A hidden seafood gem in Hollywood.
It’s almost like the Hungry Cat wants to stay below the radar. If you didn’t already know where it was, you’d walk right past it, and never give it a second’s thought. But open that door, and you enter a warm, albeit crowded little joint full of good cookin’.
The Hungry Cat seems to be one of those Chef-owned, Chef created places that Bourdain is always talking about. The kind of place where the Cook is going to do seafood the way he wants to, and hopes the rest of us comes along for the ride. Judging by my party, they happily agreed.
WHAT SHOULD I GET: Here’s the funny thing. I’m a native Washingtonian/Marylander, what I consider to be the epicenter of all good Seafood in the Universe…and I’m allergic to Seafood. That being said, I know the good stuff when I see it. And what I saw was fresh ingredients, very simply prepared with a lot of delicious results.
My Father, who lacks a Seafood Allergy, tried the Coppino Special, which had big, hard to crack crab legs, and mussels stewed in a nice sauce. I believe a friend of mine had the House-made Chorizo and braised clams.
Me? I had the Pug Burger. And because it came with a fried egg in it, I was very, very, very happy.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Parking is pretty damn easy. You’re not parking on the street. Odds are, if you’re in Hollywood, you’re rolling to the Arclight anyway, so you may as well use their structure. It’s just across the street. There isn’t any validation (unless you go to a movie), so expect to pay anywhere between two to eight bucks.
The meal should run you in the 25-35 dollar range per person, depending on wine and/or beer, which I recommend.
Also, remember what I said at the top of the piece. There is no sign highlighting where this place is. According to the Cat’s own website, its located in the courtyard of the Sunset & Vine Building, just behind where Borders Books used to be.
Also, keep in mind the nature of a Seafood place. It’s stock and trade? Seafood, which because of natural realities and American Consumer protection laws, has a short shelf life. Expect a lot of specials being offered, since they got to get rid of their food stock at some point. Be smart, take advantage of those Specials.
PARKING: Hmm. Your best bet is to part over at the Arclight’s Parking Structure. If you just want to go to Dinner, and not see a movie, it’s gonna cost you.
The Hungry Cat – Hollywood
1535 N. Vine street (and Sunset Blvd.)
Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone: (323) 462-2155
Fax: (323) 462-2723