HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >
Brewing beer, curing meat, or making cheese? Share your food adventure

Ipswich Clams

pizzafreak Aug 15, 2012 04:40 PM

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

  1. wienermobile Aug 15, 2012 04:47 PM

    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
      la2tokyo Aug 15, 2012 07:22 PM

      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
        mucho gordo Aug 16, 2012 08:21 AM

        Are they the belly clams or just strips?

        1. re: mucho gordo
          Dirtywextraolives Aug 16, 2012 09:40 AM

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

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives
            mucho gordo Aug 16, 2012 09:52 AM

            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
              Dirtywextraolives Aug 16, 2012 09:58 AM

              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
                mucho gordo Aug 16, 2012 10:01 AM

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

                1. re: mucho gordo
                  Dirtywextraolives Aug 16, 2012 11:17 AM

                  I agree.

      2. f
        flowergirl Aug 15, 2012 05:18 PM

        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. ipsedixit Aug 15, 2012 07:29 PM

          Hungry Cat.

          1. n
            NYCnowLA Aug 15, 2012 09:06 PM

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

            1. p
              pizzafreak Aug 15, 2012 11:29 PM

              Thank you all.

              4 Replies
              1. re: pizzafreak
                Baron Aug 16, 2012 08:47 AM

                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
                  joshekg Aug 16, 2012 09:38 PM

                  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.

                  1. re: joshekg
                    pizzafreak Aug 17, 2012 12:39 PM

                    How much was it per pound?

                    1. re: pizzafreak
                      joshekg Aug 17, 2012 12:54 PM

                      Around $6.

              2. f
                flowergirl Aug 16, 2012 04:44 PM

                Are they steamed or fried at Hungry Cat?

                1 Reply
                1. re: flowergirl
                  ipsedixit Aug 16, 2012 09:51 PM


                Show Hidden Posts