5 Great Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Los Angeles: Travels with Your Charley

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Fri, May 31, 2013 at 7:30 AM

click to enlarge Chili, cappuccino, Corgi at The Sycamore Kitchen - T. NGUYEN
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  • Chili, cappuccino, Corgi at The Sycamore Kitchen
If you're a dog owner who likes to bring your dog with you when you go out to eat -- because your dog needs socialization as much as you do, because your dog is your muse, etc. -- no doubt you've developed an instinct for good and bad places to go with your best friend. Bad would be, say, Bludso's in Compton, where, owing to the fact that it's more of a take-out than eat-in sort of place, you may decide to leave your dog in the car (windows down, of course) while you fetch your order inside. And return, arms full of ribs and brisket, to find your dog trying to eat the smell of smoked meat in the air, and maybe too many people gathered around your car to witness your dog trying to eat the smell of smoked meat in the air. In which case you certainly throw your dog a bone on the ride back home, because that's the least you can do after all that.

Good, on the other hand, would be somewhere you and your air-eating, attention-getting, friendly, very well-behaved dog can actually hang out. In no particular order, here are five of our favorite dog-friendly spots around town.

click to enlarge Golden Road Brewing - ANNE FISHBEIN
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  • Golden Road Brewing
5. Golden Road Brewing

If you're a wine person, there are quite a few wineries that will welcome you and your pup; if your drink of choice is a bit more sudsy, though, take your best friend with you to Golden Road Brewing. There, you both will be happy to find a "Doggy Deck," a fairly large area especially for dogs, complete with water bowls so both pets and owners will never be too far from their drink of choice. Sometimes a train will wail by, sometimes the dogs will bark in return, sometimes the television inside will have the hockey game on and you'll catch the Kings winning a playoff game. Not a bad way to spend a sunny afternoon. 5410 W. San Fernando Road, L.A.; (213) 373-4677.

click to enlarge The patio and the dog at Guisdados in Echo Park - T. NGUYEN
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  • The patio and the dog at Guisdados in Echo Park
4. Guisados (Echo Park)

If you park in the parking lot of the Echo Park location of Guisados, you'll note a patio -- a pretty sizeable one, actually, with plenty of tables. Perfect, then, for you and your dog: You can leash her to the railing, dash inside to order yourself a taco sampler, and someone will be kind enough to bring it out for you. Right, you shouldn't feed your dog table scraps, but if your best friend starts pawing you for a bit of your steak picado taco, well, you shouldn't blame her either. 1261 Sunset Blvd., L.A.; (213) 250-7600.

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