Bottom line: WOWIE – TERRIFIC, East Coast finally comes to Los Angeles. Chef Michael Cimarusti, the acclaimed executive chef and co-owner of Providence restaurant has been talking about opening a clam shack in Los Angeles honoring his grandparents, Connie and Ted. Finally that day has arrived and Connie and Ted’s delivers on all fronts. This is a chef-driven “up-scale clam shack.” The food is delicious and perfectly executed.
Chef Michael manning the the open kitchen
The open kitchen and the huge lobster tank filled with Maine lobsters – you order your lobster by the pound and it is either grilled or steamed. If your order a 2 1/2 pound lobster Chef Michael rings a bell to honor the 2 1/2 pound order.
BYO Krug Champagne
Chef Michael and GM Matthew De Marte enjoying a toast with Krug
Our wonderful server Molly
Oysters – you can order the chef’s selection of a dozen orders, the chef’s selection of half a dozen oysters or just your choice of oysters – we ordered the dozen chef’s selection – Note the blue card which tells you which oysters were selected – a great touch. The oysters were delicious – great selection and shucked perfectly.
Lobster from the raw bar served with cocktail sauce and a dijon mustard sauce – I am a true Bostonian and sucked every bit of meat from the legs.
“Stuffies” – Baked Oysters stuffed with linguica (sausage). bell pepper, parmesan, herbs, breadcrumbs, garlic butter – these were insanely good and addictive – a must
BYO White Wine
New England Clam Chowder – without a doubt the best chowder on the West Coast and the rival of any chowder in New England
A sampler of their other chowders – on the left Rhode Island Clear Chowder and on the right Manhattan Chowder
Parker House Rolls – As a kid and young adult I ate at The Parker House fairly frequently. Now known as the Omni Parker House “The Parker house is the oldest continuously operating hotel in the United States. It is a Boston landmark that was “founded in 1855 by Harvey Parker.” If you went to the Parker House you had to have their famous Parker House Rolls. This version is as close to the original as you can get – a mouthful of buttery deliciousness.
Homemade Dill Pickles – only at a chef-driven restaurant would you get homemade pickles
Clam Fritters – Connie and Ted’s fry food to perfection – not a touch of grease
Fried Pacific Oyster Sandwich with coleslaw, spicy mayo, fries – John was devouring this before he snapped the photo
Fried Clams with the bellies – I have a passion for fried clams with the bellies. I am also a nut case when I order them. I order a half order at a time so the second batch is as hot as the first batch. Up to now I had to travel to Boston to get decent fried clams with the bellies. Thanks to Chef Michael, I don’t have to endure a long tedious airplane ride. I just have to hop over to Connie and Ted’s. These were the real deal.
This is a MUST restaurant. We already have our reservation for next week. I can’t wait to go back!