$12 Hand-Cut Steak... for Fido

It has been over a year since I’ve been dogless, but during a recent stay at a Southern California hotel, a pet menu caught my eye. I wasn’t sure whether to laugh, to wonder whether some pet owners and hotel execs are off their rockers, or both. I decided on both.

The W Hollywood offers a regular room service menu for humans, but it also provides a separate menu for furry friends. Indulgent owners can order a $14 hand-cut prime chopped steak or a $12 wild king salmon steak for their canine and feline companions. This is Tinseltown, after all.

A little further south, at the Loews Coronado Bay in San Diego, guests can book the Dog Days of Summer package now through August 31st. Fido gets a Scooby Slider, described to me as “raw ground beef, rendered bacon (soft-chopped), large button mushrooms, pupparoni, and mild barbecue sauce.”

Kimpton Hotels also positions their accommodations as pet-friendly, with properties offering pet room service and special menus. Their Hotel Monaco in Seattle offers quiches and turkey meatloaf, and their Onyx Hotel in Boston touts both a special “pampered pet menu” and treats from the Polka Dog Bakery.

Can someone please explain why I'm suddenly hungry?


Cheryl Sternman Rule is a widely-published food writer and the voice behind the blog 5 Second Rule.




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