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National Escargot Day

grubtrotters May 22, 2008 03:45 PM

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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    bad nono May 22, 2008 11:11 PM

    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.

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      bulavinaka May 22, 2008 09:40 PM

      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. Professor Salt May 22, 2008 08:12 PM

        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. re: Professor Salt
          grubtrotters May 22, 2008 09:40 PM

          Mmmm. That sounds delicious.

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          New Trial May 22, 2008 05:36 PM

          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
            mollyomormon May 22, 2008 08:52 PM

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

            1. re: mollyomormon
              New Trial May 22, 2008 11:56 PM

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

            2. re: New Trial
              bulavinaka May 22, 2008 08:56 PM

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

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                grubtrotters May 22, 2008 09:39 PM

                Thanks! Lilly's is in my neighborhood.

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