At first glance, dog-friendly Lazy Dog (they have a dog menu!) might not appear to be a gourmand’s mecca. But look a little closer and you’ll realize this casual-dining SoCal mini-chain is no mere canine-catering Applebee’s. Practically everything on the menu is housemade, elevating the upscale bar fare above its peers — you won’t find wok-fired calamari, chicken curry or butter cake at TGIF. Even house beers are special, brewed by LA’s Golden Road brewery.