Croft Alley. 8428 Melrose Pl. 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.
Hart & Hunter. 7950 Melrose Ave. The first word that pops to mind when I think of Hart & Hunter… BISCUITS!!! Hot, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth amazingness. Hart & Hunter’s most popular item is undenyingly their Buttermilk Biscuits with condiments–the best $6 you’ll ever spend. AND on Brunch weekend, bottomless mimosas for only $15 per person! It’s the perfect place to spend a boozy, leisurely brunch. Located inside the Palihotel on Melrose (unfortunately, no dogs allowed to stay in the hotel), this is a place you have to try.
Fat Dog. 801 N Fairfax Ave. Pooch-themed cocktails (The Mutt, Off The Leash, Dirty Dog) and decor with a dog friendly patio. Right next door is Tailwaggers, a doggie retail store and groomers. Perfect spot to enjoy some great food and drinks without having to leave your pup at home! Happy hour is from 4-7pm (Mon-Fri).
AOC. 8700 W 3rd St. If you’re on a no-carb diet… WEAR YOUR FAT PANTS AND EAT THE CARBS. 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.
Kreation. 8428 W 3rd St. (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.
Little Next Door. 8142 W 3rd St. Gorgeous brasserie and wine bar on the ever-popular Third St and has a beautiful outdoor covered patio with a french twist. The decor and food is all french and is the perfect spot for a brunch with a lychee champagne and baked goodies. The highlights are the truffle fries, mussels and desserts.
Mauro’s at Fred Segal. 8112 Melrose Ave. Delicious italian food in a shaded patio 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! 🙂
MILK. 7290 Beverly Blvd. 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.
Sycamore Kitchen. 143 S La Brea Ave. 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 clothing boutiques. One of the best things about this cafe (besides the amazing food and desserts) is its large outdoor patio. It has a suuuper relaxed vibe and v roomy.
Zinque. 8684 Melrose Ave. Airy, outdoor patio with a slick European vibe. They serve a pretty decent Happy Hour menu (4-6:30pm) with dishes like Deviled Eggs ($5), flat breads ($9 – 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!