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Dog-Friendly Restaurant Charlie Wants a Burger Still Ruff Around the Edges

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The San Antonio Luau burger and sweet potato fries


Round two for food fared worse than the first. My friend was confounded by the mushroom gouda stack burger, finding the hearty slab of portabella atop the patty more than a handful. He spent the rest of the meal searching for the elusive gouda, which never materialized. I ordered a gigantic All American hot dog, tame in flavor and on the cool side of lukewarm. The temperature could be the fault of our server. Without the benefit of a giant dog to catch her eye this time (yes, the same waitress served both times, so this might be a personal problem for her rather than a personnel problem with the restaurant), our server was strictly attentive until the food orders were placed, after which point she got distracted although the restaurant was fairly empty. Well after we finished our meals we managed to flag her down for the check, which took another 20 minutes to process, at which point a torrential downpour had started.

Trudging three blocks in the rain to the closest city parking garage, I reflected on who this restaurant was meant to serve. Its valet-free location is too expensive and inconvenient for most locals, and how many tourists could possibly travel with their pups? Moreover, it seems dog-friendly in name only, every outreach to canines thwarted by health code. I expected better of the Paesanos Restaurant Group owners. What a drag.

Charlie Wants a Burger

223 Losoya,
(210) 227-0864,
charliewantsaburger.com
Best Bets The Local burger, sweet potato fries
Hours 7:30am-10pm, Sun-Thur, 7:30am-11pm, Fri-Sat Entree
Prices $6.95-$16.95
The Skinny Great … If you’re a tourist trapped on the River Walk with a small- to medium-sized dog, or a sweet potato fry connoisseur

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