Little Black Pug Cafe Receives Toby’s Estate’s Local Legends Award for Queensland

Did you know that Mt Gravatt’s beloved Little Black Pug cafe has been named one of Toby’s Estate’s Local Legends in Queensland for 2023? 

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This cosy corner cafe, tucked away on a quiet street, beat out hundreds of worthy contenders across Queensland to claim this prestigious honour.

The story of this cafe is as unique as the couple behind it. This cosy corner cafe is owned by Louise and Josh Daly, university sweethearts turned husband and wife who share a deep passion for food and coffee.

Josh and Louise (Photo credit: Little Black Pug Cafe/Instagram)

Louise earned her degree in food science and introduced Josh to all kinds of gastronomic adventures over the years, from frog legs to black fungus. This bred an appreciation that led the couple to eventually leave science behind to pursue the hospitality industry.

Photo credit: Little Black Pug Cafe/Instagram

The cafe’s name has an especially heartwarming origin story. Louise had been toying with the idea of starting a macaron stall when she found inspiration one day simply admiring their precious rescue pug pup Bowie. It was obvious he was destined to be the muse for their family venture – thus, “Little Black Pug” was born long before the cafe itself!

Photo credit: Little Black Pug Cafe/Instagram

Now Little Black Pug has earned quite a following in Mount Gravatt for its scrumptious and diverse menu with options to satisfy gluten-free, vegan and all other dietary needs and preferences.

From the gluten-free donuts to the big vegan breakfast, it’s no wonder they took home this year’s Toby’s Estate Local Legends Award!

Photo credit: Little Black Pug Cafe/Instagram

More than the seasonal menu that keeps people lining up every weekend, it’s the sense of extended family. Having watched many relationships blossom from first dates to marriage, Louise and Joshua have an almost parental pride. They have seen countless babies go from strollers, to toddling around, to full blown dancing on tables. 

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So if you’re ever exploring Mount Gravatt, pop into Little Black Pug at 6/1297 Logan Rd. Sip Woolloomooloo blends from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday or 7:30-2:00 p.m. on Sundays. And if you spot Bowie or his new pal pug Mate roaming around for pats, consider your day made!

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Published 15-December-2023

Little Black Pug Cafe Elevates Your Pet’s Day Out to an Exact Science

Husband-and-wife team Louise and Josh Daly left their careers as scientists to combine their shared passions for good food, coffee, and dogs, to open Little Black Pug Cafe in Mt Gravatt, a community-focused cafe whose name pays homage to their two pugs, Bowie and Mate.

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Pet parents looking for a dog-friendly cafe will find that this unique cafe not only welcomes dogs with open arms, but also caters to them with their own special menu.

“Our backgrounds in science bring a different approach to our food and coffee. We love simple, tasty food, done with precision and care. We also care for the environment and aim to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as we can,” Louise shared.

Owners Little Black Pug
Owners Louise and Josh with their pugs

The menu caters to different diets with many gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan friendly options. It focuses on fresh, seasonal ingredients and caters to a variety of tastes and diets. For dogs, treats include grain-free beef and veggie meatballs, Peking duck wings, and chicken necks.

There are two dog-friendly dining areas – the Garden, accessible from the Berge St entrance, and the Front, accessible from Logan Rd. Your dog can even enjoy his own warm “puppyccino” made with frothy lactose-free milk.

For their human companions, menu options range from classic breakfast fare like croissants and eggs on toast to gourmet lunch and dinner choices. Burgers like the ‘Nicolas Cajun’ with housemade Cajun charcoal grilled chicken, fresh tomato, lettuce, and spicy aioli put a creative spin on cafe’s grub.

‘Mr Benedict Wafflebatch’ is an inventive take on eggs benedict, with a housemade savoury cheese waffle base topped with popcorn chicken, poached eggs, and hollandaise.

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With its dog-friendly vibe, creative menu, and passionate owners, Little Black Pug Cafe looks like the perfect spot for pet parents and their four-legged friends to grab a bite in Mt Gravatt. Leashes ready Brisbane – this cafe should be next on your list for an enjoyable meal for both humans and hounds alike!

Published 14 September 2023

5 Popular Cafes In and Around Mt Gravatt Where Dogs Are Always Welcome

Don’t want to leave your dog when you’re stepping out for a latte and a hearty breakfast? You can actually bring them to dine with you at these five popular dog-friendly cafes in and around Mt Gravatt. At these food establishments, furry four-legged customers are always welcome!

1. Badminton Brew

30 Badminton Street, Mount Gravatt East
Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., some days from 1:00 p.m.

Badminton Brew opened in 2014 to serve Australian, Italian and French breakfast fares, bread and pastries. They also offer handmade dog treats and puppychinos. The cafe has both indoor and outdoor seating and an ample parking area.

“Great casual local cafe. One of the hidden gems in Mt Gravatt East. Ample curbside parking, dog friendly, mix of indoor and outdoor seating. No air con. Coffee is traditional creamy style blend, low acid and good with milk. Good food options available also including savoury and sweet.”

~ John James, via Google Reviews
Photo Credit: Badminton Brew/Facebook

2. Kith ‘n’ Chow

96 Gaynesford St, Mount Gravatt
Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Kith ‘n’ Chow serves homemade peanut butter dog biscuits every day. The humans, on the other hand, can choose from an extensive menu that includes generous servings of breakfast choices — such fruits, yoghurts, eggs, bread and cold cuts — on a platter.  

“In short, amazing food and great service! Although busy at around 10 am on a Sunday, we were able to find good seats if we waited a little.  Ordered the platter for 2 which would satisfy 2 people quite well. Coffee is served from the store next door but was able to be brought into Kith ‘n’ Chow. Overall very happy with the place. PS. Dog-friendly, seen some very good dogs.”

~ Tommoivire, via Google Reviews
Photo Credit: Kith ‘n’ Chow/Facebook

3. Little Black Pug Cafe

6/1297 Logan Road Mount Gravatt
Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The owners of Little Black Pug Cafe are foodies who enjoy coffee and love their two black pugs. They offer Puppycino, peanut butter liver biscuits, doggie doughnuts made of carrots, bananas or coconuts, and dog ice cream. Look up their substantial food choices at their online menu.  

“Have been to this place twice now and I love it! Definitely will be my new local cafe for weekend breaky. The staff is so friendly and attentive. Love that it’s dog-friendly and very accommodating. Food is also delicious.”

~ Tyler Keown, via Google Reviews

4. Woofissimo Cafe

Shop 9B, 567 Kessels Road, MacGregor
Open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; 9:00 p.m. on weekends

Serving an array of dog treats like muffins and biscuits, this charming dog-friendly restaurant is filled with dog photos, figures and sculptures indoors. Woofissimo could easily be your furry pet’s favourite place for brunch, and yours, too!

“Friendly staffs and customer service. It will amaze you when the waiter brings the meal to you.  The foods are so delicious and very large portion. Very suitable for friends gathering and dog lover. They also provide dog menu.”

~ Hsin-Hua Chen, via Google Reviews
Photo Credit: Woofissimo Cafe & Restaurant/Facebook

5. Esher St Cafe & Deli

46 Esher Street, Tarragindi
Open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; earlier closing hours on weekdays

This is a family-friendly cafe with a spacious front seat area, a play area for the kids indoors, and a courtyard seating at the back. Bring along your furry pals for breakfast or brunch, too, as they are quite welcome to play and enjoy some treats at the Esher St Cafe.

“Dog-friendly front dining where I was able to sit and enjoy my weekend breaky with my puppy; fantastic coffee, friendly staff and generously sized meals that won’t leave you hungry that’s for sure! I had the Pas’s pie and my fiancé had the Italian eggs, both meals were hearty and perfect for this colder weather! I will definitely be back for more!”

~ Angelique Kotz, via Google Reviews
Photo Credit: Esher St Cafe & Deli/Facebook

The Newest Pooch-Friendly Cafe In Mt Gravatt: Little Black Pug Cafe

Cuddle cute pugs and bring your own pups to the Little Black Pug Cafe in Mt Gravatt. This cafe is inspired by what else? Pugs!

From Lab Coats to Aprons

Owned by married couple Louise and Josh Daly who are pug lovers, the cafe was named after their adorable black pugs, Bowie and Mate. The cafe had their grand opening on 5 May in conjunction with the Pugs SOS charity.

They’re not only about bringing the local community with the same interests, but Louise also has a passion for hospitality and good food.

What’s really interesting is the Dalys are into the sciences before they ventured into the food industry. Louise was in cytogenetics whilst Josh was a microbiologist.

Louise has always loved cooking and her original plan was to launch pastries such as macarons, however, she realised that a commercial kitchen would cost them a lot hence they settled in for a street cafe instead after convincing her husband to join her.

The couple decided to establish a dog-friendly cafe, which has an industrial touch in shades of black, white, wood and a touch of greenery and steel. As would be expected, the cafe is also adorned with pug decorations as well.

Photo credit: Little Black Pug Cafe / Facebook

Human Food

Their menu, aside from being amazing and extensive, are also dog-friendly allowing dog owners to feed their pooches whilst they eat as well.

Don’t miss out on their Nacho Imposter, crispy corn fritters, tomato relish, guacamole and sour cream.

You can also try out their Woofles which is cheese waffles with smoked ham or salmon, herbed cream cheese and 63-degree eggs.

They also offer smoothies and smoothie bowls.

Delicious sweet treats are also available along with Toby’s Estate coffee.

And Pup Food!

For the pooches, there is a pup menu that includes puppycinnos, sweet potato, liver, and doggy ice cream from Hugo’s Ice Creamery are just some of the dishes being offered.

Address: 6/1297 Logan Rd.