Lost Dog Cafe

March 2004 Dirt Cheap Eats

Dogs are the theme at this cozy cafe, where you're almost shoulder-to-shoulder with the people at the next table. A portion of what you pay helps owners Pam McAlwee and Ross Underwood fund a foundation that rescues and places lost animals.

For starters, try the Dog Collars, Tabasco-flavored onion rings for $3.25. The 50 sandwiches–they're huge–include the Healthy Dog ($5.25), warm pita with hummus and veggies, and the Fat Molly ($6.95), roasted red peppers, spinach, grilled chicken, mozzarella, feta, and basil in pita. You might share a pizza–the $13.95 white pizza is popular–to stay within your budget. The 34 toppings include oddities like pastrami. There are 300 different beers, $3.50 to $8, with a three-beer limit.