A Place for a Pooch and a Pint, Not a Pooch with a Pint – Norm’s Eatery & Ale House
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
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.