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If you prize your sanity, try never to bring up the subject of lobster rolls with a New England native. If you haven't managed to edge away, you will be apprised how long the lobster must be boiled, how coarsely it must be chopped, and the exact brand of mayonnaise essential to the end result. You will also probably hear a dissertation on the top-loading hot dog bun that will turn your knees to water - I suspect the subject of top-loading buns was the secret to the Celtics' lockdown defense in the playoffs last spring. But when you taste the lobster roll at Hungry Cat, a first-class seafood restaurant near the corner of Sunset and Vine, a buttery, abstracted rendition of the New England beach-shack standard transformed into a split, crisp, rectangular object about the size of a Twinkie, you may be persuaded that the lobster roll is worth the fuss. In Maine, the $20-plus it costs would buy you a lobster the size of a small pony. But we are in Hollywood, where the next acceptable lobster roll may be 2,800 miles away. The Hungry Cat is a civic treasure, a place to drop into for a dozen oysters or a bowl of shrimp, a crab cake or a bowl of chowder, a glass of Picpoul de Pinet or an expertly mixed cucumber cocktail.
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How have I not recommended this place yet? Smallish joint in an outdoor mallish space at Sunset and Vine. Great raw bar, inventive seafood dishes and specialty cocktails. Their pub burger also gets raves. It's an ever-changing seasonal menu but I've never had anything bad. If they have the lobster roll as a special, get it - West Coasters don't necessarily know this treat but will LOVE it. The bartenders here are so great and pleasant to chat with, that I actually prefer sitting at the bar (which is where you'll likely end up if you are a walk-in on a weekend night). Patio seating out front. Validated parking lot.
Since Hollywood started it's revitalization a few years back, my neighborhood lacked a casual seafood spot. This spot has quickly become a favorite with young couples. You may be tempted to order everything, I'd recommend the oyster chowder and the addictive lobster roll. Price: $$ Tip: Located in the heart of Hollywood, great place to grab a meal and walk over to catch a flick at the Arclight.
What the pug burger at Hungry Cat lacks in structural integrity it more than makes up in sheer awesomeness, both of size and flavor. In fact, the glory of the pug is that it manages to be one of L.A.'s best burgers despite the point deduction for ridiculousness. It's a big fucker, maybe only consumable in the traditional way by John Madden, Steven Tyler or Sandra Bernhard. The rest of us have to concede, remove the top bun for later and eat the organic Niman Ranch ground beef, house-smoked... More »
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