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Restaurant Review: The Forge in the Forest

With the unusually nice weather lately, Steven and I decided that we should take another trip down to Carmel. It was easily one of the most beautiful days we had ever seen down there. Shelby whined most of the way down, but brightened up when we got there. Our first stop was Diggity Dog to pick up their list of pet friendly restaurants and lodging. One of the restaurants, The Forge in the Forest, actually has a menu for dogs.

The restaurant is very quaint, with a lovely outdoor eating area in the front. We were told that the wait would be about 15mins, and it was more like 30mins. We were thirsty while we were waiting, so Steven bought a glass of wine and an iced tea. We sat in the front patio waiting for a table to open up when we were told that dogs were not allowed in the front. So here's Shelby sitting with us on the sidewalk. Guests with dogs eat in the private back patio, which is also nice, but that wasn't our expectation and Steven felt like a second class citizen. Despite being disappointed that we weren't going to be eating in the lovely front patio, the reason for such a policy became apparent when the Pomeranian in the corner started barking at another dog, leaving Steven and I to ponder why everytime we see a barking dog, it seems to be a Pom.

Service was friendly, but slow. It might have been that they didn't expect such a large crowd for a late lunch. This was our first time at this restaurant, so I'm not sure what's the norm. We ordered an artichoke for $8. Steven was appalled. Surely, he didn't just wait 30mins to pay 8 bucks for an artichoke that was grown 10 miles away from the restaurant. This was the equivalent of the 5 dollar milkshake in Pulp Fiction. It became obvious why the artichoke was so expensive after we bit into it. This is a good artichoke. It's soaked for 3 days in balsalmic vinegar, then grilled. Steven ordered a burger. I ordered a grilled eggplant sandwich. Portions were huge. We ordered Shelby an all beef Hot Diggity Dog for $3.95 which I'm sure made this Shelby's favorite restaurant of all time.

Other items on the doggy menu include:
Plain Ol' Kibble — $2.50
The Quarter Hounder — $4.95
Hen House Chicken Strips — $4.95
Good Dog, 8oz of grilled steak — $12.95
and milkbone Bonies — Free, though we passed since Shelby was already eating her weight in hot dogs.

With some many other dog friendly restaurants in Carmel, it's hard to say if we'll definitely be back. There's a lot to explore. But it was certainly worth a first try (if only for the artichoke), and Shelby loved it.

November 21, 2005 | Permalink


I'm sure if the folks at the restaurant had known that Shelby is a celebrity, they would have given her a steak for free!

Posted by: susie | Nov 21, 2005 6:32:03 AM

WOW! You Californians sure have the life! Here in northeast Ohio we're enjoying unseasonably nice weather, while holding our breath waiting for the next batch of snow!! Still, dining "alfresco" this time of year is out of the question!!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy your friends and families, and remember to give your puggies a plate too!!

Posted by: Lisa | Nov 21, 2005 11:08:27 AM

At least this restaurant allows pets to dine with their owners, but I understand your disappoint at not being seated at the front patio portion of the restaurant. I am sure you made Shelby very happy by providing her with a yummie meal and keeping her with you both at all times.
She was probably whining on the way to Carmel out of fear of the unknown, but once you all arrived, she got a wonderful
early Thanksgiving treat. Happy Holidays!

Posted by: Jade | Nov 21, 2005 2:39:43 PM

cute......hehe...i dont rlly know what to say...but...uh...she is just adorable....i've never seen a restuaunt where there's a dog menu....I live down here in Louisiana...if yall e-mail me i can tell ya a lil bit more.....BYE-BYE YA'LL!!

Posted by: Bridget | Nov 22, 2005 3:27:39 PM

I know this is an old post, but if anyone happens to read it and knows of Dog Friendly restaraunts in the So Cal area I would be interested to know. Nice Pug, by the way!

Tom Kelly

Posted by: Tom Kelly | Aug 21, 2008 1:57:59 PM

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