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LisaN Aug 18, 2013 05:12 PM

We had a reservation for Saturday afternoon and were seated promptly. Our waiter was David and he was fantastic.

The restaurant is done really cool, with a modern and nautical decor. Seating ranges from booths, tables, high tables with high chairs and the bar.

We were seated at a tall table, and I was concerned the chairs wouldn't be comfortable, but they were.

We liked everything we got, but some items were favorites over others.

Rolls - well worth the money, hot, fluffy, buttery and delicious. Alot of care is going into these, hence why they aren't being handed out for free. Five to an order.

clam cakes - these are true Rhode Island style clam cakes. Balls of doughy goodness studded with chopped clams throughout. Good, but filling, our were cooked nicely and the tartar sauce was tasty. I think there are complaints in these because people are expecting something akin to a crab cake, which these are not.

steamers - generous portion and easily shareable. They were delicious with no sand, served with the traditional melted butter and broth. These were thoroughly enjoyed.

Fried clams with the bellies - the only way to eat fried clams in our book. They were plentiful, not sandy and not greasy. They come with French fries which were good, but too many fries to eat them all if you are sharing other items. Best fried clams I've had on the west coast ( I'm originally from Massachusetts and go back frequently) as good as some I've had back east

Broiled cod - yes it's small but it's better to have a quality smaller piece of fish than. Large cheap piece of fish.

Lobster roll with butter - the person who got this said the lobster was cooked perfectly, wasn't rubbery, unfortunately the lobster flavor was overwhelmed by the paprika and other seasonings.

Desserts
Indian pudding - I loved it and have never seen it out here. It's a cornmeal pudding with molasses and spices served warm topped with ice creAm. Nobody else in my party liked it but I loved it

Blonde was good, very large with Carmel sauce and ice cream, very good, but very sweet.

Peach pie , very good, nice peach flavor, one crust pie with a crumble topping. Crust was flaky and good.

Everyone liked the vanilla ice cream, it was creamy with good flavor. I would definitely order the ice cream as a sundae another time.

So glad to have this out here, we will definitely be back.

 
  1. J.L. Aug 18, 2013 05:33 PM

    Nice to hear from an NEer. Thanks for reporting back!

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      jessejames Aug 18, 2013 07:20 PM

      Clams look good. Do they do a clam roll too?

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        Servorg Aug 18, 2013 07:34 PM

        http://www.connieandteds.com/menu/

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          LisaN Aug 18, 2013 08:01 PM

          Yes they do, but I wanted the maximum clams possible. Clam rolls are served in traditional New England style,rolls

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            jessejames Aug 18, 2013 08:08 PM

            Nice!

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          carter Aug 18, 2013 08:33 PM

          Would love to like this place, but everyone comments that everything is either fried, smothered in a coating fo some kind, or buried in some kind of flavoring that sounds so unappealing.
          What's wrong with steamed clams? - Nothing to my way of thinking.
          Lobster & oysters - you can have my share, regardless of preparation.
          Desserts - likewise.
          Just don't get the allure of this place.
          NO, I am not from RI, but from LA!

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            LisaN Aug 18, 2013 08:48 PM

            carter, check out the menu, just because what we are ordering are fried doesn't mean that is the case. The catches of the day can be prepared plain, they have steamed shrimp, crabs, clams. There is a fish stew.

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              Dirtywextraolives Aug 18, 2013 09:06 PM

              NO, I am not from RI, but from LA!

              Exactly why you probably don't appreciate a restaurant such as this, and the fact this type of food, done well, is so hard to come by in LA.

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                Baron Aug 18, 2013 09:08 PM

                I had me some of the best Manhatten clam chowder ever. Followed by a perfectly sweet steamed lobster. Also some steamed soft shells. Nothing fried. ITs the TRAFIC that will keep me away.

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                  Porthos Aug 18, 2013 09:11 PM

                  Had a great meal there and didn't order anything fried.

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/904532

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                    Ciao Bob Aug 19, 2013 09:22 AM

                    <<What's wrong with steamed clams?>>
                    Nothing is "wrong" with steamed clams, except that no one took to time to properly fry them ;)

                    Actually, I loved the steamers at C/T and am looking forward to trying the fried ones.

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                      BacoMan Feb 23, 2014 08:28 AM

                      It's not 100% true, but it seems like everything you want eat on the menu is.

                      I went finally the other night, for the clams with bellies. The tables around us all seemed to order a single entree (either lobster roll + fries or hook burger + fries). And not much else (maybe raw oysters). I can't help but that that that is the way to go.

                      For two of us, we have the chowda sampler + a bow lot New England Chowder. An order of fried clams with bellies, and a lobster roll with hot butter. Then Indian Pudding, and Huckelberry Whoppie Pie. Also, a blackberry saison for drinking.

                      The meal was nice, but way too much. Maybe the combination was not good, but I calculated the calories to be over 2,000 per person, which is the entire daily allowance for most people in a single sitting. I was so full I couldn't eat for 24 hours.

                      If I did it again, I would either get just chowda + Indian Pudding, or just fried clams and fries.

                      The chowda's are good, though maybe not the absolute best versions ever. Very clammy though =)

                      The fried clams with bellies are just about the only real deal on the West Coast.

                      The Indian Pudding with homemade ice cream is a serious contender for best dessert in LA. Its luscious, creamy, sweet, but not too sweet...a little savory. It's perfect. The whoopie pie was mediocre by comparison, though not bad.

                      The lobster roll is ok, but has a bit too much paprika.

                      Good surprise of the night: the house-made ketchup is very good. Get malt vinegar for the fries anyway though =)

                      Bad surprise of the night: the house-made tartar sauce sucks (for me), because it's super creamy, but with not enough of the tartar flavor...very sad. If you love a super creamy, and not particularly relish-filled tartar sauce, I guess you'll be ok. I like something a little running, with more of a zing to it though.

                      All-in-all, I was semi-happy with the experience. I guess New England seafood is always pretty costly. I'm unsure of whether the meal I had was worth $60/person (tax + tip included). But on the other hand there's nothing else in the category that compares to it, and the beer list is excellent. Would I rather eat at Bucato, Bestia, Tar & Roses, Rustic Canyon, Bäco Mercat, etc...? Most nights probably so, but it's tough to directly compare.

                      I think if you want fried clams with bellies this may be your only legitimate option. I recommend sharing them though, because even though you only get about 10 of the clams, they are behemoths, and WILL put you down for the count.

                      You really need to come to Connie and Ted's knowing what you're getting into. It might have also been far more cost efficient to only get a single entree (the clams + bellies and fries alone is over 1,000 calories per serving and would leave you with approximately a $30 bill with tax + tip; and I feel that that is what you would order as a standalone meal in a New England seafood shack based on my time out East).

                      In the end, I feel it is weird that Connie & Ted's is listed as a potential candidate for best new restaurant in the James Beard Awards. It's more of a specialty restaurant that is good for very particular things, than an outright outstanding restaurant in every sense of the word.

                      On a final note though, you can get non-fried foods there, from a Portuguese fish stew, to seafood marinara, or lightly grilled calamari.

                      I would recommend going in as large a group as possible to share things.

                      All in all, I enjoyed it, but I wish I hadn't felt so sick after eating there. I am going to consider that my fault for over ordering and refusing to believe that the clams would stay good overnight though.

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                        foufou Feb 23, 2014 08:46 AM

                        I was surprised by James Beard nomination too....my dining experience and food were just OK. nothing really remarkable or memorable.

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                          foodiemahoodie Feb 24, 2014 01:28 AM

                          The nominees are not to be announced until March 18th.

                          Connie & Ted's was listed on the semi-finalist list. Which, by the way is...

                          Best New Restaurant
                          The 404 Kitchen, Nashville
                          Aragona, Seattle
                          Ardent, Milwaukee
                          Asta, Boston
                          Bar Sajor, Seattle
                          Betony, NYC
                          Brindille, Chicago
                          Carbone, NYC
                          Casa Rubia, Dallas
                          The Cavalier, San Francisco
                          Chi Spacca, Los Angeles
                          Connie and Ted’s, West Hollywood, CA
                          Coqueta, San Francisco
                          The Elm, Brooklyn, NY
                          Estela, NYC
                          Fish & Game, Hudson, NY
                          Izanami at Ten Thousand Waves, Santa Fe
                          Laurel, Philadelphia
                          MilkWood, Louisville, KY
                          MW, Honolulu
                          Nico Osteria, Chicago
                          Pêche, New Orleans
                          Pinewood Social, Nashville
                          Ribelle, Brookline, MA
                          Rose’s Luxury, Washington, D.C.
                          Serpico, Philadelphia
                          Tosca Cafe, San Francisco
                          Trois Mec, Los Angeles
                          Uncle Boons, NYC
                          Virtù, Scottsdale, AZ

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                            BacoMan Feb 24, 2014 01:36 AM

                            Yeah, mea culpa. I meant semi-finalist.

                            In LA, if Chi Spacca doesn't win it I won't be surprised, but very disappointed.

                            I with I was lucky enough to have been to all of the restaurants on that list though.

                            It still doesn't seem possible to me that Connie & Ted's is anywhere near Chi Spacca, or Trois Mec though.

                            I am really curious who the finalists will be though.

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                              foodiemahoodie Feb 24, 2014 08:40 AM

                              I've been to Chi Spacca once, Connie & Ted's half a dozen times. I think my experience at Connie & Ted's was more fun and satisfying. - and I stuff myself too much (but that's because I find the food somewhat addictive). I liked Chi Spacca a lot - the short ribs I had didn't quite connect with my hope and expectations (they were more like the Korean variant - thin, chewy and sweet. Did I like it? Yes, Loved? Not so much. But I'm going to get more excited over fried clams and good french fries that I will over Korean BBQ - which I never find myself craving. That's just a taste issue. And that might come into play with the Beard people. (they definitely have an east coast bias, and that could figure in their judging - C & T is a west-coast reverent bow to a humble east-coast cuisine. And it works for me.

                              Trois Mec? Their reservation policy (tickets!) leaves me confused, amused and a bit frustrated. The concept of an funky pizza joints works for me. And I supposed if I make a couple calls - i can get in. But I've yet to be knocked out by Ludo's cooking. And there are so many other places to go that I know i will like. I'll get their eventually.

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                                Servorg Feb 24, 2014 08:46 AM

                                As I've posted before, nothing I had at Chi Spacca made me want to return. If (and it's a big if) I ever return I'll try some of the other items like the pork chop of the giant steak and see if my opinion changes. As of now there are too many other places that beckon to make a return visit to CS...

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                                  ns1 Feb 24, 2014 10:59 AM

                                  the trotters @ chi spacca were legendary.

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                                    BacoMan Feb 24, 2014 11:09 AM

                                    Yeah, for sure. All of the cured meats are insane there. Colby is the master of salumi in LA. Even the stuff I don't love is still fascinating on his affettati mist board.

                                    Have you had his foaccia de recco? Seems weird for a meat shrine, but it's numinous perfection.

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                                      ns1 Feb 24, 2014 11:22 AM

                                      nah, only been once. did not expect to like the trotters at all, but it ended up being the most memorable dish (for me).

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                                        kevin Feb 24, 2014 11:38 AM

                                        Too bad.

                                        I still haven't gone to Charlie Trotters just yet.

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                                          BacoMan Feb 24, 2014 02:21 PM

                                          You never know how things will go there, but I have never had anything bad. I rarely feel like I can order just about anything on a menu and have it be mind-blowing.

                                          What else have you had there?

                                          I highly recommend going back to try the Moorish Lamb, Chicken Diavola, Tomahawk Chop, and Foccacia de Recco (also the whipped lardo with house bread, the house pkcles are great too).

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                                    BacoMan Feb 24, 2014 09:37 AM

                                    Weirdly enough, the one item I have avoided at Chi are the Korean short ribs. I just don't see the point in them being on the menu.

                                    I have had had almost every single other dish on the menu though.

                                    The only ones I have not had are the Veal Rack, Pork loin Al Latte, Razor Clams, and Branzino.

                                    I'm hoping to go soon and change that =D

                                    You should come with me! =D

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                                      foodiemahoodie Feb 24, 2014 02:23 PM

                                      Razor clams were delicious, but still had a little grit in there. I've never had a razor clam yet where someone has managed to remove all the grit.

                                      A challenge!

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                                        BacoMan Feb 24, 2014 02:31 PM

                                        I have heard that it's impossible to remove all of the grit. The staff have been trying to convince me to get the razor clams for ages though. I may finally relent next time, as an accompaniment with the veal.

                                        I LOVED the testa frittata actually. I think it's one of the most unique dishes anywhere in LA, with the Calabrian chills, prawns, and thick egg, with an incredibly viscous layer of the best headcheese I've ever tasted melted on top. Never had anything else like it, totally forgot!

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                                          foodiemahoodie Feb 24, 2014 07:19 PM

                                          I'll go with you sometime.

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                                            kevin Feb 24, 2014 07:25 PM

                                            Can I ride your Coattails too ?

                                            I'd love to hear some of those crazy larger than life stories. :)

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                              Dirtywextraolives Feb 23, 2014 08:54 AM

                              Just like any other animal from the wild, clams come in all different sizes, and they will vary in size, shape & taste depending on lots of factors, like season, ocean variables, and where they were harvested.

                              So I wouldn't generalize that all orders of fried clams will come with about ten huge ones....my order for the clam roll was filled with more than ten, and they were small to medium sized. Still delicious though, thanks for your report!

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                                BacoMan Feb 23, 2014 10:09 PM

                                I wasn't complaining about the 10 clams in the order. They were quite large, and overly filling.

                                Did you have the clams with bellies in the clam roll?

                                What else comes in the clam roll?

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                                  Dirtywextraolives Feb 24, 2014 07:51 AM

                                  I wasn't saying you were complaining about them. I was clarifying for the readers who may come across this thread that the size and amount of clams will vary.

                                  Yes, the whole clams come on the clam roll. They also put some lightly dressed cole slaw in the roll, which was fine for me, though not traditional. And it's on the same griddled roll as the lobster roll.

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                                foodiemahoodie Feb 23, 2014 11:12 PM

                                If you didn't like it all that much, then why did you overeat

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                                  BacoMan Feb 24, 2014 12:40 AM

                                  Like I said, it wasn't necessarily bad. And it didn't seem like the clams would survive a night int he fridge to me. I have a bad habit of being unable to throw good food way unfortunately, so I made the decision to eat the clams.

                                  The only thing that was outright bad to me was the tartar sauce. The clams themselves were not bad.

                                  I may have fucked up by eating them all and not believing I could save them for a night. That's why I didn't make a new post with a review.

                                  I think I was at least partially to blame for the less-than-stellar experience. Other than the tartar sauce... maybe just personal preference, but I've never had to resort to eating clams with ketchup before...

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                                    kevin Feb 24, 2014 10:36 AM

                                    You don't want your privileges revoked, now do you ????????

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                              chowseeker1999 Aug 19, 2013 03:28 PM

                              nice report lisa! :> i can't wait to try the clam bellies on my next visit.

                              one note from my own experience: i never had any of my lobster rolls "overwhelmed" with paprika or other spices. very weird. mine were always nearly perfect and my favorite lobster rolls in town.

                              can't wait to go back again. :>

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                                LisaN Aug 19, 2013 03:38 PM

                                Maybe someone got heavy handed with that one. Good to know

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                                  BacoMan Feb 23, 2014 08:29 AM

                                  I found the lobster roll to be overwhelmed the other night when I went.

                                  To me, the only really good lobster roll in LA is SoaG's. Maybe I am just not a lobster roll person though.

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                                    kevin Feb 23, 2014 10:54 AM

                                    I actually like lobsta truck.

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                                      ilysla Feb 23, 2014 10:47 PM

                                      I really liked the lobster roll at the Connie and Ted's, but I like Lobsta Truck better, if you're taking cost into account (I might still like it better, even if you don't).

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                                  pizzafreak Aug 20, 2013 08:04 PM

                                  After reading your report, and that of Baron who was at C&T the day before, and JG's review in Saturday's LA Times, I really looked forward to my first meal at C&T. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but after years of lusting for this kind of shellfish in LA and accepting BP Oysterette"s steamers because it was the only crap game in town, I was raring to go. First, let me give you my background. I was born and raised in Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, NY and was taken to Lundy's and Randazzo's, two of the better seafood restaurants adjacent to the docks in Sheepshead Bay before I went to grade school, so from an early age I knew the difference between good and bad looking and tasting shellfish.

                                  I arrived at C&T this evening 10 minutes before it opened at 5PM, and got a spot at a meter right in front of the incline leading up to the restaurant. A really good omen. When the doors opened I walked in and was impressed with what I saw. It is a good looking, well designed restaurant. I asked to be seated at the Oyster Bar, and was. I looked at some 8 feet of oysters stretched out in from of me, covered with ice, and to the left of the oysters was a lobster tank half full with crustaceans. I ordered a beer and looked at the menu. I knew that there was no way I could eat all the stuff I wanted, so I decided to start with a dozed assorted oysters, the rolls which were truly delicious, and a cup of Manhattan Clam Chowder. The oysters were good, fresh, cold and tasty. The chowder was not what I was used to, but again was good. I then discussed the rest of the order with my waitress, who suggested that I have the steamers, and then see if I had room for more. I agreed. Some 10 minutes later my plate of steamers was put before me. I immediately saw that the clams were very small, and that the cup with the broth was not just broth but some concoction. I asked the waitress what it was, and she said it was a salt broth. Never heard of that one before. I opened up a clam, peeled back the skin, dipped it into the broth and tasted it before I dipped it into the melted butter. Eech. Took that off the plate. Fortunately there was enough broth on the bottom of the dish to dip into, but it really didn't need any, since there was no sand in the clam. I bit into a clam, and knew that this was not a good taste. A good steamer, besides being twice as large as those served me is sweet, really sweet, and is a joy to eat. These were not. I told this to the waitress, who sent the manager to see me. I told him about the clams, and he said that sometimes they get large clams and sometimes small. I said that if they let their purveyor give them whatever they get from the East Coast without culling, there will be no consistency. I was terribly disappointed in the steamers. A Californian who has not had good steamers before would not know how it should look and taste, and might wonder what all the fuss is about. I am going back to C&T in a few weeks with some other people because I want to have the fried clams and lobster roll. The clams will be different because these come to the restaurant in a large pail, already shucked. I'll let you know what I think of the fried clams and lobster roll.

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                                    Dirtywextraolives Aug 20, 2013 08:55 PM

                                    I've got to say, as a former NE-er myself, you were pretty brave to order steamers there. Since I've lived here, close to 20 years, I haven't had the guts to order anything they call steamers out here. It just seems next to impossible, to me, to replicate the experience you grew up with on the east coast. Steamers are the smallest soft shelled clams. I'm assuming they are flying them in from the east coast, as you cannot get any soft shelled clams here, but I can't help but think I will be disappointed, as you were. Thanks for taking one for the team. PS - I think you will enjoy the fried clams & lobster roll much better, I certainly enjoyed mine.

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                                      Baron Aug 20, 2013 09:26 PM

                                      Quality Seafood at the Redondo Pier has live fresh Ipswich steamers in tanks. You can pick out the ones you like. They will steam them or you can take them home. They have all sorts of shell fish live and fresh.

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                                        Dirtywextraolives Aug 20, 2013 09:31 PM

                                        Thank you, I have yet to make it there....thanks for the reminder!

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                                          pizzafreak Aug 21, 2013 01:08 AM

                                          Thanks, Baron. I'll go there and give it a try.

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                                            pizzafreak Aug 21, 2013 01:11 AM

                                            I couldn't care less. When they purport to be a quality eastern clam shack and serve a dish that is IMO less than acceptable, they open themselves up to criticism.

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                                          Baron Aug 20, 2013 09:08 PM

                                          Hi Pizza. My experience with the steamers was better than yours. I remember Lundy's. when I get in the mood for steamers I go to the Redondo Pier and steam em at home.
                                          I would like to have bluefish bet never see it in LA. All the good seafood houses have disappeared. Like Jack's at the beach. I'll give Connie n Teds another try. I just wish they were on the westside. They've only been open a couple of months. I'd like to hear about how they do with grilled fish.

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                                            Porthos Aug 20, 2013 09:23 PM

                                            We had the simply grilled alaska halibut. It was perfectly grilled and moist. Portion was small. There was no way it was enough as an entree.

                                            They had bluefish on the menu the night we were there.

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                                            Porthos Aug 20, 2013 09:12 PM

                                            I said that if they let their purveyor give them whatever they get from the East Coast without culling, there will be no consistency
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                                            I wonder how the manager and Chef Cimarusti felt about you telling them how to better run a restaurant business.

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                                              linus Aug 21, 2013 08:19 AM

                                              i'm going to agree with porthos here. i mean, o.k., you didn't like the steamers. i get that.
                                              but do you really think they know "less" about steamers than the average east coaster?
                                              i mean, they are professionals, aren't they?

                                          3. Wayno Aug 21, 2013 09:02 AM

                                            OMG, "Indian pudding!!" Haven't had that in decades, since being taken to Durgin Park in Boston when my folks would come visit me in college there.

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                                              Tulkinghorn Aug 23, 2013 03:49 PM

                                              Great fish and chips... But the lack of NE skills was apparent. Oysters were brought AT THE SAME TIME as our entrees. Apparently this was not a mistake, but their lunchtime policy.

                                              They took the entrees back and gave us fresh ones after a decent interval, but really.

                                              This would never happen at Neptune's or B&G in Boston... And that's what I thought we were getting.

                                              Also oysters were not of the highest freshness. At $3.00 each they should be....

                                              1. Beachowolfe Aug 23, 2013 07:24 PM

                                                Coming from Mass as well... Oysters were shucked perfectly which is a big deal (IMO) and the stuffed quohogs were really tasty.

                                                I thought the clams at the bottom of the pile were a little soggy, I don't mind this if I'm getting a pound of them in a styrofoam to go container but when I'm paying restaurant prices I would like to have them all nice and crispy. Not a deal breaker by any means. There were some nice big bellies in there. Maybe I just need to get to the bottom of the pile faster next time.

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                                                  Dirtywextraolives Aug 23, 2013 08:06 PM

                                                  Finally! Someone has tried the stuffed quahogs! And a person from Mass to boot. Now I must get back there. Quickly.

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                                                    LisaN Aug 24, 2013 08:37 AM

                                                    Good, more people from the east coast. It seems like we are the majority who like and get this place. Sorry your clams were soggy at the bottom, mine were ok, maybe I just ate mine faster than you! Finding a big belly is like finding a treasure"

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                                                      J.L. Aug 26, 2013 07:05 PM

                                                      Treasure. I has it.

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                                                      foodiemahoodie Aug 26, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                      Yes, eat faster.

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                                                      latindancer Aug 24, 2013 10:40 PM

                                                      My 6pm reservation tonight brought four of us to C&T's.

                                                      We began the meal with 2 orders of clam fritters and 2 orders of the 'stuffies', mainly based on the LA Times report.

                                                      We, collectively, found the clam fritters fine, with a few pieces of clams to be rather tough.
                                                      All-in-all a little bland. The stuffies were overpowered with a little too much of the peppers. We left a few on the dish and they were taken away.

                                                      We each had the Manhattan chowder...I've read someone say 'it's the best I've ever had'...I'd like to know where they've eaten it before this place. This was average, at best overseasoned with way too much salt in my opinion. But, of course, I compare every chowder I meet to some very special chowders I love in San Francisco and Seattle.

                                                      Onto the entrees...
                                                      My love affair with all things 'oyster' has been a long journey. I could eat them day and night, raw or fried or in stew.
                                                      This restaurant offers them fried in a sandwich which I ordered. I can honestly say the best thing about the sandwich was the bread. The oysters weren't anything special and I left the majority of it uneaten, including the mediocre coleslaw.
                                                      Someone else had the grilled salmon. It was over cooked and underseasoned. They ordered a side of Mac and cheese which was actually excellent....very rich and tasty.
                                                      The highlight of the meal was the fried clams...they were exactly as remembered from back east. Excellent.
                                                      The fish stew was okay....nothing special served, I've had much better elsewhere, with some sort of bread stick which was good.
                                                      We were all so excited to experience what appears to be, based on some much I've read, LA's answer to all things fish. I love good seafood and am very accustomed to the finest. I so wished for this place to be great.
                                                      We left without eating dessert. Unless I have some compelling reason to return, I highly doubt I will.

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                                                        Baron Aug 25, 2013 07:49 AM

                                                        Such a shame. Maybe they got too successful too fast and just can't be consistent. I experienced none of your complaints. Maybe their operation is just too big or too ambitious. Too many choices for everything to be perfect and fresh. When it comes to seafood, freshness and consistency is everything.

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                                                          Baron Aug 25, 2013 08:12 AM

                                                          Hello Latindancer. So where do you go for great seafood? Once you experience freshly caught seafood right off the boat it's hard to duplicate in a restaurant. Even the best restaurants are hit or miss. Sounds like we are on the same quest to find that great fish house. The good ones are gone. Any recommendations from you would b appreciated.
                                                          Thanks

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                                                            jessejames Aug 25, 2013 08:38 AM

                                                            Had a nice grilled spiny lobster at the lobster. Not cheap but sweet and well cooked. First time there. Scallops good too. We opted for simple garlic butter sear on those.

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                                                              latindancer Aug 25, 2013 08:50 AM

                                                              I truly wish I could help you, Baron.

                                                              I transplanted here from the Northwest many years ago. I fully expected there (wishful thinking on my part), to be stellar seafood in LA.
                                                              After searching, high and low, for what I was raised with I came to the conclusion LA's just not the place to find it.
                                                              When I travel back to the places that I dream about then I've got my fill for a few more months until I return again.

                                                              "Freshly caught seafood right off the boat" is easily duplicated (from my experience anyway) in a restaurant. I've got my favorite fish and chip shacks, restaurants and clam chowder counters where the food is so fresh and simply prepared that the people waiting in those long lines will not settle for less. They know excellence when they smell it, sense it and taste it. Unfortunately, these places aren't in LA.

                                                              When I need a 'fix' I travel north, up the coast, toward Alaska :).

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                                                                linus Aug 25, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                i wonder if this is a fair comparison. i don't think any of the kinds of seafood you're looking for live in the ocean around here.
                                                                so isn't expecting that kind of seafood in los angeles akin to expecting that kind of seafood in, i don't know, st. louis or minneapolis?

                                                                there are plenty of excellent seafood and fish houses in the los angeles. they're called sushi parlors, chinese restaurants and places for mariscos.

                                                                it's possible there are no businesspersons who think there is a big enough market for the kinds of things you're speaking of.

                                                                of course, i don't know. just speculating.

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                                                                  latindancer Aug 25, 2013 09:15 AM

                                                                  Don't get me wrong...

                                                                  Once I heard about Coni's in Inglewood from Westsidegal I was on it like flies to...
                                                                  It's excellent, absolutely stellar, for what it is and I return time and time again.

                                                                  I love great sushi and I've found my favorites here in LA and Orange County.
                                                                  Chinese restaurants? Sure.
                                                                  To make a great clam chowder, whether it be Manhattan or New England or whatever...shouldn't be that difficult for a restaurant here in LA or anywhere else, for that matter.
                                                                  I've eaten seafood in places, several hundred miles inland, I would have never expected to be good and came away actually shocked it was as fabulous as it was.
                                                                  The salmon preparation last night was unforgivable. It tasted like it'd been underseasoned, overcooked and left to sit under a heat lamp.
                                                                  Based on the fight to land a reservation, the valet parking jam and the amount of people inhaling the food I'm sure my opinion is irrelevant. I'm just one little 'fish in the sea'.

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                                                                    jessejames Aug 25, 2013 09:17 AM

                                                                    Always thought providence wicked overrated. Foam and mirrors.

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                                                                      latindancer Aug 27, 2013 07:05 AM

                                                                      I don't think you're alone in your thinking, jessejames.

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                                                                        budlit Dec 2, 2013 07:52 AM

                                                                        Agree

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                                                                          JAB Dec 2, 2013 08:04 AM

                                                                          I'm much less interested in Providence after my Connie & Teds experience.

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                                                                          Baron Aug 25, 2013 10:20 AM

                                                                          You nailed it Latindancer...about C&T. Not sure they will live up to the hype. Believe it or not, Enterprise Fish Co has much much improved. Very satisfied with the quality, service, price, parking. They are busy at times as well they should be. Its also very casual and "earthy" compared to C&T. You can even bring your dog if you sit in the patio.

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                                                                        eams Aug 25, 2013 06:48 PM

                                                                        If you are in Oxnard, Fishermen's Catch was started by fishing families up from San Pedro. They serve local seafood, live when possible and cooked simply. We need to encourage more places like this!

                                                                        http://www.fishermenscatch.com/

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                                                                          ns1 Aug 25, 2013 10:26 PM

                                                                          eh, i made the trek, ordered the most popular sampler, and was not impressed.

                                                                          i get better seafood at my local fish dish. maybe things would have been better if i splurged for the $30/lb live santa barbara spot prawn.

                                                                      3. re: Baron
                                                                        Moomin Aug 25, 2013 09:04 AM

                                                                        It isn't perfect, but if fresh off the docks is what you want, Berth 55 in Long Beach definitely provides it:

                                                                        http://www.yelp.com/biz/berth-55-fish...

                                                                        I used to go once a week as a kid, it's been there for 40 years. The rumor is that they may be forced to close due to a major dock expansion later this year, so get there quick if you're motivated.

                                                                        Mind you, it isn't a particularly "East Coast" experience. Not at all.

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                                                                      lizziee Aug 27, 2013 07:56 AM

                                                                      Finally weighing in. Have been to Connie and Ted's twice and both times have been fantastic. I am a Bostonian so I know my fried clams and chowda - both were as good as you can get in Boston.

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                                                                        Ciao Bob Aug 27, 2013 08:41 AM

                                                                        I wonder if "weighing in" is the best verb phrase for a chowhound to use? I prefer to add my two cents than to call attention to how much I might weigh after a giant -- and delicious -- meal at Connie & Ted's last weekend.

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                                                                          Servorg Aug 27, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                                          We all know the "way in" and just need to close it down earlier in the intake "process". Then the "weigh in" will be more to our liking...(g)

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                                                                            foodiemahoodie Aug 27, 2013 02:30 PM

                                                                            It is possible to put together a delicious, reasonably-low cal/carb, high protein meal at C & T.

                                                                            And someday I will attempt just that.

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                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Aug 27, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                                            Did you try all three chowdahs, lizziee? What did you think?

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                                                                              lizziee Aug 28, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                                              Yes, we tried all three. My Boston upbringing means that I am definitely partial to the New England Clam "Chowda!"

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                                                                            foufou Nov 30, 2013 06:53 AM

                                                                            First visit last night....found the food bland (salt was really lacking in the preparation!) and disappointing. Had the steamers, fish and chips, oysters, and spinach. The spinach was the highlight of the meal because it was so flavorful from the wonderful pork bits. I may return for the fried clams but not before visiting Water Grill in its new location and Fishing with Dynamite. This is a year where I have had wonderful seafood meals in the Midwest and East Coast so my expectations may have been too high.

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                                                                              pizzafreak Dec 1, 2013 07:57 AM

                                                                              I was there for lunch last week and had their fried clams about 1 month after my East coast trip to Fried Ipswich Clams in Ipswich. C&T measures up very well against IFC. I also noticed that C&T has changed their chowders, and now they are more of a traditional kind than before. Thank goodness!!!

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                                                                                foufou Dec 1, 2013 08:22 AM

                                                                                Glad that you were not disappointed...I should have noted that the quality of the seafood was beyond reproach so the raw oysters were great; however, the prepared seafood was unremarkable and lacking flavor.

                                                                            2. mucho gordo Dec 1, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                              I am in love with this menu. It has all the good things I miss from CT. I wish they had been there before we moved.

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                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Dec 1, 2013 07:20 PM

                                                                                It's great, mucho. Everything I've had hits a home run.....

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                                                                                  mucho gordo Dec 2, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                                  Then, please do me a favor; the next time you come to Vegas, please, please stop there and pick up some stuff for me. To show our appreciation, you will be our guest for dinner at Via Brasil.Unfortunately, I may have to be in LA next month for a day. If possible, I'll try to make a stop there.

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                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Dec 2, 2013 11:25 AM

                                                                                    I would!! The RI chowder is delicious, the clam cakes are true and well done, the CT lobster roll was perfect. The clam roll was great - perfectly fried. The rolls are grilled and rich with butter. Even the burger was really good, reminiscent of the cheeseburgers I'd get at a drive in at the shore. I want to order about five things when I go, but it's so rich I can't do more than two things! So I'm slowly making my way through the whole menu. Perhaps the NE seafood shack trend will take off significantly enough that it will spread to Vegas.... I'm surprised they don't have an outpost yet.

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                                                                                      kevin Dec 2, 2013 11:30 AM

                                                                                      Damn, and I still have yet to make it there.

                                                                                      Darn, that turkey week. etc.

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                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Dec 2, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                                                        I'm always up to go back :)

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                                                                                          Wayno Dec 3, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                                                          Maybe some of us Connecticut expats can rendezvous at C&T?

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                                                                                            Dirtywextraolives Dec 3, 2013 07:09 PM

                                                                                            Sounds like a plan. You know where to find me ;)

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                                                                                              kevin Dec 3, 2013 07:24 PM

                                                                                              Are non-expats allowed to ?

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                                                                                                Dirtywextraolives Dec 4, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                                                                Only you, kev.... ;0)

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                                                                                                  kevin Dec 4, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                                                                  Good to hear. :)

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                                                                                                JudiAU Feb 24, 2014 08:52 PM

                                                                                                Mr. JudiAU was raised in CT and still has no idea what a CT roll is. However, he very much likes C&,

                                                                                                It requires some careful ordering to not end up feeling fried yourself and I really don't like any of their condiments. But I don't need condiments really.

                                                                                                The sorbets are OUTRAGEOUS.

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                                                                                                  carter Feb 24, 2014 09:00 PM

                                                                                                  Thanks for the recommendation for sorbets.
                                                                                                  I now have at least ONE justification to try this place, albeit for all the wrong reasons. Maybe sit at the bar for lunch, grab a whatever sounds good, and sorbet for dessert!

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                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Feb 25, 2014 07:52 AM

                                                                                                    It's a hot sandwich, with the lobster sautéed in butter, as opposed to a Maine lobster roll which is served cold with a dressed lobster salad.

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                                                                                                      JudiAU Feb 25, 2014 02:09 PM

                                                                                                      We've tried it -- very tasty. I just Mr. judiau didn't recognize and nor did his mom and no one else they asked living in CT.

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                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Feb 25, 2014 05:33 PM

                                                                                                        Perhaps they didn't live in close proximity to the shore?

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                                                                                                kevin Dec 2, 2013 02:08 PM

                                                                                                And the Connecticut roll sounds right up my alley.

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                                                                                            whatsfordinner Dec 2, 2013 01:16 PM

                                                                                            I agree. My favorites though are the fried clams with bellies and everything from the raw bar, especially the clams.

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                                                                                          susiequeue Feb 24, 2014 08:22 PM

                                                                                          So, we went to C&T on the night it opened and I wrote about it. Now we are going back on March 8 with friends and it will be VERY interesting to see how we like it...

                                                                                          We LIKED the soups -- notably the Rhode Island Clam Chowder -- and weren't too keen on the pricey, drinks du soir nor (to our surprise) the daily grilled fish. (Jonathan Gold agreed with me. I LOVED that!)

                                                                                          So I've been reading the more recent reviews. (Not much new news!!) I might have the Lobster Roll since I've never had a Lobster Roll -- and we even went to Maine last October. (I forgot!)

                                                                                          Anyway, I've lowered my expectations considerably. Even tho we LOVED Providence a coupla years ago, I don't expect much from C&T this time 'round. Would you??

                                                                                          I'll keep ya posted!!!!

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                                                                                            phamschottler Feb 25, 2014 09:54 AM

                                                                                            Highly recommend Ed's Portuguese Fish Stew and the Whole Porgy (bones and all) Grilled Catch of the Day.

                                                                                            And I loved the Indian Pudding too. I realize its based on an American Indian dessert, but the combination of molasses and vanilla tasted almost like garam masala. Spicy, warm, and comforting.

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                                                                                              carter Feb 25, 2014 10:34 AM

                                                                                              For anyone liking the Indian Pudding, is it similar to bread pudding? Because if so, there is a very very good bread pudding at the Weho Bistro on La Cienega @ Holloway, behind the CVS store on SM Blvd @ La Cienega.
                                                                                              And with around 80 parking stalls, convenience factor is high.
                                                                                              Also, some very good brunchish kinds of food for midday, and a few very good dinner specials, with Shrimp Provencal high on my favorites list.

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                                                                                                phamschottler Feb 25, 2014 11:07 AM

                                                                                                carter, the Indian Pudding was more like a warm spice cake and almost dense like a brownie. I don't like bread pudding, and rarely eat it, so I can't really compare.

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                                                                                                  kevin Feb 25, 2014 01:36 PM

                                                                                                  80 parking stalls ???????

                                                                                                  I thought Connie and Ted's was just valet only ?????

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                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives Feb 25, 2014 01:49 PM

                                                                                                    It's not valet only, you can park on the street too.

                                                                                                    Carter was referring to another place, not C&T's......

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                                                                                                      kevin Feb 25, 2014 01:51 PM

                                                                                                      i forgot i also went a few months back.

                                                                                                      lobster roll was ok, sundaes were ok.

                                                                                                      i guess i'm in the minority, but i wasn't a fan sadly.

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                                                                                                        Dirtywextraolives Feb 25, 2014 01:55 PM

                                                                                                        I think it's biggest fans are those of us who grew up eating this type of food often.....and have been craving it ever since we moved out here.....

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                                                                                                          kevin Feb 25, 2014 01:58 PM

                                                                                                          Yeah, probably.

                                                                                                          I did like the lobsta truck's lobster roll a lot, but then again you have a point there. i didn't grow up on the real deal NE stuff.

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