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Cioppino and Bouillabaisse

I know the difference between the two, based upon ingredients, and I've eaten Cioppino in a number of restaurants. I've never had bouillabaisse in a restaurant acutally. I'm looking for recs for good versions of both of these dishes in L.A.--between Hollywood and the beach-- and the valley -- between Calabasas and Studio City.

Here's my issue... I'm not a huge clam and mussel person, so if by some miracle, there are places that include a larger array of seafood in their dishes, they would be preferrable, as I usually tend to ask the kitchen to leave out clams and mussels... Yes, I know this defeats the purpose of ordering a fish soup/stew, so please save the criticism and derision... Eat, and let eat! TIA!

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  1. Literati II almost always has a Cioppino on their menu.

        1. re: Al Bondigas

          Well, certainly you'll find some in Spain. It's the Spanish version of shellfish soup.

        2. re: mc michael

          There is also a Greek version called Kakavia, made with fish, shrimp,mussels,clams and lobster and variations there of//

        3. This Tuesday, the 9th, Bluewater Grill in Redondo Beach is having a Bouillabaise vs Cioppinno evening comparing the two fish stews.

          1. Mimosa, on Beverly, has bouillabaisse on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Their menu says that their rendition has scorpio fish, rock cod, monkfish, shrimp, scallops, and mussels. I haven't had it in awhile, but I do remember liking it a lot.

            1. Musso & Franks used to have a great Bouillabaisse... Haven't been in years but they're worth going to regardless... if my memory serves me correctly, they included nice pieces of duck in their version...

              1. La Frite Cafe in Woodland Hills on Ventura Blvd. on Fridays During winter for great Bouillabaisse!

                1. I like the bouillabaisse at Cafe Stella.

                  I recently tried the one at Musso & Frank (mentioned above) and will not be ordering it again. Sad, because the sauce / broth itself was quite good. The fish was overcooked and some of the pieces were rather ... fishy ... with a mealy texture that I reckon might be evidence of freezer burn. The clams were good; the shrimp were okay though overcooked. What should have been a nice touch - slices of lobster tail in the shell - were (say it with me, kids) overcooked. Bit of a theme. Certain of these sins might have been forgiven had the price been, say, half of $34. The martini was good, though (and a comparative bargain at $7.50).

                  There's a restaurant in Westwood where I had a fantastic cioppino a couple of years ago. Sadly I don't recall the name or precise location.

                  1. Might as well link this other recent thread on the very same subject (and this thread has a lot more replies) for future Hounds use: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/38668...