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scallops for lunch

Hey,
My friend really enjoys scallops and I have never tried them. Where would be the best place to get them Friday for lunch. Many restaurants have them for dinner but not lunch. I was thinking of trying Connie & Teds. We will be in Culver City but I don't mind driving for good food.

Thanks in advance

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  1. according to their website, k-zo in culver city offers two hot scallop dishes for lunch in addition to the scallop sushi/sashimi items that they normally offer.

    1. Providence
      Connie & Teds (lunch on Fri Sat Sun only)
      Son of a Gun

      1. Water Grill? Tavern may do a good scallop salad as I recall

        1. Palomino in Westwood has the most delicious scallop dish - dipped in asiago and lightly fried; I had it served with broccolini rather than rice - this is on the dinner menu - not sure if its available for lunch but worth the drive, that good.

          1. Just checked the Palomino lunch menu and the asiago scallops are on the menu, $17.

            1. The only way I like my scallops is seared with a simple seasoning...salt and pepper.
              I love them at Grill on the Alley in BH.
              Also, Craft does a great job.

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              1. re: latindancer

                done nicely and simply with salad at gulfstream...im a big fan of the grill too.

                1. re: jessejames

                  You and I think along the same lines :).

                  Gulfstream does a great job with them...
                  I'm a big fan of the dover sole & the scallops you described at Gulfstream...simply seasoned, well prepared and the service is always impeccable.

                  1. re: latindancer

                    i do enjoy gulfstream too -- and call me crazy but i miss the old food court that used to be in that part of the mall with the mongolian bbq...

                    if you like simply prepared seafood and a nice setting, we had a lovely dinner at the lobster with terrific service (waiter:ryan). i was skeptical about this spot but it delivered.

                    1. re: latindancer

                      The Grill does a very good Dover Sole. I am referring to the real, imported Dover Sole. Not the cheep local Pacific sole.

                      1. re: Baron

                        Yes, The Grill *does* do a great job with the real Dover Sole...
                        It's one of my favorites in the city, actually.

                  2. re: latindancer

                    1) i've never had anything but absolutely top notch food at Grill on the Alley.
                    if they serve scallops, that's where i'd go.
                    i hereby withdraw my earlier recommendation(it's too late to edit it out) and throw my vote behind Grill on the Alley.

                    2) respectfully disagree with the palomino recommendation.
                    imho, if this is the first time you're trying scallops, which have a very light delicate flavor, i'd recommend having them prepared simply so that you can taste the SCALLOP flavor and texture.

                    i'd especially want them NOT to be prepared with ANY cheese, much less a cheese like asiago, that depending on aging, can be extremely pungent and has a very heavy, uncompromising flavor. a coating of asiago will also change the mouthfeel of the scallops almost completely.

                    when i went to piccolo for DineLA week they served a scallop dish that, although beautiful, imho, was completely ruined by dabs of a pungent cheesy sauce.
                    would not want a similar thing happening to you.

                    1. re: westsidegal

                      agree on the alley -- consistently good. Real nice soft shell crabs there recently, and sometimes they have those stone crabs like Joes in Miami.

                      nothin wrong with the fried scallop tacos at senor fish downtown either!

                      1. re: jessejames

                        I really need to get over and try those scallop tacos...they sound delicious.

                        All of the food you mention at The Grill is stellar....I've had the soft shell crabs and once again they're done simply....
                        No over--the-top seasoning or additional additives.
                        It's my type of seafood.

                      2. re: westsidegal

                        I'm not sure why chefs insist on covering up the taste of a very fresh piece of seafood with additives like cheese or peppers or chorizo or ham or cream or whatever else they can come up with. So many of them mask the flavor of the fish and it's left tasting terrible, in my opinion.
                        I suppose they try to become inventive and creative but when doing so they, in my opinion, ruin it. I go very simple with fish. It's why I love *your* Coni's. He is a genius with seafood and he understands how to maximize the flavors.
                        I believe The Grill does too.

                        1. re: latindancer

                          I agree! U might also enjoy the grilled langoustines at piccolo Paradiso. Special but the have em most days. So sweet. I'm looking for good sand dabs!

                          1. re: jessejames

                            Joel's in Venice has san dabs for their pre fix lunch and about the tastiest I've found in LA.

                            1. re: Baron

                              Will have to try. Not been there in a long time. Thanks.

                            2. re: jessejames

                              I've not had the langoustines at Piccolo but I think I've tried everything else on the menu and love it all. Their pasta dishes are wonderful.

                              With sand dabs I've made them at home a few times, ordered them in Santa Barbara and loved them, but never really found any place that does them justice in LA.

                              Years ago I remember hearing that Musso & Frank does a great job but I suppose a hunt for the ultimate sand dab could be in the future :).

                              1. re: latindancer

                                Forget Musso and Frank for Sand Dabs. I was there a few weeks ago and ordered them...hoping they would be as I remembered..They were not. Tasted like something frozen from Trader Joes. Like I told JessieJames: Joe's in Venice does a great job with them at lunch time. About 1/2 the price of M&F.

                                1. re: Baron

                                  I'll go with Joe's then :). I love the place and their food. If the sand dabs are as good as they sound then I'm all in.

                                  Thanks for the update for M&F.

                                  1. re: latindancer

                                    I'm down with trying Joes too.

                                    The last place I had em where they were good was Smitty's Grill in Pas.

                            3. re: latindancer

                              I'm not sure why chefs insist on covering up the taste of a very fresh piece of seafood with additives like cheese or peppers or chorizo or ham or cream or whatever else they can come up with. So many of them mask the flavor of the fish and it's left tasting terrible, in my opinion.
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                              Couldn't agree more.

                              Along those lines, the scallop ceviche at Little Fork is great.

                              1. re: ipsedixit

                                Thanks for the reminder to get back to Little Fork.
                                Love all the food I've tried and now my intent is to get there and try the ceviche.

                        2. Providence is only open for lunch on Friday. I'm pretty sure Santa Monica Seafood has a scallop dish.

                          1. spicy scallop hand roll at Blue Fish in Montrose