Dog Friendly Dining: Cool Beans

30 Jun

This post is inspired by my favorite doggie blogs out there—According to Gus! If you like cute dogs, you definitely need to check out their site. Gus is one of the most handsome dogs out there (excluding Lincoln of course) and I visit their site on the regular to get my daily dose of cute. Plus we have a similar story to share-they recently quit their jobs and are traveling around the country exploring! One of my favorite features on their site is called Dog Friendly Dining. Even though a majority of the places they visit are  in Texas and the midwest, it’s fun to see different establishments that cater to dogs as well as humans. Plus, who wouldn’t want a dog like this at their restaurant?


Ah Gus, I heart you!

When Lincoln and I were driving back from Indianapolis, we stopped in Knoxville, Tennessee for lunch. Knoxville is home of University of Tennessee, I’ve wanted to stop there a few times before but never had the time to so what better time?

As any college town is in the summer time, Knoxville was a ghost town that afternoon. We  drove awhile for 10 minutes looking for a non chain establishment that had a patio and soon came across  Cool Beans


Bar and Grill? Sold. When I walked in, it was a bit gritty inside. Completely dark with a few people in it, I wasn’t really sure it was open or not. I walked up to the bar and asked them if I could bring Lincoln out on the patio and they said I could and I could even bring him inside if I wanted. Hmmm….dogs in a bar? Ok. I got Lincoln and we went to the patio because it just felt weird to have Lincoln in a bar with me and a little light never hurt either.

They have a pretty huge patio complete with a corn hole station to play.

They brought Lincoln a huge bowl of water which he ignored. Sometimes getting him to drink water is a task and a half. Most of the time I have to reach over, stick my finger in the water then he will come over to see what it’s all about and know that it’s safe to drink.

I ordered the cheeseburger and fries since it was the special of the day for $2.99, they also had $.35 wings on Sunday—I miss college town prices!

The burger was quite tasty. I’m not a huge fan of well done burgers but it hit the spot and I finished 3/4 of it while Lincoln had the remainder. He had been such a good boy in the car he deserved a little treat.

All in all, a solid spot to stop at if you’re in Knoxville with your pooch. The only thing that would have made it better was if I had a human co-pilot with me so I could enjoy a cold beer.

Even though we were in the shade Lincoln was a hot mess when we got back into the car

We walked out of Cool Beans for under $4, not too shabby! I’m happy we drove around for awhile instead of settling for a chain place that I can go to anytime.

What kind of blogs do you read? Do you read blogs focused on one subject or a variety? According to Gus mainly focuses on dogs and traveling and I love that it’s a different focus than most blogs I read. I read health focused ones but also frugal living and travel blogs.

10 Responses to “Dog Friendly Dining: Cool Beans”

  1. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    Awwww, I need to check out this site! I have an app on my phone that gives me dog-friendly hotels, and it’s been really helpful on roadtrips with the dogs.

  2. Gretchen @ Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen! June 30, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    So cuuuute. I will seriously go to dog-friendly restaurants for no reason other than that I can take Daxter with me. It kind of makes everything better, sharing your food with your dog. 🙂

  3. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons June 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    lolol he makes you test his water?! awwwww so cute an silly! Awesome that there are doggie friendly places out there! Think they’re ferret friendly too? ❤

  4. Amy @ Second City Randomness June 30, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    $2.99 for a burger and fries? Man… no wonder I ate like a king in college! lol

    It always looks so nice when you’re out and about. Seriously- I think the rain clouds run from you. :p

  5. terri June 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    i read any and every kind of blog! i love cooking, healthy eating, baking, crafts, travel, fashion…ummmm….the list is long!!! i wish i had more time to read more, there are so many fun ones out there!!!

    i love the dog friendly dining places. i have been dog sitting the girls dogs all week and every day we have went to a new place. our fav…bow wow beach!!

    anyway, i am excited as of saturday, i will FINALLY have my own 4 legged lil critter….a lovely lil goldendoodle!! i have not named him yet but i pick him up on saturday…i am going for either brody, colby, blakesley….( i love people names for animals!!) wish me luck!!!

  6. Juju June 30, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    I just love how you find these awesome places to eat, for under $4! I would of taken a doggy bag of those .35 cents wings.
    The blogs that I’ve been reading are mostly healthy living blogs, recipe blogs, and some other finds that I see on stumbleupon. I’ve gotta get in all my fun before going back to work on Tuesday! =]

  7. Amanda June 30, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    I love that Lincoln needs you to show him that the water is safe to drink. Too adorable!

    That is an incredible deal for a burger and fries! It’s so expensive to dine out here. That would cost $10-15 here!

  8. Amy at TheSceneFromMe June 30, 2011 at 9:43 pm #

    I’d have to be pretty brave to take my shar-pei Journey to a restaurant like that. She’s a terror usually in public! But my other one, Ripley, I could take anywhere, she’s so sweet. Gotta love the pet friendly places. I am going to check out that other blog you mentioned too, thanks!

  9. Vix @ LittleMissEverything July 1, 2011 at 4:41 am #

    Wow bargain burger and chips yum!

  10. diana@mymarblerye July 1, 2011 at 11:40 am #

    dude. that restaurant is made for you. dog friendly AND cheap? I wouldn’t eat there though..I would be scared of the dogs. 😦 I read REAL blogs. No marathon training housewives for me!!!

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