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Search for the Elusive Fried Clam, Part 4 - Found it!

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I had trouble getting owner gary Vincent at FFFF in Hermosa to return calls at some point so I'm not sure he ever actually ordered the clams and I finally gave up. You can call him at 310-379-5550. Aftre 10+ yrs, I happened to get back to Boston and pigged out several times on really good clams, some with bellies so big, I didn't even want to eat them (guess that makes me a bit of a clam wimp), which convinces me that I might be happy with the clams at Sonny's, which I will try someday, or that place near Anaheim.. I pass the torch to whomever wants to carry it at FFFF. Sorry!

Aug 20, 2009
deanalt in Los Angeles Area

Search for the Elusive Fried Clam, Part 4 - Found it!

After a few unreturned calls, I finally connected with FFFF's owner, Gary, and he said he just returned from Boston (which I know to be true) and got his new supplier in place (Chatham Fish Market) and is waiting for a few more 70 degrees days (I guess because he's right at the pier) to order a bushel of clams. Says he expects it will be the week before Memorial Day (which is when I am in Boston for a few days) or the week after. My sense is that I should remind him just before I leave town, so let's hope for the week after, at which point, I'll have the memory of the real thing fresh in my head, for a good assessment.

Cross your fingers. I'll report back.

May 06, 2009
deanalt in Los Angeles Area

Best Veggie Burger you've had?

This is second hand, since I am no veggie person, but my daughter is and her new find is the veggie burger at LA Food Show, which is a CPK spinoff. Right now, there is one in Manhattan Beach and one in Beverly Hills but, if it's like CPK, there will be more coming soon! I know she likes the one at Houston's, in case that helps establish her credibility.

Off the veggie burger topic slightly, she also loves Veggie Grill and I keep telling her about a place called The Spot in Hermosa having been around forever, but she keeps going back to Veggie Grill. Can anyone compare the two places for her? They're both vegan, right?

Apr 29, 2009
deanalt in Los Angeles Area

Fried clams

Don't feel dumb Phurstluv, it was an old thread but I re-entered it just today, so I may have given it new life, I hope! That said, I'm really confused. I replied in the middle of the Part 3 thread and, later, could not find my post but just stumbled on it here. Ditto for a response I saw from you on Part 4 yesterday that talked about Revere (Reve-aa) but soon dissappeared from that thread. I'm guessing that, if you try to reply to a post in the middle of a thread, it soon moves it somewhere slightly off-line. Perhaps you veterans can tell me how this works.

And that is why Matt and Dommy didn't need to reference the original thread above. It was in that thread that I first noticed the Original Fish company and tried to give it new life, yet it ended up here. Srange happenings.

Apr 29, 2009
deanalt in Los Angeles Area

Tuna Fish Sandwich

As long as someoone else has already dared bring up diners, I will note that I very much like the tuna melt at Ruby's in Redondo Beach (probably all Ruby's are similar). If you like wheat bread, I think you'll be especially pleased, as they do use a good one. I've had one at Johnny Rockets and it was not nearly as good.

Apr 29, 2009
deanalt in Los Angeles Area

Fried clams

I know this is an old thread but, Dommy, did you ever try this place for fried clams? I just called and they said they have them on their specials sheet for $12.95 for what she estimated was 5 ounces. Not close by, but next time I go toward Disneyland maybe!

Apr 29, 2009
deanalt in Los Angeles Area

Search for the Elusive Fried Clam, Part 4 - Found it!

I assume these clams at the Farmer's Market were strips? No bellies, right?

Apr 27, 2009
deanalt in Los Angeles Area

Search for the Elusive Fried Clam, Part 4 - Found it!

So it sounds like Lizziee is not the only one who doesn't like Sonny's fried clams. I'm actually slightly excited about trying them.

Ok, I will let you know if they indeed arrive at FFFF My only fear is that, not having had the real thing in 10 years, I will not be a tough enough critic for you folks. The only thing I've had in those 10 yrs is clams at a place called Kelly's Landing in Fort Lauderdale. I loved them, but I'm not sure they held a candle to the ones I used to get at Kelly's Roast Beef in Revere Mass, not to mention a place like the Clam Box I keep hearing about. You always remember good stuiff in your past as being even better than it really was.

What I will probably do is try both Sonny's and this new place so I can at least compare the two.

Please don't get your hopes up too high, in case it doens't work out.

The odd timing thing is that, after a decade away, I will be in Dedham MA in late May and will finally have the real thing, but that will be after I've sampled these local ones and offered a somewhat uninformed opinion! Just before would have been better.

Apr 27, 2009
deanalt in Los Angeles Area

Search for the Elusive Fried Clam, Part 4 - Found it!

I don't mind nicer ambiance, as long as it doesn't come with high prices, especially for mediiocre clams. At least with Sonny's, it sounds like the price is reasonable. Also, I just want the most clams per dollar, no roll, no nothing getting in the way. Doesn't Sonny's have a plate of more clams for a bit more money?

You mention Ford's and Jar but I don't think the reviews were glowing on their clams (didn't sound any better than Sonny's) and the price seemed higher. I live near Bluewater Grill and they also seemed to have expensive, small portion. so so clams, so I don't plan to try it. I don't want to get addicted to anything that is expensive and mediocre! I feel ripped off. That's just me.

Perhaps, if this guy at FFFF in Hermosa Beach comes through, I'll have a new find for you, since it sounds like you would like their beachy, fish shack ambience, though their prices may not be cheap, being almost right on the pier! If you care to call and add your voice to the chorus (of one, so far) of people wanting belly clams, the owner is a Gary Vincent, though I think he is out of town, in Boston, until about May 1. Maybe, leave him a message and he'll bring some more clams back with him! FFFF # is 310-379-5550.

Apr 25, 2009
deanalt in Los Angeles Area

Search for the Elusive Fried Clam, Part 4 - Found it!

It seems you are suggesting that Sonny's consciously doesn't buy the best clams available to them, because their clientele won't pay for it. There price certainly seems fair enough. If that's so, wouldn't there be somewhere in LA with great clams albeit at a greater price? Doesn't seem to be any?

If we had someone who really knew how to fry 'em, perhaps we could pool our money to buy a batch or two, letting the chef eat for free!

Are you a real food critic, or just someone who loves to write about food?
Thanks for your comments.

Apr 25, 2009
deanalt in Los Angeles Area

Search for the Elusive Fried Clam, Part 4 - Found it!

Well, those six hand picked clams must have been good. You may leave some holes in your posts, but I will say this: "you are one great tipper". Although if I believe what I just heard from the well-reputed Neptune Oyster house in Boston, they charge more than $1 per clam, so perhaps this is 'market pricing'!

In any event, it looks like you are pickier (or less desperate for fried clams) than the average LA chowhound denizen here!

Coincidentally,I will be in Boston for the first time in a decade soon, and so I'll have a good basis for rating what I finally taste here in LA. I'm sure I will notice a big difference but settle for what I can get here.

Apr 25, 2009
deanalt in Los Angeles Area

Search for the Elusive Fried Clam, Part 4 - Found it!

Looking up in this thread (to find other places people found clams in LA), I coincidentally find that you said:

<< Had them once and they were horrible >>.

back in august of 2008. Yet, you went back for a free sample after that in 2009? How many times over the years have you tried their fried belly clams?Kindly clarify. Inquiring minds want to know!

Apr 24, 2009
deanalt in Los Angeles Area

Search for the Elusive Fried Clam, Part 4 - Found it!

Just to follow up on my post above about Fat Face Fenner's Fishack, though before the May 1 2009 date, since it is so close by, I stopped by FFFF and had a cheeseburger, in order to sample the atmosphere, before daring to bring my spouse, who isn't a bar type, to put it mildly. Mid-day, during the week, it was quiet and so any of the stories I'd read about it being a rough place with nasty bouncers probably only applies after 9 PM on a Friday or Saturday night, so I won't go then. For what it's worth, it definitely is what you would expect of a fish shack near the beach - so my wife may not care for the place for a dinner, but I'll twist her arm to go since she really wants clams. I also heard they had great burgers and so I ordered one and it was definitely one of the best I've had, for between $8 and $9, as I recall.

In any event, if the belly clams do come in, I will be trying them and reporting back here. Is anyone else interested?

Apr 24, 2009
deanalt in Los Angeles Area

Search for the Elusive Fried Clam, Part 4 - Found it!

Ok, thanks for the clarification. I did talk to a manager named Mike there a couple of weeks back and he told me they only have belly clams (I had read that, some time ago, they did mix them), so I surmise that you got some miniscule bellies. If I were you, I would have called this Mike the next day and complained about the quality control. Obviously, they do have some decent clams. If I try them, I will be sure to ask for what I want and go when this Mike is there.
Thanks again.

Apr 24, 2009
deanalt in Los Angeles Area

Search for the Elusive Fried Clam, Part 4 - Found it!

Lizziee, this does not make a lot of sense. Two posts in a row, both by you, one saying the clams were "pretty good for Los Angeles" and the next one describing them as "horrible".

The only rational conclusion is that you forgot to say in your first post that "pretty good for Los Angeles" is also "horrible". Perhaps you had too many beers at Sonny's !

Apr 24, 2009
deanalt in Los Angeles Area

Search for the Elusive Fried Clam, Part 4 - Found it!

I happened to hear of a Boston hangout very close to home called Fat Face Fenner's Fishack. I spoke to the owner and he promised to have fried belly clams by May 1 and I hope I can believe that. However, I've checked out many reviews and while a few are glowing, many aren't and others are just horrible, although more about the atmosphere than necessarily the food. My wife is not the rough bar type! Does anyone have any experience with this place, food-wise?

By the way Sonny McLeans says it now serves orders of all belly clams whereas, before, it used to mix them with the strips. I guess I'll have to try that too.

Thanks for any info on either place.

Apr 16, 2009
deanalt in Los Angeles Area

Search for the Elusive Fried Clam, Part 4 - Found it!

You can imagine the dissapointment in reading this entire thread only to learn that Lawton's is now out of business in Long Beach. I guess I should always read from the bottom up! How utterly dissapointing! Any successors?

Can someone simply list all the places that have the fried Ipswich belly clams in the LA area in one post, please? Average ratings would be nice but not necessary.

Thanks!
Dean

Mar 27, 2009
deanalt in Los Angeles Area