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Clams in Los Angeles

coopxl Aug 12, 2006 09:43 PM

Where is the best place to buy clams (ideally little neck) in LA? Any one have a seafood market or spot to recommend?


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    RickLA Aug 14, 2006 03:46 PM

    Try Santa Monica Seafood. Got some last week and they were great.

    1. Dommy Aug 14, 2006 03:01 AM

      Though out the L.A. and beyond!! :)



      1. Dommy Aug 14, 2006 02:53 AM

        For future refence, I adore the Clams Manilla and Butter Clams (although they refer to them as little necks) at 99 Ranch. They keep them in a tank with clean water and I've had an almost 100% open rate each time!!! I wish I could say the same for the pricy clams I bought at SM Seafood! :P


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        1. re: Dommy
          coopxl Aug 14, 2006 02:56 AM

          Where is 99 Ranch?

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          estone888 Aug 13, 2006 03:59 AM

          Most of the big Asian markets have live clams - usually Manila clams, but sometimes geoduck and little neck as well - for a lot cheaper than Fish King or Santa Monica Seafood.

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          1. re: estone888
            coopxl Aug 13, 2006 04:23 AM

            Thanks for all the help guys!

            1. re: estone888
              coopxl Aug 13, 2006 04:24 AM

              BTW - any good asian markets you can recommend? I'm close to K-town... Could pick up some short ribs while I'm there.

              1. re: coopxl
                estone888 Aug 13, 2006 03:58 PM

                California Market and HK Market on Western are pretty good. They've got an excellent fish counter in the supermarket in the big shopping plaza at Olympic and Western as well. The best Asian markets are in the San Gabriel Valley - The Ranch 99 in San Gabriel Square and the Hawaii Supermarket across the street from it (corner of Del Mar and Valley Blvd.) are incredible.

                1. re: estone888
                  coopxl Aug 13, 2006 05:53 PM

                  Thanks - the one on Western is very close. I'll check it out today!

            2. Professor Salt Aug 13, 2006 03:50 AM

              Quality Seafood has many varieties in live tanks. I've seen littlenecks every time I've been.

              I once had steamed Irish clams that were littleneck sized, but especially sweet and tender. If they have those clams from Ireland, get some for sure.

              Writeup w/ photos on my blog, here:

              Quality Seafood
              130 International Boardwalk
              Redondo Beach

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                carter Aug 13, 2006 02:01 AM

                Fish King in Glendale on N. Glendale Ave., north of the 134 Fwy. or Santa Monica Seafood would be the first two suggestions you should check into.

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