as told to Pam Bonsper
211 Crossraods Blvd., Carmel
Bistro 211 is more than dog friendly—it’s doggone dog inviting! Snuggled in the middle of the Crossroads at Highway One and Rio Road, this stylish bistro is the only restaurant I know that offers “Frisbee dining.”
I was immediately drawn to the water-filled Frisbee on the spacious outdoor patio, and giddy from the scents of assorted herbs decorating the tables. But what a surprise when I learned my meal would be made with the herbs and served in a Frisbee which I would be able to take home!
Velvet, our dog-inviting waitress and creator of Frisbee dining explained, “When I was a kid, my family took a Frisbee to the beach and we’d play with our dog, then fill it with water and use it as a dish. That’s where I got the idea.”
She handed me the doggie menu, which I took in my teeth and couldn’t destroy. It was an actual menu, which appealed to my canine sense of color—lots of blues and greens and pictures. (You guessed it . . . designed by Velvet!)
I began reading the “Doghouse Menu” while my mom and her friend flip-flopped between breakfast (cheese blintzes, huevos rancheros, and omelets) and lunch (goat cheese crepes, carpaccio appetizers, quesadillas, and gnocchi). I could tell by their “oohs and aahs” they were having a hard time deciding.
Nose deep in my menu, I was torn between “Shepherd’s” Pie (mashed potatoes and veggies), and the Fido Special (grilled chicken breast or burger patty). Then I saw “Bow Wow” Bistro Steak and suddenly bow wowed.
I heard a few bow wows from my mom when her vegan hot chocolate arrived in a mug the size of my water dish.
I was delighted when my Frisbee-laden plate arrived—the steak was fit for a canine queen. I enjoyed every mouthful.
“Let’s come next Wednesday to Doghouse Afternoon,” I heard Mom say in the car. (Between 2:30 and 5:00 everything on the Dog House Menu and the house wine and beer is half price.)
“And let’s come for dinner Thursday, Friday, or Saturday when there’s live music,” her friend said.
It all sounded great to me, but right now I had to convince them to stop at the beach and throw me my new Frisbee!