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cincodemayo1 Jul 31, 2006 06:34 PM

Is it possible to get conch in LA? Maybe Gladstone's or somewhere out in Malibu?

I'm craving some conch salad or conch fritters, but I have yet to see any out here (I'm from Miami, where conch is abundant). Also very good as sushi...

Anyone know of any places? Do any fisheries sell it?

  1. bkhuna Aug 1, 2006 09:27 AM

    Conch is to California as Abalone is to Florida. Let's trade!

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    1. re: bkhuna
      Tinitime Aug 1, 2006 03:08 PM

      The conch I've had in California (@ Nanbankan) was not the Queen Conch we eat in FL. It was a smaller conch, tougher.

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      eiji Aug 1, 2006 08:48 AM

      Haru Ulala serves conch sashimi. Also a grilled conch served in shell in a broth.


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        epop Aug 1, 2006 08:19 AM

        Hump has a conch soup, somewhat like a miso soup.

        My guess is that one can call ahead and order conch tempura as well.

        1. pleasurepalate Aug 1, 2006 01:14 AM

          TiGeorge's, a Haitian restaurant, has a conch dish. They're located in Echo Park. You can check out their website at:



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            oro3030 Aug 1, 2006 12:26 AM

            Now I am craving conch fritters.... (I am a Miami ex-pat too).

            1. mstinawu Jul 31, 2006 07:20 PM

              LA isn't a big place for Conch. Sorry!

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              1. re: mstinawu
                cincodemayo1 Jul 31, 2006 07:38 PM

                No where? At all? I figured it was really hard to come by since I've really only ever had it in Miami, the Bahamas, and some of the Virgin Islands, but I didn't think it was IMPOSSIBLE to find some out here.

                I actually think I found some frozen conch at 99 Ranch last week. I wasn't sure though. It did look like it and I think it even said conch, or some form of the word, but it seemed really cheap for not being available anywhere else on the West Coast.

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                carter Jul 31, 2006 06:42 PM

                Norman's (with restaurants also in Miami and Orlando) on Sunset has a conch chowder as part of its tasting menu.

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                1. re: carter
                  cincodemayo1 Jul 31, 2006 06:45 PM

                  I've been to the one in Miami and if I remember correctly it was delicious (it was years ago). I'll have to check that out.

                2. ipsedixit Jul 31, 2006 06:41 PM

                  There is a conch dish at SOCIAL, which wasn't all that great when I tried it (in fact, it was rather disgusting), but it's the only place where I have seen it recently.

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                  1. re: ipsedixit
                    cincodemayo1 Jul 31, 2006 06:42 PM

                    What kind of dish is it? I have yet to try Social but it's not too far from me.

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                      ipsedixit Jul 31, 2006 06:48 PM

                      Here's my write up of it:


                      1. re: ipsedixit
                        cincodemayo1 Jul 31, 2006 06:51 PM

                        That good huh? Now that you linked me, I actually remember reading this posting last week and totally missed the mention of conch due to how bad it was. But thanks for the reminder! I'll have to keep searching.

                        1. re: cincodemayo1
                          ipsedixit Jul 31, 2006 06:54 PM

                          If you find a good source, please do share.

                          Now that you've brought up the topic, I've suddenly got an urge ...

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