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Jul 15, 2010 05:03 PM

Where to find best fried clams in LA?

SOS - I can't find fried clams carried in any local supermarkets anymore, so I was wondering: where in LA can you go to find really good FRIED CLAMS? I don't mean those mealy little ones at Bubba Gumps, I mean authentic fried clam strips - for some reason, they are never featured on menus at LA!


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  1. Best I've had are at Blue Plate Oysterette in Santa Monica on Ocean Ave.

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    1. re: wienermobile

      I heard that Blue Plate's fried clams were great when I was ISO fried clams. I made a trip there just to eat them, and they were out of clams that day, so maybe make a call before you go.

      1. re: wienermobile

        I've heard of the clams at BPO, but looking at the menu, these seem to be BAKED clams in shell - I am looking for fried/breaded clams. Still, may be worth a visit. thanks for the tip.

        1. re: CABEEF1

          They only have them when they get them fresh. Call first to see when they will have them.

      2. Pacific Fish Center, on the Redondo Beach Pier.

        Any Long John Silvers...

        Pacific Fish Center & Restaurant
        131 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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        1. re: J.L.

          Are these strips or the much preferred belly clams?

        2. There are no decent clams in LA, don't even bother looking for any.

          1. Much maligned resto on this board, but the fried clams (with bellies) that I've had at Bluewater Grill in Redondo have been great - not good - great.

            Those are the only fried clams I've had in LA that were even passable, although I too have heard good things about BP but haven't yet been.

            Bluewater Grill
            665 N Harbor Dr, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

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            1. re: krick

              Blue Plate has fried clams with the bellies. Call ahead to make sure they have them. See here for pics:


              Blue Plate
              1415 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

            2. Strips are different than Bellies... for strips, we have enjoyed Neptunes Net....