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Hot tables: 5 of the best seats in beer right now

Beer-centric spots that also deliver in the food department.
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Fritzi at Arts District Brewing Co.

Fritzi at Arts District Brewing Co.

When what you drink is as important as what you eat, you’ll want to hit up these beer-centric spots:

Arts District Brewing Co. in Los Angeles is an adult playground. Work up an appetite playing darts or Skee-Ball; try the famous vegetarian Carrot Dog from next-door Fritzi; and wash it down with an expanding selection of house brews from Devon Randall, former head brewer at Pizza Port Solana Beach.

Chicago’s Half Acre Beer Co. opened a kitchen at its Lincoln Ave. taproom in January, adding Americanized and fusion burritos, a popular oxtail French onion soup and larger seasonal plates to its worthy beer lineup. Suddenly, an Asian rice noodle and chicken burrito sounds so tempting with a juicy, tropical IPA.

Lantern Hall has no problem filling its narrow, brick-walled space with thirsty urbanites eager to check out Brooklyn’s new beer hall. Fourteen drafts showcase breweries near (Other Half) and far (Belgium’s St. Bernardus), while early reviews rave about the secret sauce-topped burger, available with a beer for just $9 Tuesday throughThursday.

Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Cheez has scooped out the gooey goods since 2010; Sweet Lorraine’s Fabulous Mac n’ Brewz in midtown Detroit pairs the menu of specialty mac and cheeses (try the Pepperoni Pizza and Truffle & Mushroom) with more than 20 bottles and 12 taps.

Two Portland restaurateurs and a former co-founder of Double Mountain Brewing teamed up to open Wayfinder Beer. The lager-focused brewpub serves sandwiches and snacks by day, then transitions to a heartier fare from its wood-fired grill at dinner.

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