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May 10, 2014 01:00 PM

New England "Clam Shack" Style Food in L.A./O.C. ?

I'm looking for New England-style "Clam Shack" Food in my area. You know: Whole Belly Clams, Clam Cakes, Scallops, etc. all deep fried.
I've tried various places @ Ports O' Call and Redondo Pier, but they're
just not the same. Neighborhood and ambiance not important.

thanks in advance,

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    1. Blue Plate Oysterette in Santa Monica.

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      1. re: foodiemahoodie

        I see the unlit neon oyster sign for then on third and crescent hts. I'm looking forward to trying it. Anything in am that rivals Connie and teds or littlefork? Good oysters can frankly be enough

      2. The recs so far are not equivalent. The menu prices are way too high and the atmosphere too formal to compare them to a shack. Though I haven't been to Connie and Ted's, BPO and Littlefork left me wanting something better. So far I can't think of a place in la which meets the requirements put out by the OP.

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        1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

          Ambiance not important.
          Many same dishes.
          This is la.
          For ambiance but crap food there's neptunes net. Not too crappy for me.

          1. re: jessejames

            I would argue they are not the same dishes. If for example the Op described a Hawkin's burger and everyone suggested they go to Father's office I would suggest it's not the same beast even though both serve hamburgers. It took me many years to get over it. Now instead I'd go to Isaan Station and order Som Dtum Bhu Mah with Pickled blue Crab and wait till I get back to Mass for my Fried Clam and Lobster Roll fix.

          2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

            I have yet to find seafood as affordable as back east. I sure miss Florida for seafood. So I feel the pain of the OP.

            1. re: gr8pimpin

              I agree but think about it, this seafood is not available to us in our back yards, or ocean as it is to NE and hence why the prices are greater.

            2. re: Mattapoisett in LA

              They may not be equivalent in the purest sense, but they are as close to that style of food that you're going to find here, it's as simple as that.

              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                I would argue it is not worth it. This is the main reason i haven't been to Connie and Ted's yet. I don't want to be disappointed once again. The place which came closest was a little place at the Pike in LB called Lawton's Famous Frankfurters. Unfortunately they closed in 6 months.

                Explore what LA does have which is great. You can't find a fish taco like Ricky's In NE. Go through this DOTM thread for fried food to find something which will knock your socks off.

                Make new food memories to augment the old ones and have the Fried Clams etc back in NE.

                1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                  You're missing out. The fried clam roll at Connie and teds is nice and so is a lot of the other stuff. Lobstahs what's not to like?

                  1. re: jessejames

                    People said that about Menemsha. Folks claimed it about Blue Plate Oysterette and Hungry Cat etc, etc, etc. I guess I'm really a tough critic when it comes to NE seafood. I have specific taste and texture memories for it. Having a high school kid take a batch of fried clams out of the fryer, into a toasted roll and into your hands at the window counter in about a minute gives you a very different dish than one that waits a few minutes for a runner to get it from the kitchen to your table. This is why I don't patronize Jasper White's Summer Shack in the Boston area, it's not the same thing as Oxford Creamery in Mattapoisett or Woodman's or the Clam Box in Ipswich. It's kind of like getting the Pibil at Rivera, when you really want it from Flor de Yucatan or Chichen Itza

                    1. re: Mattapoisett in LA

                      I've been to clam shacks throughout the southwestern and eastern CT coastline, to Westerly RI and all points north, all the way up through the Gold Coast in Maine & every where in between. C&T'S is the best approximation with BPO being a close second. BPO is quite small and it doesn't take long to get to you from the fryer, I don't think they even have runners. They may not be exactly the same, but I've yet to be disappointed and I'm a very tough critic. I don't get to go back to my hometowns often enough, so these places hit the right spots and make me very happy. But that's okay with me if you don't want to partake; one less body to fight with for a seat at the bar......

                    2. re: jessejames

                      And there is certainly not a huge difference in the lobsters, for G's sake they're flying them in live from the Atlantic, so I've noticed no taste difference. Same with the Ipswich clams....

              2. Connie & Ted's
                Salt Air

                C&T is the only place that does RI clam cakes.

                1. i don't think there can be something similar, especially in price. a new england clam shack serves seafood found within miles. local. cost reflects that. we don't get the same types of stuff on this coast. that said Connie and Ted has some good stuff. but more shacky would be malibu seafood and neptunes net.