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Santa Barbara Spot Prawns In L.A.

ysaiboy May 7, 2007 09:26 AM

Does anyone know of any restaurants in the L.A. area that have S.B. Spot Prawns on their menu. Are they a seasonal thing? Thanks for all your input.

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  1. Local RE: ysaiboy May 7, 2007 10:44 AM

    "while caught February to November, the height of the season is July/August..." Here's a link to more info. than you probably ever wanted to know.... I had some yummy spot prawns (with day boat scallops) at Smitty's the other night, but they were definitely on the small side, tho not any less tasty (or expensive) than the big guys.


    1. Silver Lake Guy RE: ysaiboy May 7, 2007 10:46 AM

      The Crab Cooker in Newport Beach has 'em - they were on the menu last night for $19.95 but no one at our table got them.

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        scottyp RE: ysaiboy May 7, 2007 10:47 AM

        Providence had them as a special a few weeks ago. They were backed in salt and then drizzled with lemon and olive oil. Incredible.

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          ickster RE: ysaiboy May 7, 2007 11:19 AM

          At Sushi Gen you can order the spot prawns as sashimi, then they can either fry the heads or serve them in miso soup. I like the fried heads best because its crunchy on the outside and gooey on the inside, but the taste of the miso with shrimp head infusion is good and and is a head turner as it looks interesting with the head and antennae sticking out when of the smallish bowl when it is served.

          1. foodiebpn1 RE: ysaiboy May 7, 2007 11:30 AM

            Valentino has a tasting with them right now, ask chef angelo to prepare for you. not on the menu so you have to ask.

            1. carln RE: ysaiboy May 8, 2007 10:04 AM

              99 Ranch Market has them live right now at $19.99 per pound. Pick up a pound or two and boil them for a couple of minutes and you will be psyched...they are so sweet and delicious.

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                mpken RE: carln May 16, 2007 11:15 AM

                Just had some last night and they were heavenly. The 99 Ranch in Monterey Park had them for $14.99 per pound.

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