The Quick Pitch: Curtis Nysmith, owner of the departed Cahuenga corridor sports bar Capitol City (along with SmithHouse Tap & Grill in Century City), has reconceived the address as a new-school yet resolutely earthy Mexican mecca. He’s brought in Efrain Cuevas – known on Chicago’s underground dinner circuit for his roving, locavore-minded Clandestino series – to refine south-of-the-border standards (grilled duck with mole poblano, tacos with crispy-skin trout and tomatillo kimchi), as well as advance fresh ideas, like a lime-marinated purple cauliflower ceviche cleverly assembled to look like raw tartare.
The Insider’s Dish: In keeping with its name, the restaurant’s covered rear patio is notably Fido-friendly, with convenient canine tie-ups built into the décor.
The Must-Order Item: A crispy take on chiles rellenos, stuffed with pork belly and Cotija cheese — then topped by jalapeño melon jam.
The Industry Neighbor: Top communications firm ID Public Relations.
1615 N. Cahuenga Blvd., L.A., 323.465.1750, 3dogcantina.com