Every Saturday and Sunday, Ray’s at LACMA offers a Barky Brunch menu in addition to their human-friendly fare. I took Fitdog’s (un)official food critic, a 14-year-old cocker spaniel named Ginger, to test their offerings, and her response was positive!
Ray’s is a spacious outdoor restaurant under the main LACMA mezzanine that offers mid-century modern loungey vibes, an expansive brunch menu, and fully stocked bar. The Barky Brunch is a really cool addition to Ray’s menu since it offers something for everyone in the family!
Ginger, our food critic.
After a leisurely stroll past Urban Light, through the main entrance of the museum plaza, we were greeted warmly by Ray’s hostess, who sat us at a low table with plush chairs. Ginger was promptly given a water bowl and enjoyed people watching until her food came out. Three waiters came to deliver her meal, and luckily I was able to snap some photos of her food before she ate it up!
Barky Brunch Review
Aperitif: Chicken Liver and Brown Rice Cookie
While traditional food critics might save “dessert foods” for last, Ginger believes that life is short and one should always enjoy the sweets first. Ging gobbled down the cookie, which fired up her appetite for the rest of the meal.
Main Course: Steamed Chicken and Broccoli Bowl
“The chicken was steamed to perfection,” says Ginger, “But nothing in this world can make me eat my vegetables!” And so the broccoli went mostly untouched… But considering how fast she ate the chicken, I’m going to infer that it was delicious.
Dessert: Pizza Crust
“Fluffy, crispy, and savory. Everything one would hope for in a pizza crust,” says Ginger. “Finally I don’t have to steal the human’s pizza scraps to enjoy this treat!”
Two Paws Up
While I can’t personally speak to the quality of the food, I can tell you that Ginger absolutely loved the whole experience– from the kind attention of the staff to the nearby restaurant patrons who loved watching her enjoy the meal, the entire experience was positively delightful. Next time you find yourself looking for a mid-city, mutt-friendly brunch establishment, we highly recommend you eat at Ray’s!
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