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Aug 15, 2012 04:40 PM

Ipswich Clams

Is there a restaurant in the Greater LA Area that serves Ipswich clams either fried in a batter or as steamers?

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  1. B P Oysterette in Santa Monica serves them fried and they are really good.

    1355 Ocean Ave
    Santa Monica CA 90401

    7 Replies
    1. re: wienermobile

      I love fried Ipswich clams!!!!

      +1 for BP Oysterette fried Ipswich clams. They run out fairly often, so call ahead before you drive there. I have made the mistake of driving there when there were no clams available more than once.

      They also have them at Blue Water Grill in Redondo, and probably at the other locations too. Personally I prefer the version at BP Oysterette. They run out too, so call ahead.

      1. re: wienermobile

        Are they the belly clams or just strips?

        1. re: mucho gordo

          Belly. Strips are a sign that it is a frozen product.

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            Thanks. I wasn't aware strips were a sign of a frozen product. I thought that bellies are an acquired taste that most people don't have and strips are for mainstream consumption..

            1. re: mucho gordo

              Thats right. I don't know if all strips are frozen, but since they are so perishable, I would think to take the time to process them into strips, they need to freeze them.

              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                What a waste of delicious bellies.They're the best part.

      2. They are really hard to find. A place called Longboards in Huntington Beach has steamers. We drive from the Westside all the way there and it is worth the drive! Call first to make sure they have them.

          1. JAR - Fried Ipswich Clams cocktail sauce and roasted garlic tartar sauce

              1. re: pizzafreak

                Love ipswich steamers. The best can be found at Quality Seafood at the Redondo Pier. They have them fresh and live in a huge system. Pick out what you like and they will steam them for you or you can take them home and stem them yourself.

                1. re: Baron

                  I picked up 1.5# at santa monica seafood the other day and had them as steamers. Steamed them at home with a little bit of onion and celery and served them with clam broth and some clarified butter with lemon.