9 Best Food Trucks for Dogs in the US
From Alice’s Gourmet Wonderland in Irvine to Denver’s Bone Apétreat, there’s no shortage of pet-friendly options — or relevant puns.
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It’s not hard to see why legendary author Kurt Vonnegut once implied that if food trucks ever halted it would indicate the end of the world. They’re convenient, often unique, and usually affordable, offering the comfort of takeout with the communal exchange of dining out. It’s no wonder they’ve exploded to Beyonce-like levels of popularity because not unlike Queen B herself, food trucks have something for everyone — even dogs. Across the country, specialty dog food trucks are popping up to sell health-conscious goodies and give pet parents a place they can meet up, let their dogs socialize, and take pictures for Instagram (presumably). From Chicago to Los Angeles, here are nine dog food trucks you and your pup would be suited to sample.
1. The Seattle Barkery (Seattle, WA)
The Seattle Barkery launched their first dog food truck in 2014 with treats made from simple, natural, locally sourced ingredients. Now with two food trucks, a brick-and-mortar store, and a treat bar, the Barkery’s popular offerings include air-fried chicken hearts, cheezy donuts, and the Instagrammable Hound Dog Cake, which is a popular choice for a “gotcha day” party. Be sure to plan a visit with your dog to Marymoor Park — an incredible 40-acre off-leash park in Redmond where The Seattle Barkery’s original treat truck is — to indulge your pup with one of their enticing goodies.
2. WoofBowl (Los Angeles, CA)
At WoofBowl, you’ll find food truck staples like pizza, burgers, French fries, and beer, but with an unexpected twist — they’re all for dogs. At this Black- and veteran-owned dog food truck previously located in NYC, your dog can enjoy that authentic fast-food experience in a way that’s both dog-safe and nutritious. Their delightfully original treats, including grass-fed beef burgers and bone-broth “beer,” are made with sustainable, organic, humanely raised, human-grade ingredients.
3. Fido to Go (Chicago, IL)
Fido to Go’s “gourmutt food truck” in Chicago offers natural, healthy dog treats, including hand-crafted canine cookies and ice cream. Launched in 2011 as the first-ever dog treat truck, Fido recently expanded to Huntington Beach, Cali. Their dog-friendly menu includes grain- and gluten-free baked cookies, whole-wheat biscuits, and other frozen treats. Fido even has a selection of treats like beef liver bites and salmon steak niblets for curious cats.
4. Smart Cookie (Denver, CO)
Smart Cookie isn’t so much a treat truck as it is a tricycle, but the number of wheels won’t matter to your pup as much as the tasty treats inside. These treats are handmade in small batches without any fillers or additives. They sell everything from ethically raised, 100% USA rabbit jerky to soft and chewy trout treats. Smart Cookie’s treats are available nationwide, but you can only find their quirky ride in the Denver area.
5. Treat Waggin’ (Kansas City, MO)
Over in Kansas City, the Barkville Bakery’s treats are handmade with fresh, locally sourced ingredients through partnerships with local farms. You can find their cute sports-themed cookies, pupcakes, and cider donuts at the Treat Waggin’, which is roaming the Kansas City area, and in their brick-and-mortar store.
6. 4 Paws Pastries (Nashville, TN)
On the menu at 4 Paws Pastries, you’ll find stunning handmade treats prepared with human-grade foods. Your dog will be overwhelmed by the selection of upscale pastries and pupcakes with flavors like red velvet, banana honey, and apple pie. And they’ll love 4 Paws’ mouthwatering doggie donuts with yogurt glaze and their cooling pupsicles. Catch 4 Paws Pastries traveling around the Spring Hill and Nashville area.
7. Alice’s Gourmet Wonderland (Irvine, CA)
Follow your pup down the rabbit hole to this Alice and Wonderland-themed dog food truck. Enjoy froyo flavors like Mad Hatter (peanut butter and bananas) and The Queen of Hearts (strawberries and bananas), and a host of other all-natural jerkies and treats. You can even give your pup a wholesome “Eat Me” bone-shaped treat, though no promises about them changing size.
8. Homegrown Hounds (Dallas, TX)
Spoil your dog and help a pup in need with Homegrown Hound. Their Snackin Waggin truck raises funds and awareness for homeless pups around the Dallas Fort Worth area, donating 100% of their proceeds to Rescue 2 Rescue. Homegrown’s healthy gourmet treats are made fresh daily with human-grade ingredients. The menu includes hot dogs for dogs, veggie balls, and specially formulated homemade dog food for dogs with allergies or sensitive stomachs.
9. Bone Apétreat (Denver, CO)
Denver’s first dog food truck launched in January 2021. Bone Apétreat’s menu includes all-natural human-grade treats, frozen yogurt, and a variety of dog chews made free of chemicals. They also source other delicious treats from local Colorado bakeries. Plus, did we mention that they give out free whipped cream pup cups?
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Daniela Lopez is a digital media specialist and long-time contributor to The Bark.