In Austin, we really love our pets. And we want to take our dogs everywhere with us — hiking on the Greenbelt, shopping at the Domain, enjoying happy hour at our favorite restaurants. (We do, after all, have the most canine-friendly restaurants of any city in the U.S.)
Generally, when we're at one of those eateries, our furry friends aren't exactly enjoying the food with us. But Edible Austin, in partnership with Tito’s Handmade Vodka’s philanthropic program, Vodka for Dog People, is aiming to let our pets live large with the introduction next week of Austin's first ever Dog Restaurant Week. At a handful of local restaurants from Nov. 12-18, there will be a menu of fall-centric dishes for the pooches and vodka cocktails for us.
Spoil your four-legged friend with dishes that include beef sliders, pumpkin truffles and turkey fall feast garnished with fall vegetables. The dogs can even lap up a canine cocktail made of frozen bone broth. Plus, one dollar from every Tito’s Vodka cocktail sold at participating restaurants during Dog Restaurant Week will benefit a pet-related nonprofit. It's a total win: Your pooch gets treated like royalty while you drink for a good cause.
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Participating restaurants include both locations of Opal Divine's, which is donating proceeds form the Tito's Vodka cocktails to Blue Dog Rescue, and all three locations of Red's Porch on South Lamar, Braker Lane and in Round Rock, which are benefiting Classic Canines. Habana, on South Congress Avenue, is giving back to Bully Ranch.
Austin's apparently not alone in debuting a restaurant week just for dogs, as Chicago has had one, too. But you can bet ours will be pretty awesome — Austin has been decreed the best city in America to be a dog.
This post has been corrected to reflect that Edible Austin is the producer of the event.