All Photos © Christine Elise McCarthy 2012
Yesterday was a ridiculously gorgeous day & I needed a way to kill it – with dignity – not holed up in my troglodyte’s haven – day drinking over my millionth homemade pizza. My friend Katie & I decided that something greasy, perhaps on a bun, definitely in public, maybe with a rowdy or, at least, spirited crowd, beer & outdoor seating was in order. After rejecting Saddle Ranch (which we only considered due to its proximity to our decision-making locale) as a place for the Jager & beer bong crowd – we remembered Cat & Fiddle. It seemed a perfect choice – though I feared it would be packed & the outdoor seating option (a primary concern) taken out of play. Sitting inside a dark pub on a gorgeous Los Angeles holiday weekend would be a sin. As it happened – we got rock star parking & the place was deserted.
Inside & out.
Pardon the sub-par images but the bright, speckled sunlight made getting surreptitious but lovely outdoor photos impossible – and inside – it just felt rude to linger photographing the few folks that were belly up to the bar.
After some discussion – Katie opted for fish & chips & a hard cider – while I had fish tacos & a Stella.
I find the food here quite good – assuming you are ready to eat PUB food & not fucking quinoa risotto and things made of kale, sea palm & kelp. If healthy eating is your goal – head to the good but insanely pretentious Cafe Gratitude (check out this menu http://cafegratitudela.com/menu/) – which isn’t far away. My fish tacos – while fried – were very yummy. I ate everything – including a side of fries. Katie cleaned her plate, too, except for the infinity of peas that made up the bed for her haddock & fries. Seriously – they must have given her and entire bag of frozen peas. I wonder in what quantity they get their peas delivered – because they cannot seem to unload enough on any one unsuspecting diner.
The patio outside is full of trees & umbrellas & flowers & a center fountain. And – most delightful – is the doggy menu – for when your dog is your date – DOG MENU. It is a perfect place for summer eating & drinking & getting fat. With your dog. Can’t beat that! So after 2500 calories, two beers & both of us feeling like we’d swallowed a cinder block, Katie & I stepped out of Cat & Fiddle very happy to have killed a few sunny hours in their dog-friendly, garden patio.