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May 22, 2008 03:45 PM

National Escargot Day

Saturday is apparently National Escargot Day. Any suggestions on the best place to eat escargot in LA? We tried them at La Poubelle a couple of years ago, and I hear Cafe Stella has them. Anything on the West Side?

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  1. You can get fine standard versions at Chez Mimi, Comme Ca, Lilly's or Pastis; a very nice nouvelle version at La Cachette; and a delicious cutting edge one (with whipped potatoes and a lettuce emulsion) at Ortolan. Just be patient as they come out at a snail's pace.

    La Cachette Bistro
    1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

    8338 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

    Lilly's French Cafe & Bar
    1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

    Comme Ça
    8479 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

    Chez Mimi Restaurant
    246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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    1. re: New Trial

      I think your recommendations really hit the snail on the head.

      1. re: mollyomormon

        And snails may be the ideal Chowhound food--they are gastropods after all!

      2. re: New Trial

        You can hit all the snails on the head in my garden... take all you want for free. :)

        1. re: New Trial

          Thanks! Lilly's is in my neighborhood.

        2. S Fine Dining does an excellent Viet fusion one that comes out w/ a Thai style green coconut curry & royal basil.

          S Vietnamese Fine Dining
          545 Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA 92683

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            1. I know supers like Von's at least used to carry those tubed snail numbers in their "gourmet" sections. And they would sit, and sit, and sit... I would be thinking about shelf life if I were pondering a purchase...

              1. At the Larchmont Farmer's market there's this French guy whose name escapes me, he does sell escargots to go and not out of a can. He also sells some homemade charcuterie that's very fresh and good. He is rather expensive though.

                At restaurants, I had some very good escargots in Santa Monica at Le Petit Cafe, and some very decent ones at La Dijonaise.