A little (sand)dab'll do ya
- Mr. Taster
I keep reading about sand dabs and still have no idea what they are.
Is it a fish?
Are they small like sardines or large like trout?
Where does the "sand" part of their moniker come into play? Do they burrow into the sand and become extra delicious there?
Are they always served the same way (i.e. fried) or are they prepared in different ways?
Lastly, where are the most delicious sand dabs to be found?
Please help unlock the mystery of sand dabs for me!
Sand dabs are a small flat fish---maybe two-thirds the size of a trout (at least the ones I catch). Most of the local ones come from Catalina; you'd want to avoid sand dabs from the Palos Verdes area.
They're usually pan fried or sauteed. I've had plenty of good versions and am partial to the one's at "new" Tony's on the Redondo Beach/King Harbor pier.
Me, I go fo the sanddabs at Chez Mimi in Santa Monica. Best ones I've ever had, and i have to sing...
"saddabs, I've had a few
but not too few
to really mention
but the best.
at Chez Mimi
are really good
and for them
I have a penchant.
if I had my wish,
I'd have that dish,
I'd have it Friiiiiiiiiiidddaaaaaaayy."
But Freday we're going to Little Ethiopia. Oh well.