3 Reasons Your Dog Can Help You Find The Best Brunch

Is it by way of nose? Is it their amazing intuition? Perhaps your dog is just a secret food critic who sneaks off while you are at work? Not quite… but close?

  1. Your dog makes you walk, which causes you to work up an appetite, which motivates you to scour the web for delicious brunch spots.
  2. Your dog has a more expansive network than you do. You walk down the street and people you pass will have no idea who you are, but they know your dog somehow…which furthers your suspicion that this pup is definitely sneaking out of the house when you are at work. In any case, asking your dog’s human friends for recommendations for brunch will usually lead to a great brunch spot.
  3. Your dog is just as picky about its groomer as you are with your hair stylist… so when your dog’s groomer moves locations you either find another groomer in a different location or follow the groomer to their new location. New locations = New Brunch Spots

For us it was number three that led us to the doors of The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry, NY. We have two dogs, a Schnauzer named Ollie and an English Bulldog named Lola.

::Cue adorable pictures of the pups::

Ollie Lola









We had been taking these two to Kim at Primp My Paws for quite a while when she was in Glendale, NY. I swear she has the patience of a saint because Ollie can be a pain in the neck and Lola doesn’t exactly like to be groomed.  Kim is not only great with our dogs, but she is great with a schnauzer cut. We had some bad experiences early on trying to get a good schnauzer cut for Ollie.

When we heard she was relocating the business to Dobbs Ferry I didn’t hesitate… we would be making the 45 minute drive out there every time they needed to be groomed… Okay I hesitated for like 5 seconds and then Ollie started barking at me.

On our last visit to see Kim we decided that we would go grab some food after dropping Ollie and Lola off… with a recommendation from Kim to try brunch at The Cookery, we were off.

Brunch at The Cookery is small plate style. They have an option for $35/ per person, which includes 3 plates + 1 dessert + 1 brunch cocktail, or you can order a la carte. Obviously we shared 6 plates and 2 desserts.

Here is what we ordered:

  • Biscuit & Belly (pork belly on a biscuit with fontina cheese, drizzled with maple syrup and I am pretty sure there was a touch of honey.)

Pork Belly

  • Crostino (perfectly toasted bread with creamy ricotta, truffle honey and thyme)


  • Egg in Purgatory (fried egg with a soft yolk on top of creamy polenta with melted cheese topped with tomato sauce)


  • Cider Doughnut French Toast (cider flavored French toast sitting in a puddle of syrup topped with a layer of sausage and a fried egg)

French Toast

  • Poutine (potatoes and cheese curds covered in pig gravy)


  • Egg in a Jar (a jar filled with a layer of cheddar polenta, a perfectly cooked egg with soft yolk and hollandaise sauce)

Egg Jar

… and for dessert:

  • Panna Cotta (panna cotta sprinkled with fruity pebbles)

Panna Cotta

  • Chocolate Polenta (a jar filled with chocolate polenta, graham cracker, and toasted marshmallow)

Choc Polenta

Everything was awesome!

So the next time you are trying to figure out where you should go to grab brunch, try looking to your dog for some help. If you don’t have a dog, try asking a friend who has a dog. Just don’t ask the dog directly… that’s a little weird.

Off to the next food adventure!


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