The Hungry Cat

1535 N. Vine St.
Hollywood, CA 90028
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  • Mon.-Thu., 5-10 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; lunch: Wed.-Fri., noon-3 p.m.; happy hour: Mon.-Tue., 4-6 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 3-6 p.m.
  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
  • Full bar
  • Catering, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout
  • Parking Validation
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted

The original Hungry Cat is still our favorite place to eat in Hollywood proper, the place we most heartily recommend to folks looking for a pre-Pantages birthday dinner, the most welcome escape from the tourist mayhem of the neighborhood. Chef-owner David Lentz has been a pioneer of Pacific-focused seafood (as opposed to the odes to New England that have proliferated in recent years) for more than a decade, serving cold oysters on the half-shell, fresh Santa Barbara uni and modern, creative seafood dishes that sometimes hint at Maine or Massachusetts but more often celebrate the bounty and spirit of the California coast. Rather than classic fish-house fare, your Manila clams come with house-made chorizo, sofrito and shell beans; your raw kampachi with tangerine, shiso, Fresno chili and peanuts in a sweet chili sauce. The bright and airy restaurant tucked away in the center of the block is perfect to enjoy a brunch of crab cake Benedict, or as a place to drop by the bar for a lobster roll and a very good cocktail. —Besha Rodell

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