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Dining with Doggy by Carolyn Yeh

Whether it’s Sunday brunch, grabbing some beers and bar food, or a romantic night out with your non canine partner, bringing your fur-baby makes for creating more fulfilling memories exploring the LA foodie scene.

Backyard at the W Hotel – Fido’s Kitchen
Put this on your bucket list. Nestled in Westwood is a swanky brunch spot at the popular W hotel. Not only does it welcome pooches to dine with you on the patio, it even caters to them with a special all-natural dog menu featuring such items as Stella’s Mutt”za” Balls and Hank’s Apple Crunch Cakes.  You won’t be able to resist a blueberry scone and your dog will love the A-list treatment eating a tasty meal by your side. 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, CA

SQIRL
A go-to destination for breakfast in this town, lines snake out the door for their crowd-pleasing slices of brioche toast topped with handcrafted jam. The organic menu expands well beyond sweets – you can look to enjoy a lovely pasta dish or stellar daily specials, like scallop ceviche. Their freshly squeezed juices are worth getting too, with health boosting options like Turmeric Ginger Cold Buster. It’s certainly convenient that you can have all these tasty treats with your pup at your side in the patio, or at one of the tables in front of the shop. 720 N. Virgil Ave., Los Angeles, CA

Guisados (Echo Park)
Guisados sports a pretty sizeable patio with plenty of tables to snatch up for you and your pooch. You can leash pup to the railing, dash inside to order yourself a taco sampler, and someone will be kind enough to bring it out for you. 1261 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

Spring Street Bar
This dog-friendly downtown bar has a small outdoor patio where your dog can rest as you grab one of 26 craft beers on tap to wash down a delicious deli sandwich. With sporting events on TV and a fill liquor bar, show up early, grab a table on the patio and spend some time enjoying the afternoon breeze with your happy pup. 626-B S. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA

Golden Road Brewing
Few places offer a refuge to enjoy a few sudsy drinks with your best canine friend. At Golden Road Brewing you both will be happy to find a “Doggy Deck,” a fairly large area especially for dogs, complete with water bowls so both pets and owners will never be too far from their drink of choice. Sometimes a train will wail by, sometimes the dogs will bark in return, sometimes the television inside will have the hockey game on and you’ll catch the Kings winning a playoff game. Not a bad way to spend a sunny afternoon. 5410 W. San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA

Beer Belly
Beer Belly just finished construction on its patio thanks to a successful crowd-funded project on IndieGoGo, so you now can relax in front of the craft beer bar with your dog, leash in one hand, nice craft brew in the other. And while your pup probably won’t be too interested in your pint, best keep an eye on those duck fat fries. 532 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA

The Sycamore Kitchen
The Sycamore Kitchen is set back from busy La Brea Boulevard, behind a huge gate that acts as a room divider of sorts: Los Angeles on one side, serenity on the other. If you get lost on your way to the other side, just park somewhere between 1st and 2nd and follow the smell of bread. Or, maybe more likely, follow your dog following the smell of the eatery’s fantastic Double B-LTA. You’ll be led right into Sycamore Kitchen’s outdoor dining area, which is so luxuriously large and open that even the most persnickety pup (and person) can’t help but relax. 143 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, CA

Alcove Café & Bakery
It’s just so dang cute.  This café is “housed in two historic bungalows, surrounded by garden patios,” in which your dog can sit by your side waiting for a hand-out.  It’s really quite a lovely place for a date.  In the morning, choose from a variety of omelettes and crepes; at lunch, try a cheese tower for two, a salad, burger or wrap; in the evening, sip a refreshing cocktail with some lamb or tilapia sliders.  No matter what your cup of tea, Alcove Café will be your cup of tea—and Toto’s too.  1929 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA

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