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04/04/2013 10:57 am ET

Dog-Friendly Dining In D.C.: Arlington To Allow Dogs At Outdoor Restaurants

WASHINGTON -- Good news for Arlington dog owners: the city's health department now lets restaurants apply for a variance to allow dogs in outdoor dining areas.

This comes just months after the public health department reminded restaurants that non-service animals weren't allowed in any dining areas, ARLnow points out. At the time, Arlington County Department of Human Services spokesman Kurt Larrick said that "[t]he presence of animals would create a risk of people getting sick due to fecal contamination."

The policy reversal comes as D.C. gears up for warmer weather and outdoor dining season. As we wait to see which Arlington restaurants will offer dog-friendly dining, here are 10 places where pooches are already welcome:

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