Connie & Ted’s. One of my fave restaurants. New England seafood classics like fish of the day, fish + chips, raw seafood bar and the best Manhattan chowder in town. Lots of room for your pup(s) with its huge grass-covered patio (converted from their parking lot). 8171 Santa Monica Blvd.
Croft Alley. Love this little hidden gem. This rustic spot is tucked away behind Alfred’s Coffee in a charming courtyard down some steps. Yummy breakfast, sandwiches and salads. After lunch, take a leisurely stroll with your pup down the enchanting Melrose Place. 8428 Melrose Pl. BTW, Croft Alley has another location in Beverly Hills, which I find more dog-friendly! It is larger and has plenty of outdoor tables and benches. 9433 Brighton Way.
AOC. If you’re on a no-carb diet… just forget it this week. Vanilla bean french toast, Spanish fried chicken & cornmeal waffles, grilled blueberry bread and lemon butter. That’s only brunch of course but you can’t go wrong with any of the plates by chef Suzanne Goin. The outside is even more gorgeous in the day; vine covered brick walls, trickling fountains, people-watching people’s outfits and LA’s entertainment chatter. 8700 W 3rd St.
Mauro’s Cafe at Ron Herman. Delicious Italian food served in a huge outdoor area (you can choose the shaded patio or the “garden” — their parking lots with cute tables and umbrellas) for lunch and shopping next door. My favorite dish is the spaghetti marinara and ask them to mix in some broccoli, spinach and peas — a delicious way to get your greens! 🙂 8112 Melrose Ave.
MILK. If you want the best ice cream sandwiches, sundaes and little cupcakes on the planet, hurry to MILK! Several silver tables and chairs are right outside so you can enjoy your treats with your pup in the sun. 7290 Beverly Blvd.
Sycamore Kitchen. This is one of my favorite brunch/lunch places in LA. Situated on La Brea Ave, right in between cute furniture boutiques, a fun rug store (great place to buy some Native-American inspired rugs, crystals and treasures) and trendy clothing stores. One of the best things about this cafe (besides the amazing food and desserts) is its large outdoor patio. It has a super relaxed vibe and v roomy. 143 S La Brea Ave.
Zinque. Airy, outdoor patio with a slick European vibe. They serve a pretty decent Happy Hour menu (4-6:30pm) with dishes like Deviled Eggs, flat breads (get the mushroom gruyere) and average price for a glass of wine is about $9. The dishes we tried were decadently savory and herb-y. Just how I like it! 8684 Melrose Ave.
Kreation. A SoCal staple: other locations are Venice, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Toluca Lake and Beverly Hills) Not only are the drinks and smoothie concoctions tasty and full of vitamins, the FOOD is great. They have great vegan options (Persian garden cucumber salad, six healthy whole wheat lavash wraps) plus some nice options for meat lovers too (chicken kabobs, braised short rib and more). The setting is just gorgeous with green grass turf, wood furniture and a bright forest feel. 8428 W 3rd St.
Strings of Life. Right down the street, you’ll find this super cute cafe tucked away (look for their bright yellow sign!). Founded by Australians, the menu offers a hearty breakfast burrito, brekkie sandwich, fresh salads, burgers + more. 609 N W Knoll Dr.
The Henry. Beautiful dining room includes huge outdoor patio with chic vibes. New American classics like truffle fries, shrimp cocktail and braised short rib. 120 N Robertson Blvd.