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Authentic Fried Clams and Oysters in LA??

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  • jenh May 7, 2008 05:03 PM
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I'm a New England girl who would love to find some real fried clams or oysters in the greater LA area. Any recos??

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  1. Ipswich Fried Clams are hard to find in LA and Clam Rolls even harder. Though you will find half decent Fried oysters in town and I hope that it will satisfy your needs.

    Try Jar And Ford's Filling Station for Ipswitch Clams without the rolls Sid's Seafood in Canoga Park is rumored to have them and you can try Sonny McLean's in Santa Monica for a Clam roll but stay away from the Lobster roll.

    Take Care

    - P.

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    1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

      Second Sonny McCleans. Their clams are way better than Sid's Seafood.

      Sonny McCleans also has great chowder.

      Mattapoisett - why do you say stay away from the lobster roll, that and the haddock was next on their menu to try.

      1. re: LisaN

        Dommy and I went when we were first dating [boy that was a while ago] She tried the Lobster roll and it had ground shrimp as filler along with the lobster which in my mind is not right. On the other hand, Its cheap. I think it was around $13 which compared to Hungry Cat's which is $21. you can See my Full review here

        Search for the elusive fried clam Part 2 - Sonny Mclean's
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/73477

        I have since made Dommy a proper Lobster roll and we have been back to the Mattapoisett Chowder House, the Red Wing Diner plus other places and had it there so she now knows what a real Lobster [and Clam] roll is.

        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          Thanks! Maybe they got some feedback and changed the recipe because I know the menu said all lobster meat, no fillers. That is totally wrong that it had shrimp.

          I love Red Wing! I'm originally from Mass and usually get back once a year. Sonny's had the best fried clams I've had in California, still not as good as back east, but I haven't tried Jar yet.

          1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

            Did you use the traditional hot dog bun w/the sides cut off for your lobster roll? if so, where did you find them? I like making lobster rolls at home too.

            1. re: dotrat

              I now have pans from King Arthur Flour for New England hot dog buns. But you can get them in The Bay Area at The Old Port Lobster shack. They sell them by the dozen and are more rustic than the Nissen ones we grew up with. and you could try Studio Diner on Ruffin Road in San Diego they supposedly have a decent Clam and Lobster roll. I will try it on my next trip.

              You can see the Rolls Dommy and I made here:
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/317509

      2. pop by quality seafood in redondo beach. or if downtown, there is fisherman's outlet.

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        1. re: wilafur

          yes on both of those for the Oysters but they only have strips for the clams. With Quality Seafood the best bet is their steamed and broiled stuff. Their fried stuff tends to hang under heat lamps

        2. Not exactly New England, but when I get that ankering for freshly fried oysters and clams I go to a really good sushi bar and order them. A reasonably good substitute. In the Harbor at Channel Islands their is a restaurant called Andrias seafood and their clams as well as their clam chowder is quite worthy of the trip. Back to the sushi tought for just a moment. You can also have them deep fry you the giant clam which makes it tast exceptionally good and not as tough as tire treads and also abalone. Good fishing. Or should I say clamming.

          1. Malibu Seafood, hands down. Bring a six pack of Sam Adams and it'll feel just like home.

            1. Thanks for the suggestions! I'm always so focused on the Sox when I am at Sonny's I never thought to try their clams.