Tavern on the Tracks

Basil’s Favorite Things — Brunch!

Hello all! Happy Monday! Hope your weekend was fun and/or productive. Basil, Nate, the cats, and I spend this last couple days hanging out at home. My husband had a lot of work to do so it was laundry, snuggles, food, sleep, and repeat for Basil and I.

We missed out on, what is an almost every weekend occurrence, brunch. For todays B.F.T I’m going to share a few of our families favorite dog-friendly brunch spots. If you don’t do the occasional brunch in your city, you really should! Grab your dog, check the weather, and hit up Google to find a great restaurant with a comfortable patio.

Here in North Carolina there are a few places that we regularly haunt. Check out the list below and if you are in the area make sure to hit them up. Not only are they dog-friendly but food is amazing! Also, I’ll include a few hot Seattle brunch spots for our friends and followers out that way!

Brunch with Basil

The String Bean
106 N Main Street, Belmont, NC 28012
Saturday Brunch starts at 9am
Great friendly staff!

Nan & Byrons
1714 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203
Saturday & Sunday Brunch 10am to 3pm
Bottomless cocktails!

Tavern on the Tracks
1411 S Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28203
Saturday & Sunday Brunch starts at 10am
Order the wings! Great drink specials!

1 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Saturday & Sunday Brunch 10am to 3pm
100% Gluten Free menu!

King’s Hardware
5225 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107
Saturday & Sunday Brunch starts at noon
Dogs allowed inside and on the patio!
Best Burger in the World!!

2325 NW Market Street, Seattle, WA 98107
Saturday & Sunday Brunch starts at noon
Seat outside… Water views… Order a cocktail!

Mmmm brunch! I can’t wait for the weekend so we can go to brunch!

Also, keep an eye out for the upcoming Basil’s Brews, where we will be visiting a lot of North Carolina breweries. Basil’s such a booze hound!

Travel well, nap well, live well!

-Abbey & Basil

Woofstock 2013 and Tavern on the Tracks – Charlotte, NC


Hello! This last weekend Basil and I attended a great event call Woofstock! This was the 5th annual Woofstock and its put on by a local Great Dane rescue and the Blue Ridge Boxer rescue. Not only were we excited to check out the event for the first time but it was also at a venue in a neighborhood we have yet to check out, the southend. Just south of uptown this little neighbor had hip townhouses, a lot of boutique shops selling local wears and a pretty cool music venue call Amos Southend. This is where Woofstock was held. We were able to enter with a small $5 donation and with a quick ID check we were given our first drink free.

Once inside Basil lost his mind! So many dogs! As you know Boston terriers are my thing but I also love, love, love large dogs and this was for sure the place to be visit with some monster dogs. Great danes, mastiffs, greyhounds and one very sweet Irish wolfhound were among pugs, mutts and just a few Boston terriers. After a circle of the event we ran into a familiar face. Lola, a fellow Boston terrier of Charlotte meet-uper and her mom were also there.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

We made sure to check out all the booths inside and out and then we headed over to the silent auction. A ton of groups donated their time, goods and services to be auctioned off for charity. I was very happy to see that almost every item has one or more bid on it.

After making another circle to say goodbye to all our new friends we decided to head out and find some lunch. Lucky enough right next door was a sports bar with a large patio called Tavern on the Tracks. The moment we saw the waiters and waitresses we knew this spot was dog friendly. They were all wearing a tee-shirt with a large paw print on the back that said “Paws on  the Patio.” We grabbed a sit in the corner with a large umbrella and plenty of dog water and had a great lunch. Basil even enjoyed a little of my PBR. It almost felt like we were back in Seattle!BT&ATavern OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA BTonStairs

Overall Basil votes yes to both these places and recommend if you are in Charlotte to check out Tavern on the Tracks for good food and sports; especially if you are a Michigan fan. We also recommend checking out your own local dog events and donate to a rescue of your choice.

Travel well, Nap well, Live well!

-Abbey & Basil