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Aug 2, 2011 09:44 AM

Sand Dabs - who serves 'em

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. 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:

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

    1. 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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      1. re: trimtab

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

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

        1. re: trimtab

          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. 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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          1. re: Jordan

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