Really good Seafood in West Hollywood.
I am four days away from a trip to the epicenter of great Seafood in this county, my home state of Maryland.
Four days…at the time. (These reviews are written fresh, but published days and days later).
Still, despite the fact that I can crawl off the airplane and stumble into a Seafood Restaurant that’s better than most of the stuff in Los Angeles, I still find myself with a craving for…
C’mon. It happens.
And I’ve got to admit, the sheer look and feel of Connie & Ted’s has got me curious. I mean, have you seen this place?
What am I saying, you’ve clicked on the link, are reading the article, have seen the featured image. Of course, you know what it looks like.
For some reason, I saw the words “Santa Monica” and immediately pictured a hyper-modern looking restaurant looking out over the water, wafting in cool Ocean breezes.
Of course, I forgot to keep reading. “Santa Monica” yes, but “Blvd.” immediately followed.
This sucker’s in West Hollywood.
West Hollywood? Seriously? Just down the hill from the original House of Blues?
So after the Waze App takes me on a bit of an adventure through town, I arrive at Connie and Ted’s. Now, I’ll admit up front that I havent’ done my research. I don’t know who Connie or Ted are, but…I like the way their restaurant looks, and I like the food they serve.
Yes, one must admit that you’ve probably pay (a bit) for archiecture and flawless design. Of all the things I was thinking about as I sat in there, it was Umami at the Grove, or the Wood Ranch right around the corner from Umami. It’s super sleek, super well designed. Comfortable as all get out. I just came in, slid up to the bar and conducted my business. Good restaurant. Well worth your time.
WHAT SHOULD I GET?: That being said…
Nah, don’t get me wrong. I liked the food. I liked what I had.
I really liked their Clam Chowder. They serve the three classic varieties, but I’ve always been partial to the Manhattan Red, with it’s tomato-based stock.
Fine, call me an anti-purist. I can eat the traditional white, if push come to shove, but I’ve always been partial to Manhattan.
Connie & Ted’s? Damn good. Much more tomatoey version of the stuff I’m used to, but that’s not a bad thing. Like my favorite, the Rhode Island Red at Legal Seafood (when they still served it), Connie and Ted’s believes in a decent, healthy, spicy kick to their reciepe.
And all of the sudden, I have another place I can come to the bar and nosh at.
Then came my main order, the Fried Clam Strips. Connie and Ted’s serves them either in Strips or Bellies for a few dollars more…oh, along with a plate of fries.
The basket that arrives isn’t too big of a challenge…unless you’ve downed a bowl of the Manhattan Clam Chowder.
Should’ve gotten the cup.
I’ve got to admit Fries and Fried Clam strips are pretty damn traditional up and down the East Coast. But it’s a lot of starch to pound down. The Clams were good, but…the more I tore into ‘em, the saltier they tasted. Added to the fact, that I got only got Tartar sauce and Ketchup (not Cocktail Sauce) bothered me a little bit.
But not enough not to come back. I am so coming back.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: The most important safety tip is going to revolve around the parking, so read on…
PARKING: It seems that your only option, or at least your only obvious option is to pay the eight bucks and park in the Valet Lot, which isn’t that big. I went on a Saturday afternoon, and the charge was eight bucks, I can only imagine what it’s going to run you on a hip, hot, happenin’ Saturday night.
Connie & Ted’s
8171 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA
Tel: (323) 848-CRAB
Sunday: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Monday–Tuesday (dinner only): 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Wednesday–Saturday: 11:30 am – 11:00 pm
Happy hour – Monday-Fiday: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm