New England style clambake
Are there any places (apart from private clubs, of course) that serve it, pref on the west side?
Not sure if you're looking for an actual in-ground bake, or just the usual ingredients, but the new Henry's Hat in the old Minibar space on Cahuenga has one on the menu. Haven't been there yet and it's not the westside, but might be worth a look.
Henry's Hat American Pub and Sports Bar
3413 Cahuenga Blvd West, Los Angeles, CA 90068
Tried out Henry's Hat. Verdict: not worth a repeat visit.
Upon entering, you go and order at the bar, they give you a number and you sit down at a table. They bring over your beverage, a roll of paper towels, flatware and condiments (I was amused when they brought me ketchup for my clambake).
My order arrived on a mini paella-style pan, with about 4 pieces each of mussels, clams and shrimp. One of the clams was sealed shut...luckily I knew that it needed to be tossed. In the mix were also sliced andouille sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes and 2 slices of toasted bread/croutons.
It was almost like a soup, and the thick broth/sauce was overly salted. It also had a lot of grit. The sausage pieces were very hard and chewy. There were some small pieces of cilantro...wasn't sure if was meant to be a garnish or if it accidentally happened to fall into the dish.
Im pretty sure i got an email from the Watergrill downtown saying that they were offering a NE style clambake. Give them a call to see if its still happening.