In Mesquite, many local restaurants welcome dogs on their outdoor patios, and the weather here is temperate enough year-round that you’ll rarely find a day when it’s too cold to enjoy lunch or dinner in the great outdoors with your pup.
Mesquite BBQ has boasted some of the best barbecue in the state of Texas since it opened its doors in 1959. Its seven dog-friendly tables outside mean the toughest part of this outing will be resisting your dog’s puppy eyes as they stare at your food. There’s also the beloved local burger chain Burger Street, which has outdoor seating where dogs are welcome (and don’t miss the cinnamon apple pie). You’ll also find dog-friendly seating at several local chain establishments, including Panera Bread.
Fun Pet-Friendly Events and Activities
Mesquite offers a handful of events and activities that welcome dogs in attendance, so if you plan your visit when these are happening, you are guaranteed to have a lot of fun with your four-legged friend. Doggie Splash Day put on in August by Mesquite Parks and Rec, gives dogs and their owners an opportunity to cool down with a swim and participate in all kinds of contests from a pet swimsuit contest to a pet/owner lookalike contest, and more.
Plan your visit in December, when the holiday pet expo Deck the Paws comes to life at the Mesquite Convention Center. In addition to the classic Christmas activities, including portraits with Santa and shopping opportunities for the perfect pet gift, there’s an ugly sweater contest (prizes for human and canine participants) and an art station where your pup can create a masterpiece.
You can also relax and enjoy the many outdoor activities offered by Mesquite throughout the course of the year, including Movies in the Park over the summer, and outdoor concerts like Jazz Breaks every Tuesday in June or the free concert series Rockin Rhapsody put on by the Mesquite Arts Council. Dogs are welcome to all of these outdoor events.
Written by Emma Walker for Matcha in partnership with Mesquite CVB.