Top Food Trucks for Chicago Dogs
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Along with Chicago, other cities around the country are jumping on the dog-friendly band — er, food — wagon. Looking for them in the Big Apple, for instance? Check our list of the top food trucks for dogs in New York City. We’ll bring you the 4 (paws)-1-1 on the top pooch food trucks in more cities soon.
Arrfscarf is Chicago’s first-ever food cart for dogs. The little red cart offers all-natural, preservative-free goodies baked fresh each week for Chicagoland pooches. As its Facebook page asks, “What other peanut butter treat can you smell through the box?”
The cart also sells artisanal ice cream with enticing flavors like tuna cranberry – yum!
In an interview with the A.V. Club, Arrfscarf owner Andreana Droz said she started the business as a way to honor the spirit of her dog, Suki, who had been struck and killed by a car. Although Suki was gone, Droz continued to bake her favorite treats, bringing them to work for her co-workers’ pooches. The treats were a huge hit. The demand for them grew just as the food-truck craze was taking off, inspiring Droz to start Arrfscarf and share Suki’s favorites with all the dogs of Chicago.
Droz told the A.V. club that the most asked-for treat is Maru Macaroons, which are made with coconut, cranberries, and that all-time doggie favorite, bacon. “They not only taste good, but are very pretty little confections,” she said.
Arrfscarf’s human-grade fare can even be enjoyed by people. “In fact, we have one client that buys treats every month, and she doesn’t even own a dog,” Droz said.
Look for the little red Arrfscarf cart all around Chicago, especially at promotional events and fundraisers. When the temperature drops, you’ll be able to find Arrfscarf at indoor events. For its latest itinerary, follow @arrfscarf on Twitter or check its Facebook page.
Fido to Go
The “gourmutt” Fido to Go food truck serves healthy treats like dog biscuits free of grains and gluten, and “Fi-Yo” (Fido Frozen Yogurt) with flavors that have huge pooch appeal — peanut butter, banana and (of course) bacon, for example.
“I always have dogs on my brain. I decided it would be a fun concept to bring together,” Fido to Go co-founder Tracy Werner told redeyechicago.com. Werner, who started the business with Donna Santucci earlier this year, also owns the Natural Pet Market in Wheaton, Ill. “The focus at my retail store is obviously health food, and we see dogs with allergy symptoms and tummy problems. Grains and glutens are not a natural part of a carnivore’s diet.”
Through the end of October, you can find the Fido to Go truck on Tuesdays through Sundays at Chicago’s dog parks, beaches and special events. It’s also available for private doggie parties. To keep up with its whereabouts, follow @fidotogo on Twitter or visit its Facebook page.