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Where to find best fried clams in LA?

CABEEF1 Jul 15, 2010 05:03 PM

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 restaurants...help!


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  1. wienermobile RE: CABEEF1 Jul 15, 2010 05:36 PM

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

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      la2tokyo RE: wienermobile Jul 15, 2010 05:39 PM

      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.

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        CABEEF1 RE: wienermobile Jul 15, 2010 08:37 PM

        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.

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          wienermobile RE: CABEEF1 Jul 15, 2010 10:11 PM

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

      2. J.L. RE: CABEEF1 Jul 15, 2010 05:39 PM

        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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          mucho gordo RE: J.L. Jul 15, 2010 05:41 PM

          Are these strips or the much preferred belly clams?

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          jackattack RE: CABEEF1 Jul 15, 2010 06:15 PM

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

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            krick RE: CABEEF1 Jul 15, 2010 07:16 PM

            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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              lizziee RE: krick Jul 16, 2010 08:28 AM

              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. Dommy RE: CABEEF1 Jul 16, 2010 12:39 PM

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


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