In San Francisco, California, fine dining has gone to the dogs.
The city boasts plenty of trendy, expensive restaurants. But at Dogue (rhymes with vogue), foodies experience something new.
The tasting menu costs $75. It comes with a fancy drink and multiple courses, such as chicken skin waffles and filet mignon steak tartare with quail egg. But diners don’t use forks or knives. They dive in mouth first, slobbering over plates and licking up every last bite.
By the way—it’s a restaurant for dogs.
Rahmi Massarweh is a classically trained chef and a dog owner. He once ran a fine dining restaurant, but that job came with lots of stress. So he decided to try something different: fine dining for canines.
Dogue’s customers must love pampering their pets. They purchase pricey pastries for their prized pups, or perhaps they order the multi-course “bone appetite” meal.
One customer treated her 11-year-old miniature dachshund to a bowl of mushroom soup. “I wanted to celebrate him. He is so special to me,” she says. “We’re foodies. I guess he is now too.”
Chef Massarweh spends hours preparing his canine menu. He uses the same ingredients a chef would serve to human customers. A similar menu at a restaurant for people could cost up to $500.
“Our pastries, for example, take about two days on average to make,” says Massarweh. “I know they’re going to be eaten in two seconds.”
Which raises the question: Why treat dogs to a bank-busting brunch if they don’t even take time to savor it? Wouldn’t your pup be just as jazzed about a bowl of Kibbles ’n Bits?
As some critics point out, you could buy five big burritos from a neighborhood taqueria for the same price as Dogue’s tasting menu. It seems wrong to spend $75 on dog treats while people struggle with poverty and homelessness just blocks away.
God calls us to steward creation well. That includes creature care. But God made humans, not animals, in His image. When we confuse the roles of humans and animals, absurdity ensues. Many of Dogue’s patrons think of their pets as “fur babies.” One customer refers to her dog as her “four-legged child.” But Jesus says a single human has far greater value than many animal creatures combined. (Luke 12:7)
“Honor the Lord with your wealth,” says Proverbs 3:9. People will disagree on exactly what that means. But if you’re dropping $75 on a single doggy dinner, might you be barking up the wrong tree?
Why? When people forget God’s ordering of value in His creation, it can lead to all manner of foolishness.
1st Comment EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Um, I'm not spending that much for my DOG to have a multiple course MEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!
Geez 2 much for dog food. get a big bag of dog food that will last half a year for the same price.
why spend so mucj?
Yep, I'm definitely not
Yep, I'm definitely not spending that much money on food for a dog that will be gone in mere seconds.
"Which raises the question:
"Which raises the question: Why treat dogs to a bank-busting brunch if they don’t even take time to savor it? Wouldn’t your pup be just as jazzed about a bowl of Kibbles ’n Bits?" Hi! It's me, Alex. I write this being an owner of two dogs for 3 years. Dogs are, like people, different then each other. Some breeds like to play, others hunt, and others, well, do nothing. I have 2 shih tzus, and despite their fancy reputation, my dogs can get quite wild sometimes, and this is due primarily to the fact that they are a boy and girl- and that they aren't fixed. Without further ado, let me tell you something- my dogs are food lovers. However, they won't eat any food-well, the boy does-sometimes. If we want them to eat their kibble, we better coat it in a juicy, stick, oily gravy that smells like, uhm...I don't even want to deal with it. And, every time we give them a treat, they literally refuse to eat it, unless, of course, we give it to them just so. In terms of "people food", it can be worse.
like yesterday, for instance, I couldn't finish my yogurt, so I offered it to the dogs. Well, my boy dog, he eats it, and my female princess one-didn't. Long story short, I am NOT taking my dogs to this cafe- because they'll never eat dog food again. And oh, where do they go to the bathroom at that cafe? Maybe the floor. Maybe the couch. Maybe even the table.
Nope, I am not going to spend
Nope, I am not going to spend a ridiculous amount of money on gourmet dog food that will be gone is seconds.
I think its cute and nice we
I think its cute and nice we eat food that is more money then 75$ you guy sound like you dont like dogs.
that or your mean to your dogs.
I would do it for my dog any day.
A similar menu at a restaurant for people could cost up to $500. This was right in the article
So it was cheap compared to people.
Replying to "Soo"
Obv not. Do you know what $500 means? :/
Dogs are awesome!!!
A restaurant for dogs, that's crazy. Why would anyone spend that much on on dog meal? I know that there are dog people like me, but I would never spend that much on a meal for my dog. One bag of dog food would last a lot longer for about the same price.
I love my dog and so sometimes I'll make some homemade treats for her, but I would never in my life go spend $75 to take her to a restaurant to eat. That just seems crazy.
I also don't understand this: This guy used to work in a restaurant but decided it was too stressful, so opened a restaurant for dogs and makes things that take two days to make to be eaten in seconds? That doesn't seem any less stressful....
P.S. It's California. What do you expect? ;)
I don't know why somebody would spend so much on a dog, unless your a millionaire or something. There's a cute little groomer shop down the road for dogs,and they have the almost EXACT treats for dogs. The idea is funny,but i don't know if anybody's gonna spend THAT much on their dog.
I love my dog, but that much
I love my dog, but that much for a dog's meal is crazy!