I need relief from cleaning out my email box. It has reached an alarming 82% capacity in its 7-year existence and I’m an hour or so in with many more to go.
I wistfully return to today’s lunch, when things were pleasant and refreshing. Behold the glorious shellfish in its oyster and mussel form! Why not wash it down with a rum cocktail at noon? All of this was brought to me by the fine people at The Hungry Cat in Hollywood. Today was their 7-year anniversary and they graciously celebrated with $1 raw oysters on all their varieties—James River from Virginia, Malpeque from Prince Edward Island and Calm Coves from Washington—and cocktail specials all day long. It was an all day happy hour so to speak. And, lucky for me, I got the chance during my lunchtime commute to stop by.
I wish I could say I frequent The Hungry Cat all the time. I don’t. But only because I avoid that whole Sunset and Vine situation and I am a sucker for their Pug Burger and I really need to wean off how many burgers I eat in my lifetime. Plus, their top shelf cocktails could easily help to to neglect my college monetary situation. In other words, yada, yada, yada. But being here today reminded me what I’ve been missing out on: amazing, fresh seafood/shellfish. You can enjoy light and raw to something more rich, like the steamed mussels in a Pernod and saffron based broth. It came complete with kale greens, thin slices of fingerling potatoes and fennel to slice. Two grilled pieces of sliced bread sat on top with a dollop of what I think was an aioli of sorts. But I could’ve done without it and saturated my bread in the broth alone. It was a big notch up on what, to me, is comfort food.
Anyway, The Hungry Cat is a great place to go. Not just to have good food, but to have great service (no matter what Yelp has to say). Any good and busy establishment will take time. As does good food. So, if getting a server or refilling your drink takes an extra minute, don’t fret. It’s not because they’re unattentive. They’re actually doing their best being attentive to every single person, so when they get to you, trust they they’ll do with care.