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Meow! Chowing Down at the hungry cat

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East Coast seafood dishes -- albeit with a definite dash of West Coast flava -- have finally made it to Hollywood. Surprisingly, though the heart of Tinseltown is only 10 miles from the ocean and is home to great number of sushi spots, the area doesn't have a lot of restaurants that specialize in seafood and raw bar items, except maybe for the local Red Lobster.

To the rescue of those craving Northeast fare are chef-owner David Lenz and his wife Suzanne Goin (Lucques, AOC), who opened the hungry cat -- a rare-in-LA late-night fine dining establishment -- at the Sunset and Vine complex. Located next to the new Schwab's and across the alley from a Border's bookstore, LAist made an early dinner visit on a recent Thursday night.

Despite the numerous open tables early in the evening, the hostess greeted us at the door with the favorite "do you have reservations" line. We didn't and were offered the bar for dining despite the less-than-bustling hour. Though a little off-putting at first, the hungry cat was packed within the hour. And this made us feel a little better.