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Pug Burger at Hungry Cat

Panoz | Nov 11, 2005 04:22 PM

I went to AFI film fest last night to find out that the Sarah Silverman film was sold out. The only one of the evening that was sold out. So I randomly chose a movie, it was like a Norwegian (I think) version of a combination of "Jacob's Ladder" and "Fatal Attraction" or "Basic Instinct". Anyway, it left me really creeped out.

I walked across the street to Hungry Cat which I've been to once before. Being already kind of late, I passed up on the delicious sounding cocktail menu and specials and got an iced tea ($3). I also got the Pug Burger ($14) which is oft mentioned in CH reports and food reviews.

It took a while to grill even though I asked for it medium. It was a THICK burger. Not necessarily more massive than other burgers (probably 1/3 lb), because they compacted it so much. It was on la brea bakery bread, looked like ciabatta cut into rounds. Came with a couple of strips of (grilled) bacon, blue cheese, avacado, a piece of romaine, red onions. On the side was really good fries, cut into kind of flattened pieces. I also got a thing of ketchup, mayo, and mustard.

I only used mustard, but my burger wasn't that tasty. It really could of used more seasoning. It was also VERY difficult to eat. Being kind of narrow and tall, gave it a very poor center of gravity, so after I cut it in half, the half I wasn't eating quickly toppled. You can't really get an entire cross section into your mouth, so you're stuck nibbling at corners, while the insides, like avacados shoot out the other side.

The fries were nice and crispy, however.

The pug burger isn't something I'd recommend to anyone, especially at that price. To me, my standard bearer of LA burgers is Pie 'n Burger (and I've been to Apple Pan several times), and that one is half the price (but no fries). But I'd go back to the restaurant at off hours. The staff is quite friendly.

Next time I go, I still want to get their clam (or oyster) chowder, which really looks like the chowders had in New England, being more brothy rather than thick and creamy. I hear it has Cavalo Nero in it. I still can't see myself getting their also famous (and tiny) lobster roll for $22, since I have tried the real thing very recently while driving up and down the New England coastline (the most expensive one being $14 for "more than one lobster's worth of meat"). I don't want a an expensive and inauthentic facimilie ruining that.

The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine Ave
LA 90028
(323)462-2155

Link: http://www.thehungrycat.com

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