Drive-Thru Restaurants with Dog-Friendly Menus

Just because I love dogs and we all need to take our furry friends on an outing from time-to-time. Here is a great piece from TripsWithPets.com.

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Running out to grab a bite or a latte but don’t want to leave your sweet pooch behind? With an increasing number of restaurant drive-thrus serving up dog-friendly menu items, you don’t have to! While some restaurants display these items on their menu, others have doggie items that are kept on the “down-low” (sorta), so you’ll have to ask for them when you order.

So pack up your pooch and check out some of these drive-thru favorites!


If your dog loves car rides and eating (um, really?), he’ll surely love to dine at Sonic, the ultimate drive-in restaurant. Many of their locations offer doggy treats. But better yet, order a burger or grilled chicken sandwich (plain, no bun) for your furry sidekick.

In-N-Out Burger

This burger chain has been serving up tasty morsels since 1948 and it was California’s first drive-thru hamburger stand! People and pups love their burgers. In-N-Out offers their special “Puppy Patty” – which is an unseasoned burger, served in their signature doggy bags.


Since 1964 Chick-fil-A has been the home of the original chicken sandwich. And what pup doesn’t love chicken? Swing by and grab an order of grilled chicken nuggets for your pooch and maybe a delicious chicken wrap for you! Plus, some of their locations offer free doggie treats, so be sure to ask.

Starbucks (a.k.a. Starbarks)

For when you need a morning eye-opener or an afternoon pick-me-up! Roll up to Starbucks with your little fluffer and grab a latte for you and treat your pup to a “Puppuccino”. In case you didn’t know, a puppuccino is light whipped cream served in a small cup.

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Shake Shack

Technically not a drive-thru, but their “order ahead” service makes it a quick and easy grab and go! Plus, with their special doggie menu, we just had to include them! Shake Shack offers pups 2 menu items. “Bag O’Bones” is a doggy bag of 5 ShackBurger dog biscuits made by Bocce’s Bakery. “Pooch-ini” includes ShackBurger dog biscuits with peanut butter sauce and vanilla custard.


Yes, their service is pretty darn quick, BUT, PDQ actually stands for People Dedicated to Quality! Their fresh (never frozen) chicken has no added hormones or steroids. This drive-thru restaurant is the perfect place to pick-up some grilled chicken tenders for your pampered pooch.

Dunkin’ (a.k.a.) Dunkin Donuts

Dunkin’ serves up a lot more than donuts and breakfast sandwiches these days. Their new(ish) selection of barista items is quite impressive. So drive up and buy yourself an almond milk caramel macchiato, and get your furkid a “Puppy Latte”! A puppy latte is light whipped cream in a small cup.

Dairy Queen

Since 1940, Dairy Queen has been helping soft serve ice cream lovers get their fix! DQ features a walk-up window to order, so although they are not a drive-thru, you and your dog can both hop out to place your order. DQ loves its loyal customers and that includes the furry ones! It shows them some love with DQ “Pup Cups” — a small cup of soft serve vanilla.

Mickey D’s, BK, and Wendy’s

McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s, are also popular drive-thru restaurants among pet parents. A plain burger or grilled chicken might be good options for your pup…or perhaps a couple licks of your soft serve vanilla.

Always be mindful of your dog’s diet. Too much of a “good” thing might not bode well for your fluffer’s little tummy – particularly dairy products and greasy items. Check with your vet if you are unsure about feeding your dog something new.

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With all the dog-friendly options out there, next time you do drive- thru, be sure to include your four-legged family member!

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