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In Design, Food, On Location: Out and About in L.A. on October 28, 2009 at 7:40 am

Lady GaGa celebrates the 35th anniversary of Hello Kitty. Photo by Markus Klinko & Indrani

And now, from a fellow foodinista in the field:

Angels, schmangels—Los Angeles is nothing if not the city of lines. The 405 at rush hour, the velvet rope at the Villa Lounge, the switch-backing, Disneyland-like wait for a Pink’s chili dog, etc., etc. But to our knowledge, there hasn’t been a line in Los Angeles this year that’s held a candle to the opening weekend queue for…

Hello Kitty.

Yes, this past Saturday morning, Harajuku Girl adolescents, thirtysomething Echo Park hipsters and hopeful toddlers alike lined up along several blocks of Washington Boulevard (some for close to three hours), all for the love of a crudely drawn cat.

Royal/T—the café, shop, and exhibition space inspired by Tokyo’s meido kissa (maid café) trend—is hosting a celebration of all things Hello Kitty through November 15th in honor of the animated icon’s 35th birthday. There’s an exhaustive product retrospective, a group art show by JapanLA Pop Culture Shop, a pop up shop, and a special themed food menu.

Hello Kitty - High Tea Set

Hello Kitty High Tea Set

While we didn’t have time to try the Hello Kitty-stamped sandwiches, Hello Kitty-shaped waffles, or three tier Kitty-topped high tea, we did splurge on a strawberry cupcake with buttercream frosting, which the restaurant brings in from local bakery Hotcakes. It was cloyingly sweet, but somehow, still undeniably wonderful. Much like the birthday girl, herself.—Robyn Brown

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