I have been on a search for fried clams with the bellies and until now the search has been futile for decent fried clams in Southern California. I read that Blue Plate Oysterette had them. I immediately called Blue Plate and yes they were on the menu – 2 hours later we were at Blue Plate for a late lunch.
Blue Plate Oysterette is loosely modeled on one of my favorite restaurants in Boston – Neptune’s Oyster. It has the feel of a casual neighborhood restaurant/bar with an open kitchen.
BYO white wine
Ale for my husband
Lauren, our excellent server
1/2 dozen oysters – only 4 pictured
Kumai – West Coast
Fanny Bay – British Columbia
Glacier Bay – New Brunswick
Kumamoto – Washington
Blue Point – CT
Gerrish Island – Maine
The oysters were fresh, shucked expertly and perfect for slurping with just a touch of lemon
Caesar Salad – romaine hearts, garlic chips, anchovy, croutons – excellent
Fish Tacos – grilled mahi mahi, cilantro aioli, diced tomatoes, guacamole – another winner
Fried Clams – Whole Belly Ipswich Clams, fried lemons, preserved lemon aioli – the piece de resistance! The fried whole belly clams were lightly battered, plump and juicy and fried perfectly. Next time, and there will definitely be a next time, I will order the fried clams the way I do at Neptune – a 1/2 order at a time so the clams are piping hot for each half order.
This is the clam from Sonny McCleans – to the left is just batter – the clam is far right about the size of half of my little finger
This is the clam from Blue Plate Oysterette – notice how plump the clam is.
Chef Craig Brady should be very proud and I have finally found my fried clams.