Thirsty Dog Tavern

They say it's best to not give dogs people food, because they'll start begging for more at the dinner table, and totally ignore their Kibbles 'n Bits. And Bits. And Bits. Ruining your pooch for you, Thirsty Dog Tavern

Opening for dinner Thursday night in the former VITA space, Thirsty Dog will fill you with low-cost food and suds, and also welcomes and serves up a specialized menu for canines on a outdoor patio for pets & owners to dine together; or, ditch Scraps and head inside for 15 50" flatscreens, beer signage, a brick-walled game room w/ two beer pong tables, and a wooden U-shaped bar backed by a 100-year-old mirror, which the bartender will stare into when you give him a large bill and ask him to make that...change! Get started with homemade chips topped w/ Gorgonzola or house-made meats like Italian sausage w/ peppers in marinara, or ground beef/sausage/veal/Parmesan meatballs; they've also got sammies like an oyster po-boy, burgers, and the grilled beef "New York" dog, all of which you can top with sauteed onions, 'shrooms, and sauces like Fra Diavolo -- Italian for "Brother Devil", the third Smother who for whatever reason, didn't fit in with their family act. They've also got dinners like veal piccata, Mediterranean garlic Angus filet, and Salmon Romanesco; for Fido, it's stuff like doggie-sized burgers, hot dogs, and steak filets, and you can also bring him on weekdays at 5pm for free treats at "Milk Bone Happy Hour", also an activity engaged in by lonely housewives that explains why you look nothing like your father, but have such strong bones

Starting next week, hit their weekend brunch for stuff like chicken frittatas and omelettes; 'til then, the bar'll keep you full of wines like Wente Sandstone and drafts ranging from Chimay Blue Label to Harp -- the very instrument you get to play if your soul is Purina.