|The Lost Dog Cafe in Merrifield features sandwiches, pizza, pasta, milkshakes, and 350 kinds of beer.|
Just about everything in the new Lost Dog Café that opened in Merrifield Sept. 6—the paintings on the wall, hostess podium, logo—has a canine motif.
Some of the items on the menu even continue the dog theme: The onion rings are called “dog collars,” the pizza choices include “pit bull pie” (pastrami, ham, pepperoni, salami, red onions, jalapenos) and “pointer pie” (pine nuts, spinach, tomatoes, feta cheese), and there’s a “sunny dog salad.” For dessert, there’s a “bad dog a la mode” (chocolate fudge brownie with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge) and a “good dog a la mode” (the same with mint chocolate chip ice cream).
The dog theme started with the owners of the chain, Ross Underwood and Pam McAlwee, who founded the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation in 2001. The group holds pet adoption events every weekend at pet stores throughout Northern Virginia, including the PetSmart in Seven Corners. Brian Bullock, the manager of the new Lost Dog Café, says the foundation helps find homes for about 50 dogs and cats every week.
The new café (2729A Merrilee Drive, in the Halsted Square development near the Dunn Loring Metro station) is the fourth Lost Dog Café. The others are in north Arlington, south Arlington, and McLean.