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Hungry Cat Review

Dave and Stuff | May 24, 2006 08:40 PM

Went Tuesday night. We had 6pm reservations, and arrived 5 minutes late, due to the odd location...hostess was very nice, and offered us indoor or outdoor seating.

We chose indoor. Probably a mistake in retrospect, as the inside seems to still be undergoing construction. The bar looks really nice, but the tables are nothing special, and just kind of in rows of two-tops against a wall. There also seems to be curtains hanging in front of some not-finished construction.

Server showed up soon. Very friendly (although maybe a little too chatty...didn't need to know what she and her boyfriend were up to that weekend), and seemed sincere and knowledgable.

We were told that Hungry Cat menu is "kind of like Tapas...you won't get served your food at the same time...that's just my disclaimer."

We ordered specialty drinks off the menu: Pimlico and Tangerine Margarita ($9-10): Both outstanding. Fresh ingredients, and perfectly balanced.

Started with the Fruits de Mere. $42, and by far the most expensive thing on the menu. 4 oysters, 4 clams, 4 shrimp, a lobster tail and claw, and a single crab leg. To be fair, the seafood was absolutely delicious, but for me, the portion was just not enough to justify the price. I've paid up to $75 before for Fruit de Mere, but it has always been overflowing. This just seemed skimpy. That said, the quality was top-notch.

The waitress recommended the Lobster Pasta special ($25). It was Papardelle Pasta with Lobster meat and Veal stock, and tomatoes. My date ordered the Pug Burger ($15-ish), which had been recommended by a chowhound poster.

The pasta came out in a huge bowl...smelled great. Plenty of lobster (when have you ever said that before), and plenty of delicious sauce, but (and this is a literal count) there were five noodles in my bowl. Five. I know, because I counted.

It was absolutely delicious. The ingredients, recipe, and execution were superb. But I just needed some more noodles, and couldn't believe that I had to even think about it.

The burger was huge (and cooked correctly), the fries perfect, and we loved it.

Then the server told us about a drink special they had that night: Red Rum ($10). It might be the most delicious cocktail I've ever had. Vanilla Rum muddled with blackberries and mint, a splash of oj, and a splash of lime. I haven't stopped thinking about it since we left.

So overall, a really nice experience. The pasta came out maybe 5 minutes before the burger. We had been warned about this, and I guess I would understand the timing if we had been ordering small plates ("tapas-style"), but we had ordered two main plates...just being picky, I guess, but especially since the male's food came out before the female's, I didn't want to start without the lady.

I would definitely go back. The food was great. I would steer away from the Fruit de Mere, and maybe just order the oysters a la carte. The cocktails were out of this world. The service was friendly and competant, and while the dining room could use some work, the bar looked nice, and the patio was also very nice.

Appetizer, six(!) cocktails, Dinner Special, and Pug Burger, including tax: $147. 20% tip: $30. Total: $177.00

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