Hungry Cat: 99 Essential Restaurants 2011
Does the appeal of the Hollywood ArcLight lie in its enormous screens, the quality of its projection — or in its proximity to Hungry Cat, Suzanne Goin and David Lentz's seafood restaurant fitted into the ground floor of a condo building a few steps away? Hungry Cat is a fishy, fishy place, home to oysters, chowder, pan-roasted skate, peel-and-eat shrimp and chorizo-steamed clams; also to the lobster roll, a buttery, abstracted version of the New England beach-shack standard transformed into a split, crisp, $20-plus sandwich that enrages skinflint Red Sox fans as much as it delights everybody else. The Pug Burger — sure, there's the Pug Burger, which is to say a wad of loosely packed organic cow, bleeding profusely through blue cheese into a La Brea Bakery roll. Lentz is from Maryland, which means his fetish object of choice is fried crabcakes, which Hungry Cat not coincidentally serves. 1535 N. Vine St., Hlywd. (323) 462-2155, thehungrycat.com. Mon.-Wed., noon-11 p.m.; Thurs.-Sat., noon-mid.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Full bar. Validated parking. AE, MC, V. Seafood. Also at 100 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica. (310) 459-3337.
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El Huarache Azteca
Euro Pane Bakery
Fab Hot Dogs
Good Girl Dinette
La Casita Mexicana
Lazy Ox Canteen
Meals by Genet
Musso & Frank Grill
Nem Nuong Khanh Hoa
Newport Tan Cang Seafood Restaurant
Night + Market
101 Noodle Express
Palate Food + Wine
Pollos a la Brasa
Sapp Coffee Shop
Son of a Gun
Tacos Baja Ensenada
Waterloo & City
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