Los Angeles is second only to Paris in its residents? love for bringing their dogs to the café. So we were surprised to learn that, until recently, the practice was often a health code violation. In honor of L.A. County officials' recent decision to allow dogs in enclosed outdoor sections of restaurants (instead of only sidewalk patios), we?ve sought out a few places Fido will love.
West-siders bring their dogs to Café Habana Malibu after a run around the dog-permitted section of Leo Carillo State Beach. Get there early to snag one of the comfy deck couches, where the servers will not only bring you grilled corn with cotija cheese ($4) and plantains ($6) but also keep canines? communal water bowls filled.
In Silverlake, the casbah-esque inner courtyard of Home restaurant is funky fun for both dogs and their owners. We like the brunch menu?s breakfast chilaquiles ($9), as well as the genial happy hour; dogs beg for pastry chef Demaris Gonzalez?s house-made dog treats.
And what?s more fun than window-shopping in Beverly Hills? Bringing along man?s best friend. After a walkabout, we stop in to The Farm, located just steps from Rodeo Drive, where we?ll order the lobster club ($25) with a glass of Rock & Vine Malbec ($11)--and a bowl of water for our companion.
Café Habana Malibu, Malibu Lumber Yard, 3939 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, 310-317-0300 or habana-malibu.com; Home, 2500 Riverside Dr., 323-665-0211 or homesilverlake.com; The Farm, 439 N. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-273-5578 or thefarmofbeverlyhills.com