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Are You a Fan of the Pug Burger at Hungry Cat?

reality check Sep 4, 2010 11:41 PM

I realize Hungry Cat is a seafood restaurant but are you a fan of their pug burger?

The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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    sassille Sep 5, 2010 09:38 AM

    Hungry Cat? It's been over a year..but. for starters was a perfect cucumber martini made with Hendricks Gin from Scotland… the ideal appetite enhancer. The burger was on a La Brea Bakery roll —craggy-lots of bubbles…like a sponge, to sop up the meaty juices. Blue cheese and thick smoked bacon helped the whole thing along. It’s one of my favorite L.A. burgers. Been wanting to go back just to check in and be sure that nothing has changed. 'xcept probably the price.

    The Hungry Cat
    1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

    La Brea Bakery
    624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    1. ipsedixit Sep 5, 2010 12:34 PM

      In the category of "knife-and-fork" burger, yes I am a big fan of the Pub Burger (esp. with a fried egg).

      I'm not sure what the ratio or ingredients are used to make the burger, but it's one damn fine creation ... just not for bare hands alone.

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      1. re: ipsedixit
        cls Sep 5, 2010 12:35 PM

        definitely get the egg.

        1. re: ipsedixit
          Dommy Oct 28, 2010 10:41 PM

          Yeah, the Pug Burger is just at the edge for me. You CAN eat it with your hands, but the radio of Bun and Meat is off so eventuallly you'll be eating the patty with just your fingers...


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          miwine Sep 5, 2010 03:24 PM

          One of the best high end burgers in town. A bit like Fathers Office in flavor. The egg puts it over the top.

          1. Johnny Pastrami Sep 7, 2010 04:22 PM

            The pug burger is a wonderfully flavorful burger. My only complaint would be the size. It is one of the most vertical burgers I have tried to put in my mouth. But once you take a bite, you'll be a fan.

            I can't imagine how much more messy it would be w/ an egg... But I might have to try it now.

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            1. re: Johnny Pastrami
              Dommy Oct 28, 2010 10:42 PM

              Try it!! It really helps meld thing together, just ask for extra napkins!

            2. TheBurgerBusters Oct 28, 2010 07:57 PM

              NO! I reviewed that burger today, and I found it to be unimpressive.

              The Value: Meh...it was pricey for a pretty average tasting cheeseburger made from ground chuck.

              Burger Review...The high-quality ingredients at The Hungry Cat, combined into a pretty tasty but unexceptional whole. The cheeseburger was competently prepared, balanced, and tasty, but in no way worth the $16 price tag. I would not return for this burger, but I would not steer anyone away if they were in the neighborhood.

              Come on 16 bucks for bland Niman Ranch chuck--that shamefully pricey. It's nearly impossible to get that product past average.


              The Hungry Cat
              1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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              1. re: TheBurgerBusters
                reality check Oct 28, 2010 08:21 PM

                You didn't get a pug burger. The pug burger has more toppings.

                1. re: reality check
                  mc michael Oct 28, 2010 10:13 PM

                  It looks like a Pug Burger in the photos. He just didn't cut it in two to eat and he just didn't like it that much. Different strokes.

                  1. re: mc michael
                    reality check Oct 29, 2010 12:48 PM

                    This is what I thought the Pug Buger was:


                  2. re: reality check
                    TheBurgerBusters Oct 29, 2010 12:50 PM

                    I was a Pug Burger. I was also the only burger on the lunch menu. I had the lettuce, avocado, and pork belly on the side so that I could sample the seminal burger prior to doctoring it up with accouterments.

                    @mc michael The burger was fine--just fine. It wasn't amazing....it was simply about as good as one can get a ball of ground chuck to taste.

                    1. re: TheBurgerBusters
                      mc michael Oct 29, 2010 01:59 PM

                      I know Pug Burger. Pug Burger is a friend of mine. You, sir, are no Pug Burger!

                      1. re: mc michael
                        TheBurgerBusters Oct 29, 2010 04:23 PM

                        I am an idiot--I do wish that those HTML forms would point out glaring dumbness on my part.

                        1. re: TheBurgerBusters
                          mc michael Oct 29, 2010 05:22 PM

                          Chillax. Have a burger. You'll be fine.

                2. A5 KOBE Oct 29, 2010 12:35 AM

                  Not a fan. I could make a better burger at home.

                  1. wilafur Oct 29, 2010 09:48 AM

                    i like it but it is very hard to eat......unless you knife and fork it.

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                      jaykayen Oct 29, 2010 02:31 PM

                      Not really. I think their food is really overpriced.

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