Woman enjoys an outdoor meal with her dogs close by

Our Top 10 picks for places to grab a bite while you’re out with your canine companions.

When it comes to the weekend and weeknights after work, we know your dogs have been waiting for their turn to have your time and attention. It can be hard to juggle a career, family, pets, and a social life. So why not combine a few of those things into one outing? Grab some friends, your pups, and a roll of poop bags and check out some of our favorite places to eat, drink, and be merry together.

1. Wolff’s Biergarten

895 Broadway Albany, NY + 165 Erie Boulevard Schenectady, NY (bonus location in Syracuse)

Biergarten in Albany

Wolff’s Biergarten describes itself as an authentic bierhaus and soccer sanctuary. Watch your favorite teams while clinking steins with your best mates and tossing back unlimited peanuts in this relaxed atmosphere that welcomes your pups both inside and outside at their many picnic tables. Pro tip: a soft muzzle might come in handy to keep your dog from eating all of the peanut shells on the floor.

2. Mr. Bumble’s Café

263 New Scotland Ave. Albany, NY

Mr Bumbles Cafe

Mr. Bumble’s Café offers the healthier side of a quick bite menu with options for keto-friendly, gluten-free, and any other dietary needs. A casual café with a laid-back atmosphere, reasonable prices, and an outdoor seating area for you and your dogs. Pro tip: bring your own lick mat and order the sliced apples and peanut butter from the “Snacks and Cheap Eats” menu and smear the PB on the lick mat and then stick the apples to the PB for your dog to enjoy.

3. Gershon’s Deli & Catering

Gershon's Deli & Caterers

1600 Union St. Schenectady, NY

Gershon’s Deli & Catering is “The Capital Region’s oldest and most award-winning NY style Deli.” For more than 60 years, Gershon’s has been a lunch favorite for Schenectady residents in search of traditional old-world sandwiches like hot pastrami, corned beef, chopped liver, triple deckers, and so much more! Enjoy their outdoor seating area on a beautiful day with your dog and bring a travel bowl for water to keep them hydrated.

4. Peddler’s Bar & Bistro

Peddlers Bar

16 Clifton Park Village Rd. Clifton Park, NY

If you love live music, DJs, and a lively atmosphere, then check out Peddler’s in Clifton Park just around the corner from the Benson’s Pet Center headquarters on Fire Rd. With their huge patio, generous portions, and tons of drink options, your pup will be happy to join you and your friends for a meal and a good time. Grab a puzzle toy to bring with you because we have a feeling you’ll be there soaking up the sun and fun for a while.

5. Dinosaur BBQ

Disnosaur BBQ in Troy

377 River St. Troy, NY

Located in the Historic Downtown Troy area, Dinosaur BBQ’s outdoor seating overlooks the Hudson River. Serving up drool-worthy barbeque with all the meat options you can think of, your vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free friends also have delicious things to choose from. Pro tip: Bring a life vest for your pup just in case they take a leap off the deck in pursuit of ducks or discarded fries.

6. Ted’s Fish Fry

(6 locations) 1186 Western Ave. Albany, NY, 203 Wolf Rd. Albany, NY, 447 3rd Ave. Watervliet, NY, 636 New Loudon Rd. Latham, NY, 700 Hoosick St. Troy, NY, 1663 US 9 Clifton Park, NY

Teds Fish Fry

A family tradition for more than 60 years, Ted’s Fish Fry has been delivering mouth-watering fish fry alongside salads, mini hotdogs, bacon burgers, fish tacos, and homemade soups from tried and true recipes that have been perfected over the years. Grab your food to go or bring your dog and dine outside one of their six family-owned locations. Pro tip: Bring along the fragrant cod skins for your pup to enjoy while you chow down on your fish fry.

7. Perfect Blend

Perfect Blend

376 Delaware Ave. Delmar, NY

The Perfect Blend in Delmar is the ideal place to grab a breakfast sandwich, coffee, and sweet treat with friends to catch up on the latest antics of everyone’s pets. Located at the distinct 5 Corners in Delmar, this café and bakery has lots of indoor and outdoor seating available. Make sure you bring a Canophera Coffee Wood Stick for your dog so they can enjoy the root of the magical bean we all love so much.

8. Cantina

Catina in Saratoga

408 Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY

When it comes to Mexican Cuisine, you absolutely cannot go wrong with Cantina on Broadway in Downtown Saratoga Springs. With a robust menu of delicious food options to go with all the Tequila and Mezcal varieties one could ask for, Cantina is sure to satisfy all of your south-of-the-border cravings. Bring along this avocado toy for your dog to chew on instead of the real thing. Did you know that (real) avocados are toxic to dogs? Isn’t that tragic? You’ll have to get an extra helping of guac to enjoy on their behalf.

9. Whitman Brewing Company

20 Lake Ave. Saratoga Springs, NY

Whitman Brewing in Saratoga

Located inside the old Saratogian newspaper building, Walt Café and Whitman Brewing Company is a hipster with a rescue dog’s dream. From craft brews to fresh Detroit-style pizzas in the brew hall, to breakfast, lunch, and café inspired cocktails in the café, Whitman Brewing Company has brought a whole new life to the once vacant historical building. Check out their patio with your pup and let them choose their brew at Benson’s to bring with you.

10. O’Toole’s Restaurant Pub

118 Quaker Rd. Queensbury, NY

O'Tools Cafe