Looking for a restaurant with a great seafood tower for a birthday.
Ocean Ave. Seafood in Santa Monica does some nice towers starting at $35 and going up to
their $135 " The Grand" that includes 15 Oysters, 6 Clams, 8 Crab “Nuggets”, 16 Jumbo Shrimp, 20 Black Mussels, 11⁄4 lb Lobster, 2 lb Dungeness Crab, and 1 Sea Urchin. I'm hungry already.
Ocean Avenue Seafood
1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
and, although, off-topic,
at happy hour (4-6pm weekdays) ocean avenue seafood offers an oyster platter of 6 great west coast oysters WITH a flight of three 2-z portions of wine for ~$17.(i.e a total of 6 oz of wine)
without the wine, the oysters are offered at $1.75 each during happy hour.
last wednesday i was there and had both the oyster platter and a platter of 6 oysters during happy hour and was well-pleased with the offerings.
they also serve a good-quality warm sour dough bread. . .
Paradise Cove does a tower, the food there in general isn't great, but it's right on the beach and the best location hands down!
Comme Ca and Bouchon both have excellent seafood towers. Each time I have had the pleasure of indulging in one, the seafood was high quality and fresh tasting. The oysters at Bouchon were some of the most beautifully shucked oysters I've ever had.
Lots of sushi places serve excellent blue crab handrolls (Sushi Zo, Sasabune, Place Yuu, to mention a few).
Also, live blue crabs can be bought in the seafood section at most 99 Ranch Market locations (when in season).
17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA
2101 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
12400 Wilshire Blvd Ste 150, Los Angeles, CA 90025
no, don't want sushi blue crab...want the whole crab..whole crab experience, with the mallot and the "old bay" season, and the drawn butter and and the brown paper on the table, where you have to dismantle your crab and enjoy the sweet little bites you extract! It's a whole "blue crab" experience!!
Seafood towers are desperately alluring to me.
2. Hungry Cat
3. Water Grill/Ocean Ave Seafood (Same Platter, same price, best value IMO)
3.1 Mastro's (essentially a tie but at those prices, oy!)
5. BOA (I actually think the S.M. location is slightly better than WeHo)
These are my "feelings" about where I'd go back in what order, they are all good.
The Hungry Cat
1535 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
2087 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362