Connie and Ted's

Restaurants , Seafood West Hollywood
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Chefs Michael Cimarusti and Sam Baxter at Connie & Ted's
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Stuffies at Connie & Ted's
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Clam cakes and deviled oysters with oysters Rockefeller at Connie & Ted's
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Lobster roll at Connie & Ted's
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Jo's Wicked Good Chowda Sampler at Connie & Ted's
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Indian pudding at Connie & Ted's
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Connie & Ted's

LA's seafood guru, chef Michael Cimarusti of Providence, pays homage to his New England roots—his grandfather was a fisherman in Rhode Island—with a modern take on the clam shack. The lofty eatery in the heart of West Hollywood features alfresco dining with indoor and outdoor seating—grab a spot at the raw bar for a close-up view of the kitchen—and a constellation of ceiling lights. (Design buffs and Cimarusti fans can also admire the collage of oyster tags of 15+ years at Providence.) To eat, order from the raw bar (think: oysters, clams, lobsters, crabs, shrimp and spot prawns) or get hands-on with oysters Rockefeller or deviled oysters. Two-fisters include the lobster and clam rolls, served on a griddled top-split bun. Classic seaside plates include grilled or steamed lobster served with drawn butter, fried clams served with tartar sauce and fries, and a clam bake of mussels, steamer clams, lobster, linguiça (Portuguese sausage) and steamed potatoes and corn. Domestic craft brews are offered on tap and by the bottle, as well as a California-centric selection of reds and whites by the glass, carafe and bottle. A small list of cocktails are just as appetizing as the food (housemade coffee syrup and banana cordial, anyone?), and a perfect way to start a summer feast. Want to stop by on the weekend? Connie and Ted's now serves brunch, with dishes like biscuits and gravy, crabs and eggs, and French toast. 

 

Venue name: Connie and Ted's
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Address: 8171 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles
90046
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 4-10pm; Wed-Sat 11:30am-11pm; Sun 11:30am-10pm
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tiffinunboxed
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A couple of years ago, it seemed like every new restaurant in town was a New England style seafood shack and/or a lobster roll shop. One of the better versions of this stye is Connie & Ted's, by the master, Chef and Owner Michael Cimarusti.


If you have ever eaten at the Michelin starred Providence, you probably know that anything from the sea that comes from this man will be superb.


I love the casual and nautical vibe of this place. It is so large and boisterous, but everything runs smoothly.


Personally I am a huge fan of all things soup. And rarely do I visit this establishment without enjoying the Jo's Wicked Good Chowda - an adorable flight of 3 small bowls of  the Rhode Island, New England and Manhattan style clam chowders. 


Growing up I absolutely loved the creamy and thick white chowders, especially in a sourdough bread bowl. Sadly I grew up not being able to digest it as well as I used to. This version is not thickened with any fillers whatsoever. You just enjoy the seasoning and juicy clams in high quality cream. I did not expect to enjoy the tomato version as much as the white broth, but it packs a lot of flavor without being too acidic. 


Most desirable to me is the clear broth of the Rhode Island style clam chowder. It is just pure clam goodness with nothing to stand in its way. If you love the broth from steamer clams or from a clear sauced linguini and clams, this will be right up your alley. You can add the tiny oyster crackers for crunch. 


In this photo, it washed down well with a brunch Bloody Mary cocktail.

bowertron

popular restaurant with relaxed atmosphere - have some incredible seafood and a good selection of daily specials. Nice covered terrace area to sit or you can sit at the bar. The sampler of chowder soups was delish!