Hungry Cat, L.A.
At his three Hungry Cat locations (in Hollywood, Santa Barbara and Santa Monica Canyon), chef David Lentz specializes in shellfish, from pristine oysters on the half-shell to the signature peel ’n’ eat shrimp. (In a nod to Lentz’s Maryland roots, the original location in Hollywood also hosts a wildly popular blue crab fest each summer.) But diners should not ignore the burger, which, topped with Danish blue cheese, house-smoked bacon and avocado, is one of the best in town.
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From Food & Wine , NOV 2004
Opaline's former executive chef, David Lentz, is opening the Hungry Cat, an oyster bar with dishes like soft-shell-crab sandwiches....MORE
From Food & Wine , APR 2006
Most L.A. restaurants close at 11. Not the Hungry Cat, chef David Lentz's seafood shack. Peter Birmingham, Julia and I have killer-good burgers with Danish blue cheese, smoky Nueske bacon and avocado; even the lettuce tastes perfect ('L.A. is burgerland,' says Peter)...MORE
From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
The coolest indie films host their premieres at the Arclight Cinema, and the top post-screening tables are at David Lentz’s nearby modern seafood restaurant, which is also close to the Walk of Fame. Although the specialty is shellfish, the burger is one of the best in town.
We loved: Oysters on the half shell; merguez sausage–stuffed squid.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.