Pampered Popeye! Starving stray dog is rescued and taken to pet-friendly restaurants all over LA

Margaret Davies

While most dogs happily chomp on crunchy kibble and typical canine treats, Popeye – a starving stray turned furry foodie – drools over LA’s trendiest chow.

Ivy Diep found the homeless pup wandering the streets in January 2014. Matted, skinny, and alone, Diep decided to take Popeye home with her, where he instantly hit it off with her husband and other canine companions.

One day, she allowed the now 3-4-year-old pooch to tag along on one of her “Instagram dates” – outings in which she and a friend try new restaurants and document their meals on the social media site – and realized that Popeye makes a surprisingly polite dinner date.

“I would bring Popeye to any of the pet-friendly places, and we realized how good he was around food,” she told ABC News. “He would sit still for photos.”

Popeye then began making regular appearances in Diep’s restaurant snapshots, prompting her to create Popeye the Foodie Dog, an Instagram account dedicated to his culinary adventures.

The page features photographs of Popeye – often clad in adorable themed costumes – patiently posing with plates of food, from steak and sushi to fast food and donuts. While he may look like he’s about to sink his teeth into each delicious meal, Diep confesses that is not quite the case:

“We’ll give him nibbles of anything that’s safe for him,” she explains. “We always carry a bag of his favourite treats as well. He’s usually not really into the food anyway. He just likes to be out and about – people watching and to bark at any other dog that walks by.” Be sure to follow Popeye’s adorable dog-blogging adventures on his Instagram – a perfect place for food connoisseurs and dog lovers alike!

Top dog-friendly restaurants in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is known for having some of the best restaurants around, but oftentimes you can’t take your dog along. Dog-friendly restaurants in Los Angeles aren’t hard to find, though, if you’re in the know.

Some L.A. restaurant owners love dogs and accommodate pet parents who bring their dog to lunch (or brunch, or dinner…). Trouble is, you don’t always know which ones they are – until now.

The Waffle
6255 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90028 (West Hollywood)

• Retro-inspired waffle house with 17 signature waffles
• “Woofles” available for dogs, made with parmesan, parsley, and whole-wheat flour
• Staff is pet-friendly
• Patio has plenty of railing to tie your dog’s leash
• The Waffles also works with the SPCA and animal-rights organizations

8752 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90069 (West Hollywood)

• Upscale, elegant Sunset-strip eatery
• Serene, shady patio with faux grass for your pooch
• Farm-to-table food and crafty cocktails
• Special weekend brunch menu

1760 Hillhurst Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027 Silver Lake and Los Feliz

• Two locations in greater Los Angeles: Los Feliz and Silver Lake
• Large, welcoming courtyard patio
• Takes dog-friendly restaurant to the next level with free organic dog treats!
• Large, moderately-priced menu

Golden Road Brewing
5410 W. San Fernando Road. Los Angeles, CA 90039 (Glendale)

• For the beer-loving pet parent
• Amazing dog patio equipped an umbrella-covered “Doggy Deck,” fake grass, and biscuits for sale
• Nearby passing trains may startle some dogs

The Oinkster
2005 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 (Eagle Rock)

• Featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”
• Sandwiches and burgers on the menu
• Affordable prices
• Pet-friendly shaded patio
• Second Hollywood location

The Morrison
3179 Los Feliz Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039 (Los Feliz)

• Scottish pub and eatery
• Enclosed patio where every dog gets his own water bowl and biscuits
• Dog menu features three items: Where’s the Beef (hamburger and rice), Cock-a-Doodle-Doo (chicken and rice), and the Frankenweinie Bowl (hot dogs and rice) – all for $6 each

(Article source: Various)

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