Bring your pup to “Dog Days of Summer” at Café Botanica (MENUS)

Whether or not you use a fork, Dog Days of Summer at Cafe Botanica inside the Tucson Botanical Gardens are for everyone to enjoy

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It’s a garden party and your four-legged canines are invited, too.

Café Botanica, located inside the Tucson Botanical Gardens is offering a new menu for you and your dog from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. until Sunday, September 30.

The menu was crafted and inspired by the culinary traditions of the Sonoran desert and the high-desert of northern New Mexico.

In order to dine at Café Botanica, you must pay the Tucson Botanical Gardens’ admission or be a current member.

If your dog’s itching to get out of the house and try their special menu, you can bring your pooch in for $3 a day and $10 for any additional dog.

Daily admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children, and anyone under three years old is free. Members can also get in for free.

Dog Days of Summer Menu

  • Sweet Corn Bread Strata – mix of challa and corn bread, with custard, maple syrup, and fresh fruit ($13)
  • Famous Gallery Granola – seasonal fruits and organic vanilla yogurt ($11.50)
  • Huevos Rancheros – corn sopes topped with tepary beans, poached eggs, house-made ancho chile sauce, queso frescho, and escabeche ($13)
  • Botanica Benedict – house-made buiscit with smoke pork tenderloin, tomatoes, poached eggs, and tomatillo crema ($15)
  • Composed Greens – seasonal fruits, seeds, and vegetables ($14)
  • Bowl of Soup – rotating selection served a house-made roll ($8)
  • Apricot Glazed Chicken – with a bed of carrot crema and a seasonal green salad ($15)
  • Corn Pudding – with rajas, tomatillo crema, and a seasonal green salad ($14)
  • Hummus Board – with pita chips and their Sonoran take on a traditional Greek salad ($15)
  • Café Botanica Hamburger – with fried sweet potatoes ($15)

Doggie Menu

  • Hand-made Dog Biscuit – made with sweet potato, coconut, house-rendered lard, and fresh parsley ($2.50)
  • The Double Check Hamburger – classic hamburger with an option to add a raw or cooked free-range egg ($7) ($2 extra for an egg)
  • Chicken and Rice – Jasmine rice with chicken and its liver, gizzzard, and kidneys ($7) ($2 extra for an egg)

You can also make the memories permanent with a dog portrait for $10 a pose, or $15 for two poses, at 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. from Thursday, June 28 – Thursday, August 23.

Café Botanica is located inside Tucson Botanical Gardens at 2150 N. Alvernon Way.  For more Dog Days of Summer information, visit tucsonbotanical.org.

Matt Sterner is a journalist, novelist, loves films, and would like to think he's a filmmaker. When he's eating, he likes to talk with his mouth full and write about it.

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