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Vero Vine Top 9 Dog – Friendly Activities in Indian River County


Sick of having to leave your pooch at home? Treat them to a special day out with these top activities that your furry friend will love! Make sure to check out the local restaurants that allow you to dine with your doggo! 

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Vero Beach Dog Park

The use of Vero Beach Dog Park is a privilege and not a right. Please respect others using the area. Anyone in violation of these rules will be subject to removal from the park and/ or suspended from future use of the park.

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Dogs For Life

Dogs For Life specializes in training hearing dogs and mobility assistance dogs, as well as service dogs to help veterans ease the effects of post-traumatic stress.

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Sebastian Bark Park

Off-leash dog areas/dog park, provide a community setting in which people can gather and socialize.

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Beachside Dog Spa

Vero Beach’s only beachside doggy day spa for your pampered puppy! Providing a mind, body, spirit wellness experience, using organic products and love!

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Humane Society Dog Park

Anyone with an annual membership of $75.00 or more (or who has recently adopted a dog from us) enjoys the privileges of using our “Bow-Wow” Off Leash Dog Park.

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South Paw Canine Massage

South Paw provides canine therapy services in the convenience of your home or at one of our locations. Canine massage is a result driven Bodywork Therapy that deals with muscular issues and helps support conditions such as Arthritis and Hip Dysplasia and aims to see an improvement in your pet’s mobility within 1-3 sessions. It is suitable for all ages and breed of dog.

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Heathcote Botanical Gardens

Heathcote Botanical Gardens contains the largest public tropical bonsai collection in the U.S., featuring 100 bonsai trees on permanent display. Visit themed garden rooms including Palm & Cycad Walk, Herb Garden, Reflection Garden, tropical perennials, ferns, gingers, bromeliads, and native plants. Leashed pets are welcome throughout the gardens.

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Dog’s Life Daycare-Training

First, we all know how much you love your dogs. We too, have our own dogs that we love dearly. Rest assured we treat each of our doggie clients as if they were our own! We encourage dogs to be dogs and socialize all day long. We are an Open-Play facility which includes dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds that participate in the play and activities together. Picture a swimming pool full of kids playing with a lifeguard on duty! The dogs get to romp and play while a qualified, trained staff member makes sure they are safe and following the rules.

Blue Ribbon Boarding & Pet Grooming

Blue Ribbon Pet Grooming & Boarding is the perfect staycation for your pet. Hurricane resistant and qualified staff make sure your pet is happy.

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Dog – Friendly Restaurants

The Patio Seafood TavernRiverside CafeMulligan’s Beach HouseSammy’s Mediterranean CafeWaldo’s RestaurantCasey’s Place, Bamboo Patio at Costa d’Este, The Patio at Chive, The Barefoot Café, The Patio at The Kilted MermaidBungalow Bar

The Barefoot Cafe – Restaurant Review

by Thomas Miller – Food Blogger / Restaurant Critic for Vero Vine

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Once again I head back to historic downtown Vero Beach, this time to the arts district for another tasting at a cozy little cafe that has quite the following.  They are located off of 14th Avenue and in the Theatre Plaza.  Owners Steve and Lisa Horn are very passionate about serving great food at fair prices.  From breakfast items, to tasty soups, crisp salads, and freshly made wraps, they definitely have you covered no matter what you are hungry for.

I arrived downtown shortly before 10:30am and did not have a problem finding an open parking spot.  If you come later you might, as busy as this place was during my visit.  There are two cafe style tables out front if you wish to dine outside, or plenty of high tops and seating at the bar inside to sit and enjoy your meal.  As you enter the restaurant, you are instantly transported to the islands.   With large murals of tropical scenes, bright, colorful artwork and walls, a thatched roof over the bar seating area, and reggae music complete the laid back island atmosphere.


Lets dive right in and see what this place has to offer and what I had to eat and drink!


Southwest Chicken Chowder – ($3.25) – Lisa started me out with a couple of their homemade soups.  Steve makes these soups daily from scratch.  This chowder is loaded with chicken, peppers, onions, garlic and corn in a chicken stock base.  It has a nice blend of southwestern seasonings, yet is not spicy.  It was really good!


Bohemian Seafood Chowder – ($3.25) – The second soup I tried was this wonderful seafood chowder.  It has lobster, shrimp, dolphin (mahi), scallops, red potatoes, carrots, peppers, onions, and bacon in a tomato base.  Chock-full of seafood, this chowder is very hearty.  The tomato broth is rich and delicious, and the bacon gives it a slightly smoky flavor.


Tuscan Shrimp Wrap – ($9.50) – When Lisa said she was bringing out a wrap for me to try, I was not expecting something like this.  This wrap is made with shrimp (chicken also available), provolone and parmesan cheese, sun dried tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts, fresh spinach and basil.  The wrap is then grilled on a Panini press to melt the cheeses and bring all the flavors together.  The grilling also gives the tortilla a satisfying crunch when you bite into it.  The shrimp were perfectly cooked, the cheese was gooey and delicious.  The coleslaw was perfect, creamy and sweet, just the way I like it.


Meat and Potato Hoagie – ($9.95) – This sandwich is the Thursday special and it is fantastic!  Its made with thinly sliced beef sirloin, sharp white cheddar cheese, horseradish sauce, brown gravy, and served on a toasted hoagie roll,  finished off with potato sticks.  The sirloin was very tender and seasoned to perfection, and the sharp cheddar cheese was the perfect match for this sandwich.  Hiding in the back is some of the best potato salad I’ve ever tasted.  It’s one of their grandmother’s recipes and they would not share it with me no matter how much I begged them.  However I did learn a little secret of what makes it so good, but unfortunately I was sworn to secrecy and cannot share it with you.


Cajun Chicken Wrap – ($7.75) – Once pressed, these wraps are almost like a quesadilla that is just overloaded with ingredients!  This wrap has blackened chicken breast, grilled peppers & onions, pepper jack cheese, and calypso sauce.  It was nice and crunchy from being pressed, the chicken was moist and delicious, the pepper jack cheese added a little bit of heat, and the calypso sauce tasted similar to a chipotle sauce.  The macaroni salad is also made in house and is as good as the potato salad.  Here is an insider secret that I can share with you.  If you cannot decide between the potato or the macaroni salad, Lisa said they can split it and give you half of each with your sandwich.  Win-Win!


Pumpkin Pie Smoothie – ($4.25) –  The season for Pumpkin Spice everything is coming up and its starting a little bit early at The Barefoot Cafe!  Lisa makes her own pumpkin pie filling from scratch, then blends it with ice, and milk for this decadent treat!  Topped with whipped cream and a dusting of nutmeg the flavor was perfect, with just the right amount of sweetness.  I took mine to go and as the ice melted it only got better with each sip.

In Conclusion:

I definitely enjoyed my time at The Barefoot Cafe and had some really great food too.  Steve and Lisa are owners that care and put their heart and soul into what they make and serve every day.  If you become a regular here, they will definitely get to know you and address you by name when you come back.  Next time you are downtown stop by and see them.  Or better yet, make a special trip, I know you won’t be disappointed.

Have you tried The Barefoot Cafe?  What has your experience been with them?  Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts, or feel free to email me at thefoodguy@verovine.com with your questions or comments.

Atmosphere – 5 Forks

Service – 5 Forks

Food – 5 Forks

Ratings Scale Legend:

1 to 5 Forks – 1 Bad to 5 Excellent

The Barefoot Cafe Website

Theatre Plaza, 2036 14th Ave #100, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 3pm, Closed Saturday and Sunday

Delivery available downtown Vero for no extra charge.  Limited delivery available away from downtown for an 8% delivery fee on your order.  Call the restaurant to see if you fall within their delivery area.