Now that we have a place in Downtown too, it’s time to explore all the dog-friendly here! From Chicas Tacos (with an airstream!) to Zinc in Arts District, there’s a variety of choices in this growing neighborhood.
Baco Mercat. 408 S Main St. Consistently on the list of Top Ten’s in Los Angeles by most foodies and magazines, this spot is located in the Old Bank District on 4th and Main, tucked in a corner with its delicious neighbors (Ledlow, KazuNori: Sugarfish’s sister’s restaurant). Spanish-inspired cuisine by Chef Jose Centeno and provides a great covered outdoor patio.
Faith & Flower. 705 W 9th St. What a gorgeous place in Downtown–spacious, rustic and romantic. There is a larger-than-normal outdoor patio that feels secluded, while in between the busy streets of DTLA. Walking distance to LA Live, FIDM & Staples Center, it’s a great place for Happy Hour ($1 oysters!) and small shared plates. It has a busy bar scene during the weekdays (after-work professionals come for Happy Hour) but if you prefer relaxed and quiet (me), go on the weekend. 🙂
LA Chapter. 930 S Broadway. Located in the fabulous historic Ace Hotel. A hip place for some slightly exotic-European dishes, yummy cocktails (try the Blood Orange mimosa!) and cute outside patio on the street.
The Pie Hole. 714 Traction Ave. I’m not a huge dessert person but I think I died and went to fatty McFat heaven–it’s where all the gluttenous die and go straight to the food aisle. I want to go there. And here, to the Pie Hole. At first I thought that green thing was Key Lime Pie but no! It’s GREEN TEA PIE. It was so light and airy, not too sweet–just the right amount. The other one is Chocolate Crostata–a brownie covered in pie crust topped with caramel and sea salt. I’ll meet you in fatty McFat heaven.
Urth Caffe. 451 S Hewitt St. When you want good coffee, good tea, salad or SOUPS you come here. Urth usually has about 3-4 choices of soups (and a bajillion choices of coffees, bobas and drinks). One thing about me and my guy (my human guy) is that WE LOVE SOUPS. We scour the city looking for them. Conclusion: It’s rare to find a good soup. One day we are going to open our own little soup shop with little outdoor tables and soup in tiny bowls for doggies too. Haha! Anyways, this is one Urth of many locations (Pasadena, Bev Hills, Melrose, Santa Monica, Laguna Beach). Oh, did I mention they also serve the BEST turkey burger the size of your face? Seriously, it’s a monster. And really really tasty. I don’t normally eat meat but I can’t help but take a bite when he orders it. Also, try the Tomato Rice soup–it’s like childhood in a cup.
Preux & Proper. 840 S Spring St. If you’re in need of a cheat day, get here now. The dishes are influenced by New Orleans and riiich. Spiced, seasoned, full over flavor and colors, cajun yumminess. We came for Happy Hour for the cocktails (amazing), cajun fries, corn fritters, deviled eggs and shrimp beignets. My favorite dish was the deviled eggs with crumbled bacon on top! They definitely paid special attention to the decor. It is a cute spot tucked right where Spring & Main St intersect in a V (the location is truly unique) with its brick walls and dark wood. Outdoors is a communal table and dog friendly. New Orleans is my birthplace but I haven’t been back to visit–this spot will do for now!
Chicas Tacos. 728 S Olive St. A new taco shop opened up a few months ago in my neighborhood DTLA and I’ve been dying to try it! It is the cutest little place–super bright and colorful with red picnic tables, benches and an airstream trailer! Ahh, I will own an airstream trailer one day…. Now for the tacos: they’re $4-5 each but really filling and bigger than the average street taco–and they’re organic! I loved the Fish Taco (beer battered fresh-caught fish with caesar salad and croutons on top). Steak taco comes with crispy potatoes on top and Pork taco is extra juicy with tons of meat. So you can see, 2 tacos for lunch is just enough (lunch special: 2 tacos + aqua fresca).
Zinc. 580 Mateo St. There’s a front patio to sit ouside with your dog but the real outdoors is in the side/back where there are tables and chairs to sit, talk, mingle and chill in. It has a very luscious feel of mingling and just enjoying the scenery. The food is delicious and don’t forget the adjoining Mateo cocktail bar which serves some nice drinks!