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Mar 13, 2009 08:00 PM

Mussels & Fries, where o where?

HELP! searching for a place to enjoy BIG meaty mussels,
not looking for a bowl of half-opened mussels that contain miniscule rubbery bites,
Love to see all of 'em OPEN and swimmin' in broth of high-flavour.
The joint must also have decent FRIES, 'natch.
All price points in play/Wine friendly.

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    1. re: joshekg

      diito...can't go wrong. anisette first

    2. My fave for Moules Frites is Lilly's Cafe in Venice. However, they have been inconsistent of late, maybe different chef nights? Some nights AMAZING, some night, just good.

      1. I am not a mussel lover, so my info is second hand. But several neighboring tables and dining partners have loved the mussels at Nook, and they do a good job with thin, parsley-accented fries (even better onion strings).

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        1. re: nosh

          I love the Nook mussels. Even though it's listed as a small plate, one plate of that, a shared order of fries, and the bread to soak up the sauce is enough to fill me up.

          1. re: PandanExpress

            Had back-to-back dinners with family from out of town this past week at Gjelina then Nook -- the mussels were ordered at both places. This week the ones from Gjelina were deemed the favorite. The ones from Nook were much bigger than usual, not apparently the PEI type, and served in a big bowl rather than sizzling on a castiron pan the way they were in Nook's earlier days. The thick, rustic, grilled garlicky bread served with them at Gjelina was a big hit, too. I could be wrong, but I think the bowls were fairly similar in size and a couple of bucks more expensive at Gjelina.

        2. I've always loved the moules frites at La Frite in Sherman Oaks. Nice mussels in a large bowl of garlicky broth with great shoestring fries.

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          1. re: Jwsel

            Second La Frite -- though I'm referring to the one in Woodland Hills.

          2. pretty good at stella silver lake

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            1. re: aventinus

              Great fries, however the mussels were mediocre and the sauce was ok. Coulda been less globby and more flavour.