The Dogtooth Bar & Grill is a Wildwood favorite with a year-round summertime feel.

Since it opened five years ago, owner Brendan Sciarra has emphasized a friendly approach.

"At the core, it is the personal elements of Dogtooth that makes it shine," Sciarra begins. "I was inspired to open the restaurant by my father's love of the ocean and store, Kona Surf Shop. I opened Dogtooth with the concept that we could offer an eclectic, yet relaxed, atmosphere for locals and tourists, alike."

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Dogtooth serves Asian, Mexican, and American fare, and there is live entertainment on the weekends, even in the winter.

But, perhaps the biggest draw is the full-of-life energy in the establishment.

"No matter when you stop in at the Dogtooth, you will always find the staff having fun while on the job," Sciarra says.

"We believe that smiles are contagious, and we never forget that our most valued commodity is our customer," he says. "We are so proud that we see customers over and over again - sometimes even in the same week. We definitely don't take that for granted."

Entertainment Interludes:

Fridays: Name That Tune, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19: Bob Croce, 9 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 26: Mike and Vince,

9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 10: Niki S., 9 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 17: Bob Croce, 9 p.m.

Be Our Guest:

In Three Words: Fun, Inspired, Surf.

Stellar Sips: Dogtooth offers plenty of signature cocktails and mixed drinks: be sure to try a Kona Cocktail, which includes rum, vodka, fresh juices, a splash of Sprite and Red Bull, or a Dog's Best Friend, which includes Captain Morgan rum, melon liqueur, triple sec and pineapple juice. Or sip a "Dessertini," such as the Mocha Cappuccini or the Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Martini.

Favorite Fare: "Our customers love and come back for many of our signature dishes," Sciarra says. "Our Dogtooth Tuna Bites, Volcano Shrimp, Avocado Eggrolls, Grouper sandwich and Jail Island salmon with goat cheese salad are among the favorites."

Happy As A Clam: Happy Hour at Dogtooth is 4 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays, with discounted drinks and menu items. Friday's Happy Hour is 4 to

7 p.m., with Reverse Happy Hour

11 p.m. to midnight. Saturday evenings also offer Reverse Happy Hour 11 p.m. to midnight.

Where Kids Are Cool: "We love our 'Little Dudes' at Dogtooth," Sciarra says. "Our 'Little Dudes' menu is fun, interactive and full of kid's favorite meals. Our staff all have kids of their own and understand that they are people, too!"

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