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Waco’s Pet-Friendly Businesses

Where furry friends are welcome

2 weeks ago

Waco’s pet friendly businesses

By Skylla Mumana

Having a furry friend is nothing short of a huge responsibility. As a pet owner myself, I think of my two dogs as family, and sometimes I find myself wishing I could take them with me when I leave the house. Luckily here in Waco, there are plenty of pet-friendly places that your pet can tag along to.

Street Dog Café

This East Waco bakery and coffee shop located at 406 Elm Ave. bakes all of their goods fresh each day and offers a diverse range of pastries and food items for customers to enjoy, such as their biscotti, breads, breakfast pizzas and quiches. The coffee is just as good as the treats, and their espresso bar offers everything from warm cappuccinos to matcha. Besides having a pet-friendly patio, Street Dog Cafe partners with local agencies to sponsor a dog each week. Their goal is to help foster dogs get placements or adopted into forever families. Safe to say this place will be perfect for you and your pet.

Freight Icehouse and Yardbar

This neighborhood bar located at 1613 James Ave. is a favorite for people and fidos alike. Located right off of I-35, this open-air bar was started by two dog-loving friends who wanted to share their love of music, games, food trucks and drinks with the community. Freight offers weekly events, such as Tequila Tuesday Trivia and Thursday College Nights, and the bar features daily specials. With a lush outdoor seating area, it’s the perfect spot for you and your leashed pet to lounge around. Freight is also known to be one of — if not the only — bar in Waco that has a fenced dog park inside the venue. The bar also has their annual Woofstock event where they invite dog lovers to bring their pets out for an evening of fun. The Humane Society of Central Texas also brings a few pets to the bar that are in need of adoption, and all proceeds from the event go directly towards their cause.

Milo All Day

Milo All Day located at 1020 Franklin Ave. whips up traditional dishes with a Southern twist, all curated by executive chef Corey McEntyre. Although this farm-to-table restaurant keeps its menu seasonal, it continuously serves big, bold flavors to the Waco public. McEntyre’s dishes are inspired by his “food memories,” leading him to create an array of fun dishes such as his Nashville hot chicken tacos, biscuit bread pudding French toast, among other things. If you want to include your pet in on the experience, then go over to Milo’s outdoor patio, which allows for leashed pets to hang out and enjoy the ambiance too.

The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill

The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, located at 511 S Eighth St.,offers great food, drinks and entertainment to the Waco community. As a live music bar, The Backyard is home to a variety of different artists and musicians across genres each week. The bar also serves classic bar dishes, such as shareable appetizers and baskets, plus a specialty drink menu that has a wide mix, such as their signature Fighting Cock Punch. The outdoor backyard complete with ambient lighting, comfortable seats and BBQ-style games is the perfect place to bring your leashed-pet. Enjoy a rockin’ show or a casual drink with your fluffy companion by your side at The Backyard.

Pinewood Roasters

As a coffee bar located at 2223 Austin Ave., Pinewood’s menu offers endless customization — from their globally-sourced coffee beans to their seasonal house-made syrups. The shop also has a rotating menu of local and specialty beers on tap and in cans, seltzers, organic wine and a to-go fridge where customers can create their own variety pack of drinks. Additionally, their vinyl and coffee package gives customers the opportunity to enjoy one of their signature coffee blends with a curated musical pairing. All leashed pets are welcome at Pinewood’s outside courtyard. Sit with friends and enjoy a cup of coffee or a nice glass of wine with your pet at Pinewood.

Waco Downtown Farmers Market

Launched in 2011, the Waco Downtown Farmers Market located at 500 Washington Ave., is home to vendors, live musicians and seasonal Handmade Markets each Saturday. You and your leashed pet are welcome to browse around and shop for fresh, local produce from farmers, or grab a quick bite from one of the many food trucks that stop by the market. From fresh honey courtesy of Busy Bees Honey to novelty quilts by Waco Threads to handcrafted dog treats by Audrey’s Pawstries, there’s plenty for you both to enjoy at this open-air market. If you’re in need of a pet, the Humane Society of Central Texas tables at the market as well.

Common Grounds

This Waco coffee shop located at 1123 S Eighth St., has been serving top notch coffee since 1994. The menu is full of a variety of delicious items for customers to choose from. Here, coffee lovers can find a home in their traditional espresso items, and those needing an extra boost in their day can look to their special Cowboy Coffee menu. Not only that, but their large back patio and breezeway are spaces that you and your leashed pet can hang out at. Enjoy your coffee with your pet by your side, or treat them to some music at one of the many performances and open mic nights that Common Grounds puts on.

Magnolia Market

One of Waco’s well-known spots to bring your furry friend, Magnolia Market, located at 601 Webster Ave., offers plenty of shopping for you to do, with each of their six shops having been curated by Joanna Gaines herself, and each has their own specific style. Leashed pets are welcomed to tag along and walk on the property and enjoy the ambiance as well.