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No Bark, All Bites: Brunch at The Fat Dog

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What goes great with brunch? How about beer! We recently were invited to check out the new brunch offerings (along with some beer and Bloody Marys) at The Fat Dog, where the laid back atmosphere caters to you...and your little (or big) dog, too.

Located on Fairfax Avenue in the same building as Lindy & Grundy's butcher shop and Coffee Commissary, The Fat Dog is the second of two locations of the pooch-themed pub (the first is in Montrose). Dogs aren't just the motif in the art and in the names of menu dishes, but they're welcome on the patio, where diners and drinkers can relax and enjoy a sunny weekend day.

The brunch menu at Fat Dog features casually elegant egg dishes that riff on familiar classics, but leaves off the more short-order style eggs-and-bacon plates you might find at your local greasy spoon. Here the frittatas are stacked and layered with fillings, like the delightful combo of crab and asparagus, or on the richer side, like the cheese-draped bacon and broccoli. One of the richest splurges is the Croque Madame, that oozes with melted Gruyere and a runny, golden yellow egg yolk.

Some of the brunch items are crossovers from the regular menu, like some of the salads and their homemade veggie "Alternative Burger" which comes with a cute paper sack of fries. For the sweet tooth at the table, the Brioche French Toast is like a whole village of carb-and-sugar fun on the plate, livened up but not over-burdened with caramelized banana, whipped cream, and Nutella sauce (hold the syrup!).

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Your "hair of the dog" needs can be easily met with a brew from their respectable, though short, draft and bottled beer list, or with their spicy Fat Mary (Bloody Mary) or Bloody Beer (Corona, lime, and housemade Bloody Mary mix). The cocktails skew towards the sweeter, so you might want to come back in the evening to give a few of them a whirl, or skip them altogether. Since our four-legged friend is of the feline variety, we didn't get to experience the Fat Dog with a dog, but we've seen plenty of pooches sunning themselves during daylight on the patio.