Pet-Friendly Patio Review
by Michael Bell
On January 18 (the last gathering opportunity before quarantine and social distancing), the Friends of Midtown Mutts decided to visit a more established local eatery in the midtown area called The R&J Lounge and Supper Club.
This restaurant has a superb location at 320 NW 10th St., which enables the eatery to serve the midtown residents with a nostalgic 50s/60s flair. Chef Russ Johnson spent more than a year searching for inspiration to achieve the vintage menu appearance while simultaneously creating original menu options. The restaurant itself is a delightful environment. Although the primary dining area is small, it is relatively cozy and perfect for date nights.
The restaurant allows dogs on the patio, which is where we were seated and our review begins. The patio is fully enclosed and heated with a gas fireplace as well as overhead heating elements. The fireplace creates a warm and inviting atmosphere for most encounters. The waiter and waitress that served our group of 12 were very pleasant and accommodating. They immediately brought water bowls to the table for our furry friends and then made sure that each of us was well-tended to for the afternoon.
The bar is well stocked and served by bartenders that know how to make great drinks. They offer daily specials from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and all day on Mondays, with one of the more popular specials being a $5 Old Fashioned.
While the dogs themselves were playing meet and greet, we ordered our food to keep things moving along. Personally, I enjoyed a serving of the Bloody Mary Mussels with chorizo and an appetizer of Cheesy Crab Toast, both of which were delicious. I purchased a bowl of cocktail wieners for my dogs, Lancelot and Jake, who both approved.
After everyone tried the food and drinks, we began to relax a little by playing card games. One end of the table was playing a version of rummy while the other end played a French card game called Mille Bornes.
The restaurant’s atmosphere and tolerance of the dogs on the patio made for a very relaxing afternoon. The dogs seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves as did our group. With delicious food and an exceptionally accommodating wait staff, I would highly recommend this restaurant to any of my friends for a dog-friendly afternoon adventure. The dogs of Midtown Mutts gave it 5 out of 5 paws, and their human counterparts gave it a perfect score as well.
Friends of Midtown Mutts endorses this restaurant as a dog-friendly and accommodating environment.