Even in Santa Fe, there aren't that many places you can sit down for quality food and bring your non-service dog. Loyal Hound, operating on St. Michael's Drive since 2014, saw a niche and has built a steady following in that space. If you want to bring your own pooch, however, you'll miss the restaurant's casual, midsized dining room because you'll have to sit in the front patio area. After starting off with a house-made German-style soft-baked pretzel ($5), we ordered bison short rib nachos ($13) and Southern fried chicken and waffles ($15); a placid pit bull at a neighboring table eyed our dishes as our waitress set them down in front of us. The fried batter of the chicken soaked up the maple syrup, and was tasty stuffed alongside apple fennel cole slaw inside folded pieces of waffle like tacos. The bison meat was juicy and well-marinated, but there was so much of it that it felt like eating a pile of meat atop a heap of chips. Then again, my mutt Indy—who I regrettably didn't bring this time around—would have leapt at the chance to help me finish my meal.
730 St. Michael's Drive, 471-0440
Lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday