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Sep 6, 2010 04:38 PM

Best Shrimp dish in Los Angeles?

Most restaurants have the traditional shrimp scampi. I am looking for a place with a more original shrimp dish in LA. Haven't found anything special yet.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I suspect I might not be alone in recommending this one: Mariscos Chente. Camarones aguachiles are to die for, but really, anything with shrimp will be amazing.

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

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    1. re: thestratbrat

      Oh yes, and you can't go wrong with the giant shrimp at Chinese seafood houses such as Elite. They steam it, I think, and you eat it within minutes of its having been alive. Mmm, shrimp.

      1. re: thestratbrat

        And then they'll deep-fry the heads for you (if you get the giant live prawns). Eat them dipped in some soy sauce with diced garlic and chili oil and you've got the makings of nirvana.

          1. re: thestratbrat

            +4 on the large prawns/shrimp. Just had some SB Spot Prawns (they're actually shrimp but who cares :)) at Sea Harbour a week and a half ago, and for pure unadorned shrimp excellence, they're tops in my book.

          2. re: thestratbrat

            my favorite dish hands down at Mariscos Chente. aguachiles!!!

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

          3. Even excluding the wonders of Asian preparations and the myriad joys of Mariscos Chentes, there are lots of options: Have you tried the Shrimp Topolobampo at Babita? The Shrimp & Grits at Nook Bistro? The salt-cooked Santa Barbara spot prawns at Providence?

            1823 S San Gabriel Blvd, San Gabriel, CA 91776

            Nook Bistro
            11628 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 9, Los Angeles, CA 90025

            5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

            1. not sure if this is what you're looking for, but:

              the prawns madras from akbar indian. amazing. if you like spicy food -- you can order a number 5 spicy in marina del rey -- it's amazing. the santa monica akbar has the dish but can't make it spicy.

              people seem to love the slippery shrimp at yang chow in the valley and chinatown. i like it -- but don't see what all the fuss is about.

              bourbon street shrimp on pico has this really great dish (I haven't been there in a long time) -- but it essentially just shrimp in a nice tomato-based spicy broth. they serve it over pasta or rice -- but i ask for it without the pasta/rice and just with bread on the side to dip in. it is really a treat.

              la playita on lincoln just south of rose is a stand that serves great shrimp cocktail (just shrimp and lime and avocado in a cup). it's like $5 and fixes my shrimp cravings.

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              1. re: nachosaurus

                Toscana does the grilled large Santa Barbara Shrimp very well. Of course, as it Is always a "special" the price is a surprise unless you ask your server what you will be paying for these delicious crustaceans. I have had those grilled shrimp in many restaurants. Toscana just always gets them just right and the side of spinach and/or roasted potatoes works beautifully.

                Toscana Restaurant
                11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

              2. Steam or boil those giant shrimp (some with roe) right out of the holding tank! There's nothing better... Fresh to the power of ten!

                At Pacific Fish Center, on the Redondo Beach Pier

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

                1. I've got to give the Italians their due. Ya can't beat the shrimp fra diavolo at Gio Cucina.