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debra Jun 5, 2008 03:43 PM

I was just at Nook, today for lunch, and had a wonderful, tender, grilled Calamari Steak. Served on a bed of greens, with fingerling potato, sausage, with a citrus vinegrette, $10, fantastic (only available at lunch m-f). I also like the one at The Reel Inn, which is lightly breaded, and sauted with capers.

Just to be clear, I'm not looking for fried calamari rings.

Where do you go for a good Calamari Steak? Westside or the Valley preferred, but not limited to. I'm open to preparing it myself as well, if you can offer up a place to purchase them.

Thanks.

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Nook Bistro
11628 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 9, Los Angeles, CA 90025

Reel Inn Fresh Fish Restaurant
18661 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

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  1. ellaystingray RE: debra Jun 5, 2008 04:10 PM

    Trader Joe's has had frozen (they work just fine) calamari steaks before though I haven't checked in a while. I made them at home just the way the Reel Inn does (one of the only dishes that I feel has truly stood the test of time there--always good).

    1. monku RE: debra Jun 5, 2008 09:38 PM

      You can find them at Asian markets in the freezer section. Whatever you do, don't over cook them or they'll be tough. Don't ask about fresh, I've never seen them.

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        bigredd RE: debra Jun 5, 2008 09:43 PM

        Casablanca on Lincoln in Venice does a good job with calamari steaks.

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          maudies5 RE: bigredd Jun 5, 2008 09:55 PM

          Toscana in Brentwood does a gorgeous grilled calamari. Very tender and served on a bed of greens.

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            foodhappy RE: bigredd Jun 6, 2008 01:26 PM

            I'll 2nd Casablanca. The calamari steak is one of their house specialties. YUM!

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              vinosnob RE: bigredd Jun 6, 2008 02:02 PM

              Second this rec; plus their margies, house salsa and fresh tortillas are killer.

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                debra RE: bigredd Jun 6, 2008 04:03 PM

                I'll have to give them a try, sounds good. I looked at their menu online, and it looks like they do it with several sauces/styles. Any fav's? I'll def. hit them up next time I'm in the neighborhood. Thanks.

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                LMelba RE: debra Jun 5, 2008 10:56 PM

                Fish King in Glendale sells them, as does Whole Foods. I've seen it on the menu at Malibu Seafood - but haven't tried it.

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                  debrasarokin RE: debra Jun 6, 2008 10:44 AM

                  Debra:

                  The best I've found are at Gelson's Century City. They always carry them. Cheap and delicious! I generally dip in egg, panko crumbs - panysaute with lemon, butter, capers.

                  Debra

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                    debra RE: debrasarokin Jun 6, 2008 04:03 PM

                    Are these fresh, or frozen? Thanks for the local tip.

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