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Sep 1, 2013 10:37 AM

FRIED FISH - LA Dish of the Month (September 2013)

FRIED FISH - LA Dish of the Month (September 2013)

The dish of the month for Los Angeles for September 2013 is Fried Fish.

Here's a link to the voting thread:

The goal is to collectively try as many versions of fried fish as possible during the month of September. All iterations of fried fish are fair game – but if we can, folks, can we limit it to fish and not all seafood? It wouldn't be exactly fair since "fried seafood" was never nominated as a category, and to change mid-course during the voting round is a bit syncopic. I think it's a great category nonetheless and maybe we can have it for another month. Thanks a bunch for understanding.

So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

Here's looking at you, Dirtywextraolives ... kevin and I are both looking forward to that martinin and some good home cooked meatballs!


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  1. Wow, no one has posted yet ?

    8 Replies
    1. re: kevin

      I had some raw fish and fried seafood. Close, but not quite.

      1. re: kevin

        Those who voted for it should take the lead don't you think?

              1. re: Porthos

                Doing my best, friend, doing my best..... Still have n/naka to look forward to next week, can't wait...... Not expecting any fried fish tho..... ;)

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  Dish of the month should have been summer truffles! Doing Shunji end of the month for mom's b-day and requested the truffle rice. Could have been a pair to your abalone truffle pasta. ;)

                  Looking forward to your report!

        1. I'll play -
          Fried whole fish at Merkato

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          1. re: WildSwede

            I didn't vote for fried fish because I never eat fried fish. I eat raw fish, broiled fish, steamed fish, poached fish, barbequed fish but never do I eat fried fish.

            1. re: maudies5

              Wow, not even the anago tempura at Otafuku? or Hannosuke?

              Eel is fish, FYI.

              1. re: maudies5

                Well said.
                Just avoid fried fish.
                Why ruin fish with the frying process, whether in the San Gabriel valley (where it is frequently offered), or any other area where it is mostly served by those specializing in it, aka King's Head, Robin's Hood, and that British concept of "good food"?

                1. re: carter

                  because fried fish is delicious. there is a textural contrast that you do not get when you steam, poach, or pan sear.

                  1. re: carter

                    Best fish dishes in SGV are live and steamed. The fried ones are cheap and not bad for $5.95 on lunch specials.

                    1. re: Porthos

                      not arguing there. fried fish is still delicious, and like you mentioned, cheap as hell.

                      1. re: ns1

                        i agree.

                        when done right, it is in fact pretty fucking delicious.

                        1. re: kevin

                          Yes. Indeed Kevin. I just came back from Southern Louisiana where I had a might spectacular whole fried catfish at Middendorf's. An fried Grouper Collar(!) at Peche. Sadly, it was not in this La.

                          1. re: kevin

                            Yes. Indeed Kevin. I just came back from Southern Louisiana where I had a might great whoole fried catfish at Middendorff's. Sadly, it was not in the La.

                      2. re: carter

                        You have no idea what you are talking about.

                        Most fried fish dishes are not found in the SGV.

                        And well fried fish can be delicious. If you've never had good fried fish, then I pity you.

                        And don't even get me started on Filet-O-Fish ...

                  2. Gus's in South Pasadena has excellent fried catfish..

                    1. Connie & Ted's has an excellent version of fish and chips, made with haddock, I believe....

                            1. re: wienermobile

                              Weinermobile you tease! That picture is straight off the website!

                              Unfortunately the count is still 0 reports for the month ;-( *winky frown face*

                              1. re: wienermobile

                                Agree that the anago was perhaps the best fried item. It was crispy, and the fish was hot and was flavorful especially for a white fish. That being said some of the other items seemed like they spent too much time under a heat lamp, losing their crispiness. I did go around 4 o clock on a Saturday...was quite slow in the food court