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The Hungry Cat - report

Tom P | May 3, 200503:06 AM

Had a late dinner at The Hungry Cat with a bud tonight, located across from the Arclight at Sunset and Vine, next to Schawbs. We both enjoyed it very much; I will definitely go back. It is indeed a small minimalist space, but it is kind of cool. The service was laid back, friendly, and helpful.

We each had a special salad of organic lettuces, shallots, avocado, parm. cheese (I think) and grated egg with a light lemony dressing. It was just what it should have been, fresh, light and tasty.

He had the crab cake, which was quite good. There was admittedly not much on the plate, just a single crab cake (nice size, though) and a slaw on the side. The crab cake was excellent. I had the lobster roll. All I can say is that just last week I had what I guess some consider to be one the best lobster rolls in the country, at Pearl Oyster Bar in NYC. It was indeed very good. The lobster roll at The Hungry Cat, however, was even better. It was very flavorful and a bit spicy; the dressing was terrific, as was the lobster. And the toasted bread under the lobster salad was perfect. It came with a celery root slaw, the only item of the evening I did not love, and what have to be some of the best fries in town. I was suspicious when the plate arrived, as I love crispy fries and these looked limp. But while they were not the texture I usually crave with my fries, they were indeed crisp enough and they tasted marvelous.

Other items on the menu sound terrific, particularly a chorizo and clam stew, of sorts. I look forward to returning.

One note: this was the second time I tried to go. The first time, I could not find it! It is barely identified -- if you don't know where to look you can just keep walking past. It is directly across from Borders and the pedestrian door to the parking garage

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