Ah, summer. Long days, hot nights. We know you want to spend as much time out in the world with your pup as possible before hibernation begins again, so each week, we’re bringing you the hottest summer spots to chill with your dog—and maybe enjoy a nice, cold glass of reprieve. We know that summers in LA aren’t really that different from the rest of the year, but take advantage of the long days at least and live a little! Here are our top five for 2017.
While the term “clean food” always makes us giggle a little, we have to respect what Hugo set out to do. Simple, fresh ingredients, a feel-good vibe, full bar, and people wearing active wear who are actually active. Weekdays are the best for quick service, and weekends are the best for people- and dog-watching. Staff excels on not making you rush if you grab an outdoor table.
OK, so in our original review of Hatchet Hall we may have coaxed this hipster casual joint into a winter frame of mind. But when those temps hit 90 we’re glad to have cozy, cooler weather for reference. Great menu that changes daily along with a strategically paired wine of the day and a great ambience for you and Fido out on the patio make this a must in Culver City.
There’s a reason why Guy Fieri called Beer Belly “duck-a-licious” on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. You’ve probably never had better duck fries. The menu ain’t healthy by any means, but they tell you that right off the bat. Pair it with a pint (or three or four) from their extensive SoCal beer list on their dog friendly patio with some pretty damn nice people and you have yourself a damn fine day.
Faith and Flower
At first glance, you’re gonna be like “no way is this stunning spot dog friendly.” To be honest, we had to go back and double check. But it is and it’s a frontrunner for gorgeous and delicious restaurants not being uptight about our best friends. A ridiculous offering of bites, serious cocktails, and a very attractive crowd. Plus, Fido gets to feel fancy.
Some call it “BBQ,” some call it a “burger shack,” some call it “heaven in Los Angeles,” and others call it their “local bar” (even though it’s a restaurant). Take all of those accolades and then throw in “great beer” and “super dog friendly” and no doubt we’ll be using one of your quotes in the near future. Come hungry, prepare to leave drunk.