I’m a sucker for fresh, casual seafood places. Especially fresh, casual seafood places featuring a selection of local craft beers on tap (hence my devotion to the Reel Inn). The concept of The Hungry Cat is simple and straight-to-the-point. The Hollywood and Vine location lends itself to the minimalist theme, as does the fare. (Who wants a bunch of dusty old relics hanging over their fresh towers of seafood? Clean, hard surfaces are the way to go at a place like this.) The menu offers a small selection of fishy favorites. Raw bar, check. Lobster roll, check. Crabcakes, check. A scrumptiously sloppy, bacon drenched, yolk oozing, many napkin, juice dripping down your arms “Pug Burger”? Check.
I mean, just look at this thing. Huge, juicy patty, bacon, avocado, and bleu cheese, piled on an impossibly¬†tiny English¬†muffin and topped with a perfectly cooked fried egg. Not to mention the true test of any restaurant’s burger: it was served exactly medium rare. Once you negotiate a handle on this monster, it’s literally impossible to put down. It’s everything a burger should be: well-cooked, well-topped, and served with a pile of delicious fries. Sidenote: Luke’s Lemonade is an excellent boozy, refreshing accompaniment to the burger.¬†
Don’t let yourself feel guilty for not ordering seafood at The Hungry Cat: 1535 N. Vine St., Hollywood.
Photos via A Hamburger Today (which I just discovered and will¬†now be frequenting).