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Sand Dabs - who serves 'em

Baron Aug 2, 2011 09:44 AM

I identify sand dabs with California and California with sand dabs. But not to many restaurants serve them now. Are they on the sustainable list? Do you have any suggestions about any restaurant that does a good job with them - preferable on the westside? When done right, they can be very good.

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  1. Servorg RE: Baron Aug 2, 2011 09:59 AM

    I've had a very nice version at Ocean Ave. Seafood in Santa Monica in the past. I don't know if they still have them on the menu, but I wouldn't be surprised if they did.

    I saw another recent thread with a couple of recommendations: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/760454

    Ocean Avenue Seafood
    1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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      trimtab RE: Baron Aug 2, 2011 11:26 AM

      Musso Frank has always had what I consider the classic California Sand dab. But that's probably because it's the first place I ever ate them after moving here to LA in 1980.

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        Tom P RE: trimtab Aug 2, 2011 12:38 PM

        They are WONDERFUL still at Musso's. I get them a lot.

        Musso & Frank Grill
        6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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          PaulF RE: trimtab Aug 2, 2011 01:53 PM

          I was going to say M&F, too.

          The other place I've eaten and enjoyed them is Chez Jay in Santa Monica. It's been a couple of years since I've been there, but they were good last time I was there.

          Chez Jay
          1657 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        2. Jordan RE: Baron Aug 2, 2011 11:46 AM

          In season, try Central Park in Pasadena. They do a nice simple dish with them.

          Central Park Cafe
          219 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

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            Will Owen RE: Jordan Aug 3, 2011 06:01 PM

            I was gonna say Central Park, too - excellent dish and not expensive. Cafe Bizou was very good too. I prefer them prepared as simply as possible: seasoned, given a light coating of flour and then sautéed in butter.

            Central Park Cafe
            219 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105

            Cafe Bizou
            91 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

          2. DrBruin RE: Baron Aug 2, 2011 11:49 AM

            Gaetano's is an italian restaurant in Torrance has sand dabs on their regular menu. I haven't ordered them though. The menu description is: "Fresh sandabs, dipped in egg batter then fried and served with our butter-lemon sauce. Served with linguini Stefano and fresh vegetables"


            2731 Pacific Coast Highway
            Torrance, CA 90505

            Gaetano's Restaurant
            2731 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA 90505

            1. westsidegal RE: Baron Aug 2, 2011 12:03 PM

              not on their regular menu, but sometimes served as a special:
              Lilly's on abbot kinney in venice.

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                BSW6490 RE: Baron Aug 2, 2011 01:50 PM

                Peppone in Brentwood does very nice sandabs.

                Peppone Restaurant
                11628 Barrington Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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                  bigredd RE: Baron Aug 2, 2011 02:53 PM

                  Vito's in Santa Monica on Ocean Park Blvd does a good job with sand dabs

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                    priscilla2 RE: Baron Aug 2, 2011 03:26 PM

                    Kate Mantellini's on Wilshire & Doheny....I believe its a regular menu item.

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                      hey RE: Baron Aug 2, 2011 07:18 PM

                      Not on the Westside, but I've had sand dabs at the Dresden Room, and they were very good. They were sauteed and had a very nice flavor with a hint of lemon, which I love. And they were very reasonably priced. That, and the prime rib, are the only things there which i think are worth ordering, though.

                      Dresden Room Restaurant
                      1760 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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                        Dogbite Williams RE: Baron Aug 2, 2011 08:17 PM

                        They are served with a caper butter sauce at Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks. I had them a year or two ago and liked 'em, but since I've only had sand dabs once or twice in my life, take my praise with a grain of salt and a caper or two.

                        Cafe Bizou
                        14016 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

                        1. E Eto RE: Baron Aug 3, 2011 01:15 AM

                          If you just want a quick takeout for sand dabs, don't forget many of the "Louisiana" fish fry places have them on the menu. Some are quite good, and cheap. Don't be dissuaded by the bulletproof glass.


                          1. mnosyne RE: Baron Aug 3, 2011 10:30 AM

                            Le Petit Cafe on Broadway and Yale in Santa Monica serves delicious sand dabs with creamy mashed potatoes and green beans. Definitely worth a trip!

                            Le Petit Cafe
                            2842 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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                              Baron RE: mnosyne Aug 3, 2011 10:53 AM

                              It sounds like I'd like to try this place. Thanks for the tip. And thanks for the other tips from this board.

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                                Will Owen RE: Baron Aug 3, 2011 06:04 PM

                                I'd recommend anything from Le Petit Cafe. Lovely place. The owner is Alsatian and that shows on the menu now and then.

                                Le Petit Cafe
                                2842 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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                              ZoeZ RE: Baron Aug 3, 2011 12:47 PM

                              Soleil on Westwood Blvd does a good job with sand dabs.

                              1386 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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