Are there any bars or eateries in Austin with covered patios, where you can enjoy a rainy day while having a meal? If they are dog friendly, that would be even better!
Guero's on South Congress has a small patio that allows dogs. Not the greatest Tex-Mex in town, but great people watching!
These venues have al fresco dining or bar menu service:
Don't know about the dogs, but I imagine this would be difficult at the better places.
Mansion on Judges Hill
South Congress Cafe
Shoal Creek Saloon
Dog and Duck
Juan in a Million, 2300 E Cesar Chavez - Nice covered patio, great variety of music, heavy plastic walls and space heaters for those cold days, open 7 days from 7am-3pm, probably not dog-friendly as only entrance is through restaurant but call 472-3872 and ask.
Ski Shores Waterfront Cafe on Lake Austin is dog friendly as long as they remain on the leash. Amazing burgers and good fries. Fried okra is yummy too and the pizzas aren't bad. I think there's something called the Border Burger that my whole family loves. Ski shores has a small covered patio but it is right on the lake so you might avoid if it's really stormy and I think they probably even shut down in heavy rain since the majority of seating is outside. It's a tiny place and usually crowded in the summer so be prepared to wait a little for your order if you go then. Right now they are most likely in off-season hours which are Thurs-Sunday.