Blue Plate Oysterette

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.

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6 Responses to “Blue Plate Oysterette”


  1. 1 mattatouille February 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Good to see that there is finally a place that satisfies your NE-minded approach to fried seafood! Nice review

  2. 2 David Haskell February 20, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    bad wine choice, by the sommeleir..LOL.. but ok reminds me of us at the pier when i was a kid

  3. 3 lizziee February 20, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    David, next time I will have to take THE sommelier with me. What wine should we have had? The clams here are better than the pier – those were strips; these are the real deal – Ipswich whole bellies.

  4. 4 Dave -nibbleanibble February 20, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Fried clams? I’ve never tried that before. But I love fried things and clams.

  5. 5 lizziee February 20, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Dave, they really do fried things very well – the fried oysters are delicious.

  6. 6 Exile Kiss February 23, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Hi Lizziee,

    Great review and thanks for the report back on the Fried Clams w/ Belly! 🙂 I can’t wait to try them. Thanks.


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