Here in Austin, we love our dogs. It’s as much of a dog city as it is a music city, and there’s no better proof of that than the hundreds of dogs that grace Zilker with their presence each day. With dog lovers comes the insatiable market for dog-centric products and stores. Perhaps the best part of a dog-forward city is the creativity that produces the most amazing pet products — and what’s more Austin than a creative food menu? Here, we’ve rounded up some of Austin’s most creative dog treats and eats that any doggo is sure to wolf down — pun intended.
When it gets hot in Austin, everyone lines up for an ice cream cone or smoothie to help cool off. So, why not give that same delicious relief to your pup or cat? Local pet store and AFM Best Of 2020 winner, Paws on Chicon, offers soft serve and froyo for pets Friday to Sunday, and all other days the treat can be found in their freezer section. Flavor options include bacon, peanut butter, pumpkin, blueberry, banana and vanilla. You can find them on Chicon Street and a second location opening on South Congress.
You may know Barkin’ Creek as the go-to for locally handcrafted and quality-ensured dog meals, but now the company has branched out for its first foray into treats even cats can enjoy with two new products: Salmon Bark and Dog Bait. The Salmon Bark is sourced from the cold waters of Norway before it is dehydrated and hand-packed to provide a wealth of nutrients to your dog or cat. Meanwhile, the Dog Bait (still cat-friendly, too) brings the best flathead minnows from Arkansas to be dehydrated and hand-packed to ensure the natural nutrients go straight from the bag to your pet’s belly.
The Original Dog Treat Truck Company took the Austin icon of the food truck and dog-ified it! When you’re out and about, it’s hard to say no to these yummy-smelling food trucks — and now you can spoil your pup with a midday snack, too! Best known for their trademark Woof Waffles, these treats are designed to help keep your dog’s coat shiny and soft while also keeping their digestion regular. Grain-free, made from scratch and vegan, these waffles are sold in packs of four cute critter shapes.
When you take your pup to Yard Bar on Burnet Road, they can not only play hard but eat hard, too! Along with the doggy ice cream and treats on the dog-friendly menu, Yard Bar also offers a Meatball & Gravy dish just for Fido! This meal is made with ground turkey, brown rice, celery and carrots — making it healthy and delicious for man and woman’s best friend! Not to mention, it’s the perfect snack to recharge with after playing with all the other four-legged friends while the dog parent enjoys the people-friendly menu and drinks.
At Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming, each cookie is handcrafted, designed and decorated by hand. The local Woof Gang team is an impressive gang of culinary degree-holders and chefs that have worked at several top Austin restaurants. In honor of the March Fittest Dog Issue, the pastry chefs at Woof Gang put together these Austin-Fit-inspired treats. Made with oats, wheat flour, honey, vanilla and cinnamon, these fit treats are the perfect post-playtime snack!
As any Austinite knows, tacos and beer are the best combo since Willie Nelson and country music. So, why shouldn’t your dog get to join in on the delicious and iconic duo, too? With Dog Treat Delivery, you can make that happen with a Taco Tuesday box paired with a Cheers to Beers treat box. Not to mention there are plenty of other options for fun, creative treats like the PawPaw John’s Pizza box and custom smash cakes — all for your four-legged best friend. Dog Treat Delivery offers plenty of options for your dog or even as a gift for a dog-loving friend.
P & F Pet Provisions is the wonderland for pets — full of toys, accessories and more. Plus, it has a variety of baked goods offered on location that are sure to get your pup’s tail wagging. Every dog that walks through its doors is sure to be spoiled as the staff work hard to get to know each dog individually, from their allergies to their favorite toys. With cute baked treats like peanut butter cups and pupcakes that look like they should be in a people food bakery, your pup will feel pampered and satisfied.