Friday, April 20, 2007

Cat's Got Our Taste Buds

Out and about town tonight and what should we see at the corner of Chapala and Anapamu but tables and chairs and people in the soon to open Hungry Cat. Not just any people, but both owner David Lentz and spirits director Tim Staehling (that means he's in charge of all the liquor, not that he conducts seances). Opening night will be this Tuesday. And we will be there.

Other great news--the Hungry Cat will be the first place in Santa Barbara where one can get a beer from Craftsman Brewing, which will save us a lot of trips down to Father's Office in Santa Monica.

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Anonymous tessitura said...

OMG!!! pardon my french (and my excitement) but HOLY shit!!! thats wasome!

WV: screw WV

11:10 PM  
Anonymous numfar said...

Never had anything from Craftsman. Beers listed on the website are not the usual suspects. Any favorites?

(BTW, the Eye has found me.)

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know someone working there and it's going to be very cool. Yay to more LA quality restaurants downtown@!

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have to say, with all the build-up on this opening, my appetite is stimulated. Might be worth falling off the food-and-spirits wagon for.

8:44 AM  
Blogger cookie jill said...

What will the fashionable blogger be wearing? =^..^=

9:33 AM  
Blogger George said...

What will the fashionable blogger be wearing?

A contented smile, no doubt.

12:18 AM  
Blogger George said...

Numfar--As for Craftsman, the more Belgian-y the better, but be ready for the unusual.

Sorry about the Eye and best of luck.

12:20 AM  
Blogger Mike said...

To the degree you'll be able, George, I'd like a detailed report.

But I sorta hope you're not able. Who's driving?

wv: cipbhhg

(But I want to hear about ghulphhng, not cipbhhg.)

4:53 AM  
Anonymous Numfar said...

Hmmm. So you probably like the "California" ale from Telegraph. Blecch. Actually not a badly made beer, but calling it that and using a Belgian yeast is wrong on multiple levels. For homebrewers like me, a beer named after our fair state requires a nice neutral yeast, like Wyeast's California strain.

Looking forward to the unusual, though.

10:54 AM  
Blogger George said...

I probably shouldn't have linked to the Craftsman site, as it really is just an great example of how poorly he markets his great beer. When he does things Belgian-style, they truly are Belgian. Nothing he makes is like other folks' beers, really (his lambic is very European, and other beers have lots of coriander or banana or other odd tastes that always seem to work). Alas, I think that the Hungry Cat has his 1903 Lager, and lager isn't my favorite style (and is clearly not Belgian).

Still, it should wash down peel n' eat shrimp really well.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous kusala said...

Sorry to be a pessimist here, but all I can muster regarding this announcement is: "Yawn."

"LA-quality restaurants" is more of a red flag to me than anything, so often meaning "overpriced attitude."

I hope you get what you pay for, because my wallet is not feeling the menu...

9:31 AM  
Blogger Marty said...

Will they have burgers as good as My Father's, too? I'm gonna have to stay Monday night just so's I can eat more.

10:58 AM  
Blogger George said...


Actually, Hungry Cat does do a burger that's supposed to be really good, but we've never tried it.

Yes, you need to stay Monday night, too.


Trust me, I've been to the LA one and there's been little attitude and good good food and drink. No, it's not cheap, but serving people real ingredients costs. If you want chep seafood, there's always Red Lobster. (shudder)

11:52 AM  

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