Restaurants & Bars

The Hungry Cat?

McQuaid | Feb 7, 2005 02:17 PM

I just read about this opening and it sounds great. Anyone have any info/opinions?
The Hungry Cat opens Monday, February 7, for nightly dinner with chef and owner David Lentz in the kitchen. As the name playfully suggests, it features a raw bar with oysters and Littleneck clams on the half-shell, peel and eat shrimp, scallop ceviche, caviar service and Florida stone crab claws. Appetizers are fit for a cat as well, with oyster chowder, prawn and chanterelle ragout, grilled squid salad, crab cakes and gravlax on blini with crème fraiche. The only entrée not made of fish is the Land Lubber’s special: a grilled pork chop . Otherwise, there’s chorizo and braised clams, stuffed trout with braised cabbage and apples, lobster roll with celery root slaw and shoestring fries, pan-roasted skate wing and bacon-wrapped sturgeon. For brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, the raw bar is available along with crabby Benedict and brioche French toast among other items. Old-fashioned cocktails are a must for this concept, Lentz tells us. His are made with fresh-squeezed juices and given catchy names like Luke’s Lemonade, the Dark and Stormy, Pimlico, Greyhound Proper and Ode to Blackberry Farm (a version of the Manhattan). The wine list includes 18 wines by the glass. The Hungry Cat, 1555 N. Vine St., Hollywood, 323-462-2155.

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