What drew me to write a blog over any other platform of expression is that I get to create a rapport with my readers. Inevitably, with every post, you will come to learn something new about me, varying primarily with the type of establishment up for discussion. So here’s an initial toast to me bearing my soul to you and hoping that I can help at least a few of you find your way around this bustling city in the process! ♥
Holy Crab! This place absolutely rocked my socks. It is a seafood haven to say the least. From the moment you walk in, you are immersed in what feels like a seafood joint ripped right off the shore line of New England’s eastern coast — From the smell of densely battered fish and chips combined with the light fishy stench of raw clams and oysters by the truckload, you are transported from the busy streets of West Hollywood to the very shore line that Chef team Michael Cimarusti and Sam Baxter intended to take you.
Connie and Ted’s offers a casual dining experience with an enormously open-air kitchen centered and tucked away in the back of the sophisticated clam shack. While very casual in regards to its visual experience, including the recommended attire for patrons, there is nothing casual about the quality or the the price. With most of their oysters running at $3.25 a pop, starters ranging between $9 – $18, main courses falling somewhere between $20 – $44, with a few sandwiches under $20, and cocktails costing roughly $14, I’d say it would be hard to get out of there without spending at least 35$ a person. With that said, if you can swing it, you won’t be disappointed. The oysters were fresh, the mussels were plump as I’ve ever seen, and the crab and lobster were steamed to perfection. We ordered a side of french fries for the table (always the move, am I right?) and they were thick cut AND crunchy — an all too rare combination!
Last but certainly not least, I would be remiss not to at least mention the Song of the Gringo cocktail and the Blondie dessert. The Song of the Gringo has to be one of the most unique cocktails I’ve ever tried. A delicate combination of apricot brandy, Rittenhouse rye and bitters, amongst other full and fruity flavors, it was topped with a light egg white foam. It tasted like Autumn in a glass — an elegant, spiked apple cider. It got me in the holiday spirit right in time for Thanksgiving! Speaking of, don’t even get me started on the Blondie — I was trying to be good and hold out on having dessert until Thursday, when I planned on having two heaping slices of Pumpkin pie (my fave!). But, as it turns out, I could not withstand the taunt of the giant, fluffy brown sugar blondie bar, topped with a scoop of vanilla bean ice-cream the size of a baseball and finally, the tantalizing and generous drizzle of toasted caramel sauce sitting on a warm plate right in front of me — and I am SO glad I didn’t. It was, without a doubt, one of the top five dessert I’ve had to date.
Needless to say, I strongly recommend this place for any occasion — a fun date-night, birthday dinner, or Saturday night splurge! Find some helpful hints and facts below and feel free to comment on this post if you get a chance to try it out and let me know what you think!
Your Not So Basic Bitch
Rating: Strong 10/10
Address: 8171 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Price Range: $31 – $60
Must Haves: Oysters, Local Crab, New England Clam Chowder, Blondie
Reservations: Yes – Tough
Full Bar: Yes
Parking: Street, Valet
Happy Hour: Monday – Friday from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Only at the bar