with your dog. You also have to like fish 🙂
On sunny or overcast days the views of the Seattle waterfront and the Ferry Boat from their outside seating are great.
The food is your typical fish and chips bar serving fish and chips, clam chowder, fish tacos and the like. The parent, and attached restaurant, Anthony’s Home Port, is upper-scale and is supposed to have excellent seafood but I have never eaten there.
This was also our first official, sit-down dog-friendly dining experience. I have always been afraid to bring Chester and Gretel to a seating area where they are expected to sit still and quiet with food within sight, lots of people ogling over them and other dogs. They did really well though. We sat by the rope on the outside of the seating area and tied them to it. After a while I unhooked them and put them both in a chair. To my somewhat surprise, they just sat there.
This experience was so good I can’t wait to try taking them to another dog-friendly restaurant. Maybe we will try the infamous Norm’s Next.