If you're a pet owner, you know "the look." Just as you've grabbed your keys, tied your shoe laces and zipped up your jacket, your dog sits in the doorway, head down, sad eyes looking up forlornly, tail immobile on the floor. The only thing left to do is grab the leash and pick a dog-friendly restaurant for lunch. Yes, there are some dog-friendly patios around town, and even a couple of special menus designed for our four-legged friends.
Eveleigh: There's plenty of shade and faux grass on the patio at this West Hollywood restaurant. While you discuss a script rewrite with your agent, your dog can lounge around and lap up a bowl of cool water. 8752 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (424) 239-1630, http://www.theeveleigh.com
Home: At both the Los Feliz and Silver Lake locations, not only are dogs welcome, they're spoiled. The patio provides a large courtyard with plenty of room to move around, and the staff is ready with free water and dog treats. Organic dog treats. Two locations, http://www.homerestaurantla.com
Lazy Dog restaurant and bars: If the name and dog motifs weren't enough of a hint, the patios at this restaurant chain are designed for dogs. You just have to follow the rules. Don't put your dog on the table or your lap. Avoid begging, biting and barking (that would be your dog). Keep your dog on a leash. If you and your pet follow the rules, you can order your dog some dinner. For $4.95, you can treat your pet to a hamburger patty and brown rice or a grilled chicken breast and brown rice. If your dog is a vegetarian, plain brown rice is $1.95. And the water is free. Multiple locations, http://www.lazydogrestaurants.com
The Morrison: There's an enclosed patio where each dog receives a water bowl and a couple of Milk Bone dog treats. If he is still hungry, there's a special dog menu with three dishes, including Where's the Beef? made with chopped hamburger beef and rice; Cock-a-Doodle-Doo with chicken and rice; and the Franenweinie bowl with chopped hot dogs and rice. The bowls are $6 each and come with more Milk Bone treats. 3179 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 667-1839, http://www.themorrisonla.com
Terrine: You no longer have to decide between a fashionable lunch with friends or time with your dog. While you're sipping some dry rosé and eating chef Kris Morningstar's house-made charcuterie on one of the most beautiful patios in the city, your dog can be there too. There isn't a special dog menu, but your pet can stay cool with some water, don a studded collar and hang out in style. 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 746-5130, http://www.terrinela.com
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