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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?

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  1. 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

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

      1. re: cincodemayo1

        Here's my write up of it:

        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

        1. re: ipsedixit

          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

            If you find a good source, please do share.

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

    2. 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

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

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        1. re: mstinawu

          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.

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

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

            http://www.tigeorgeschicken.com/

            Abby
            www.pleasurepalate.com

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

                http://dailygluttony.blogspot.com/200...

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

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                  1. re: bkhuna

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