On Friday, the Hello Kitty Hungry Hunt began its nearly month-long celebration of Hello Kitty's 40th anniversary. The hunt, which takes place in the Downtown/Little Tokyo, Mid-City and Sawtelle neighborhoods, features 11 participating restaurants, each offering their own Hello Kitty-themed dish and a corresponding pin. We decided to tackle all 11 restaurants, coffee shops, and boba tea cafes in one day because, you know, research.
Apparently, you all had the same idea. LA's Hello Kitty fanatics came out in droves on the first day, forming massive lines, running from one restaurant to another amidst rumors of a pin-shortage, and buying up cat-faced pastries before the cafe had even intended to sell them. It was madness, simply madness. The hunt will continue every day—every.day.—until November 21, but that didn't stop the masses from wanting to ingest Hello Kitty's face in 11 different ways during a single afternoon.
We succeeded in trying all but two locations, and we're sure, once we've recovered from Kitty White overload, we'll make it to the remaining spots (because the pins, guys, the pins!). Check out our slideshow for all the featured dishes, and find out whether they're worth waiting in line for.
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The Hungry Hunt at a glance
Choose any ramen and it'll come with a piece of seaweed featuring a Hello Kitty cut-out.
From food truck to West LA storefront, Seoul Sausage has won the hearts of meat-eating Angelenos. And now they're winning the hearts of Hello Kitty fans, with a HK sausage and fries.
This popular chain is serving up strawberry yogurt smoothies to commemorate Kitty White.
You know what's sweeter than a sundae? A Hello Kitty sundae.
Cakes at Charm City Cakes West (from Chef Duff Goldman) can resemble anything from a giant hamburger to a pin-striped suit, but for this event, it's a chocolate Hello Kitty cupcake with vanilla buttercream frosting.
Plan Check's new Downtown location features a Hello Kitty bento box, complete with a pink-cheese-topped burger, fries, a spicy tuna salad, a strawberries and cream donut, and a green tea latte to wash it all down.
No surprise here: Lemonade Downtown is offering Hello Kitty lemonade, a cherry lemonade combo.
Zip Sushi Izakaya is serving, essentially, a California roll for this hunt: sushi stuffed with shrimp, crab and avocado.
A pie in the shape of Hello Kitty—what more could we ask for? There are pepperoni slices for a bow, olives for eyes and pineapple for a nose. Cute!