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ISO Scampi

Emme Apr 8, 2010 05:27 PM

Hey all... Having a massive craving for scampi... Curious as to others' opinions on the best. Hoping for a pretty traditional version, but am open to shrimp or scallops or lobster....

Thanks in advance!

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    whatsfordinner Apr 9, 2010 01:23 PM

    I love the gambas al ajillo at Bar Pintxo.

    Bar Pintxo
    109 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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      sparkareno Apr 9, 2010 09:15 AM

      I'm probably going to get flamed for this but Cheesecake Factory makes a decent scampi with really large shrimp, whole roasted garlic cloves and a lemony garlic beurre blanc sauce.

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      1. re: sparkareno
        GenevieveCa Apr 10, 2010 11:39 AM

        agreed, it's one of 3 things i will eat there.
        it's delicious.

        1. re: GenevieveCa
          Emme Apr 10, 2010 08:47 PM

          interesting... im curious as to what the other 2 are...

          1. re: Emme
            GenevieveCa Apr 11, 2010 05:27 PM

            first one is the crab rangoon, i could drink they sauce they serve with it.
            the other is a version of maple and sage glazed pork tenderloin.
            It's not a restaurant i like, but sometimes, it's what everyone else wants so i cave.

            1. re: Emme
              GenevieveCa Apr 12, 2010 09:13 AM

              thanks for the recipe.
              i make them at home, as the primary food maker in the house, it's nice to have someone else make something sometimes.

      2. Servorg Apr 8, 2010 08:07 PM

        Completely unorthodox / off the wall suggestion. Camarones Checo or Camarones Al Mojo de Ajo at Mariscos Chente.

        Mariscos Chente
        4532 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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        1. re: Servorg
          Emme Apr 8, 2010 09:56 PM

          that came to mind already, thanks!

          i really am looking for a traditional prep though... however, i am going to mariscos chente on saturday... will see if that gets ordered :)

          1. re: Emme
            maudies5 Apr 8, 2010 10:09 PM

            How would you define "traditional prep?"

            1. re: maudies5
              Emme Apr 9, 2010 08:37 PM

              garlic and white wine based... no funky additions (not that they aren't valid and good in their own right, but just not what i'm seeking right now).

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                Servorg Apr 10, 2010 04:19 AM

                Okay then...have you ever tried it at Vito's on Ocean Park? I think they would be a serious contender to scratch this itch.

                Vitos Italian Restaurant
                2807 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

                1. re: Servorg
                  Emme Apr 10, 2010 08:47 PM

                  thanks. will look into it!

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