Quite Fetching

Mutts Canine Cantina

Jessica Elliott
July 16, 2013

Mutts Canine Cantina, 2889 Cityplace West Blvd., 214.377.8723; muttscantina.com

In the doghouse is where you’ll want to be with Mutts Canine Cantina, Uptown’s dog park meets open-air restaurant. Set on the edge of two tree-filled acres of the former Hank Haney Golf Center, it’s a concept created by Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz (of Bowl & Barrel) and partner Jeremy Frazer. Pop by the flip-open window bar or take a seat at a yellow picnic table on the patio with your (leashed) pooch and order off the menu. At breakfast, try tacos or Hypnotic Donuts; for lunch and dinner, choose a cocktail, wine or local on-tap brew, then nosh on burgers made with grass-fed, hormone-free beef or Nathan’s Famous beef hot dogs. Furry friends roam free in the adjacent, attendant-supervised park, where a $4.95 daily or $9.95 monthly fee — thankfully — covers waste removal. Step in yourself and play catch and order a drink from one of the roaming servers. “Dogs have a funny way of connecting people and breaking the ice,” Noonan says. “I would really like to see a sense of community built here.”