On Thursday, June 12, a few dozen New Orleans area restaurants will donate 20 percent of their dining proceeds to the Louisiana SPCA. (www.la-spca.org) The event is the nonprofit's fifth annual Pause 4 Paws, and restaurants make it possible to support local, furry friends by eating breakfast, lunch and dinner out on the town.
Fifty restaurants are participating, including, appropriately, The Bulldog (3236 Magazine St., 504-891-1516; 5135 Canal Blvd., 504-488-4191; www.draftfreak.com) as well as Cure (4905 Freret St., 504-302-2357; www.curenola.com), Nirvana Indian Cuisine (4308 Magazine St., 504-894-9797; www.insidenirvana.com), Noodle and Pie (741 State St., 504-252-9431; www.noodleandpie.com) and Mariza (2900 Chartres St., 504-598-5700; www.marizaneworleans.com). Participating restaurants in Jefferson Parish include Vega Tapas Cafe (2051 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-836-2007; www.vegatapascafe.com) and Mark Twain's Pizza Landing (2035 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-832-8032; www.marktwainspizza.com) in Metairie, and Sun Ray Grill (2600 Belle Chasse Hwy., 504-391-0053; www.sunraygrill.com) and Gattuso's Neighborhood Bar & Restaurant (435 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna, 504-368-1114; www.gattusos.net) on the West Bank. Northshore diners can head to The Scotts Coffee & Tapas Bar (201 Carroll St., Mandeville, 985-231-7632; www.thescottscoffeebar.com). A full list of restaurants is on the LA/SPCA website and Pause 4 Paws also accepts donations online.