Norm’s Eatery & Ale House

| April 21, 2011 | 8 Comments
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Norm's Eatery & Ale House - Seattle, WA

Norm's Eatery & Ale House - Seattle, WA

Amy and Cooper

Amy and Cooper

I am a lifelong dog owner (most of which were from the retriever breeds) and cannot resist the charms of a puppy. When a puppy named Zeus started coming into the office regularly with my co-worker, it was only a matter of time before taking the plunge and getting a second dog.

It didn’t hurt that Lorraine and Toni were at the helm of Misty Mountain Labradors and they had decided to place a nine-month-old boy in a family home. She sent over a photo with those big brown eyes and open-mouthed grin and we melted. Gingerbred Ain’t too Proud to Beg “Motown” was on his way to our home and to become an important member of our family.

Instant love all around and ease in slipping into our household ways, there was no question our new best-friend had arrived. We considered his call name, Motown, and realized as more laid-back dog owner types, we needed something that shortened wouldn’t sound like ‘no.’ So, after a walk, some brainstorming, and a long look at our handsome new family member, we felt Cooper suited both his personality and stance plus gave us lots of rhyming possibilities.

Our boy, Cooper, is often at the heart of our family and our plans. He has been there for the joyous times as a member of our wedding party, as the party animal at our housewarming in Queen Anne, and there for the tough moments as our rock playing with his ‘brother’ on a warm May day for the last time, and as my husband Jason’s physical therapy buddy during his long recovery from a broken leg. We definitely take him along whenever and wherever possible and that is going to be the heart of my column – out and about with the City Dog!

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Our lab, Cooper, is one of those labs who would like to always be walking the busiest streets of the city with passersby offering compliment after compliment. You can see him strike off into a strut after a kind word flows in and then more just keep coming.

He is a City Dog. He needs more than just ‘his people’ telling him how handsome he is and patting his head. He thrives on the fact that people in the bank, the pet store, at the park and those just walking down the street appreciate his good looks and charm.

In this column, I (one of Cooper’s people) will give you a little insight into the life of the city dog, in Seattle particularly. Stories of city life, reviews of pet friendly establishments, walking routes that offer both human and retriever recreation, and other items important to the well-maintained and adjusted city Labrador Retriever.

I will start with one of our favorite spots:

Norm’s Eatery & Ale House in Fremont
460 N 36th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 547-1417

A place where they love dogs and have created a dog-friendly environment to enjoy a meal and a pint. Dogs must be leashed and be good guests, this is mostly accomplished by self-policing in my experience. If your companion is having a bad day, it is time to go for a walk before settling in for a pint.

Cooper loves Norm’s and most of all the homemade potato chips (I have gotten to try one or two before the pooch begs them all off us). We often grab our friends and their dog and head out for trivia on Thursday nights or a Sunday afternoon brunch. The atmosphere for dog lovers is fantastic!

The food is tasty, reliable and affordable. Happy hour is a bargain on appetizers which include the fabulous turkey sliders. The caramelized onions and sauce make them sing. Another favorite are the wings – hot or mild – very satisfying. The lunch and dinner menu consists of soul-satisfying items like ‘big’ salads, turkey ruebens and meatloaf sandwiches. Brunch on the weekends provides the classic choices plus the lunch menu. The daily “doggie bowl” specials are usually really tasty. All in all, Norm’s offers good hearty pub fare served in generous portions. The wait staff is friendly even when crowded, quite commendable considering they have developed serious dog side-stepping skills.

The décor is all about dogs. But you can still watch the game or sit at the classic style bar. It is fairly crowded on the weekends and Thursday night it is jammed full. So, make sure you and your dog can handle the fun. We make sure Cooper has had a good walk or a trip to the park prior to heading to Norm’s.

It is a great place to be a dog – grab yours and head on down to Fremont for some time at Norm’s.

Category : City Pooch, Good Eats

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I am one of the founders and editor of Retriever Life. My passion is Labradors of all sizes and shapes but I am a big fan of all the retriever breeds.

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  1. Beatrice Ferguson says:

    I haven’t been there yet, but it sure sounds like a great place to go and have my Labradors, Daisy & Hannah with me. See you soon.

  2. Deborah says:

    Great article, look forward to seeing more!

  3. Irma Fox says:

    Little too late, but Ric and I were thinking we should of put an add on the LRCSC catalog regarding the Retriever Life. We did tell our friend Susie, and she was very excited to look into it!!

  4. Irma Fox says:

    I tell you Toni, I have to move to Washington!!
    Norm’s sounds like so much fun! We have far and few
    in Orange County. I think Cooper found himself a wonderful family. I love to hear stories on how people integrate their pets with every day activities.
    I wish I could take mine to work!!

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