Established in 1983. The cafe began in January, 1983 as a take-out coffee and muffin shop on the first floor of Judy Wicks' house at 3420 Sansom St. where the front half of the bar is today. The menu soon expanded to soup and sandwiches which were made in Judy's upstairs kitchen, and seating expanded to the back of the house where the first dining room is and into the second house, 3422 Sansom. Soon there was a charcoal grill out back where hot food was turned out and seats were added in the backyard where the porch was later built. Dishes were washed by hand in a sink in the corner of the large dining room. As winter approached, the outdoor grill was enclosed in plastic with a chimney and the chef wore a parka and boots. Waiters went through the basement to pick up the food. The next January, cold weather forced the closing of the outdoor kitchen... [read more at www.whitedog.com]. White Dog Cafe is nationally known for it's contemporary American menus, fashioned from the highest quality farm-fresh ingredients and humanely raised meats and poultry. Their menus change seasonally to capture the best locally grown, organic and sustainable foods.