It’s dineLARestaurantWeek folks which means relatively low cost price fixed menus offered at lunch and/or dinner at some of the top restaurants in town. The foodie event of the New Year began on Jan. 18 and lasts for 14-days. During that time you really can dine high on the hog (or the crab for that matter) for much less than normal, which we did today with friends at the hip, happening millennial-centric Connie and Ted’s in West Hollywood. The huge and breezy seafood emporium was packed as usual from indoors, where there’s a bar and open kitchen, to outside on the terrace. From all appearances they came to dine of the dineLA menu which cost a bargain $25 a person (plus tax and tips) for which you get a choice of lemonade, ice tea or an Arnold Palmer for starters. Next you can select from a clam chowder sampler, ½ dozen oysters or a salad (we each tried one and they were really good). The second offering consists of a choice of smoke Mahi Mahi salad (good), or Tuna Melt , battered dipped cod sandwich (good a thumbs up) or a Hook cheese burger with fries (which got a A-Okay). And there’s even dessert to eat in or take home—a choice of chocolate chips cookies or Whoopie pie. We opted for the cookies and weren’t disappointed.
What’s great about this special dineLA foodie fest is that it sort of pushes you to try restaurants that you have been putting off, which was the case here. We were pleased enough to plan dinner next time.
The story of Connie and Teds is interesting and goes like this according to the website, “Connie was born Sept. 21, 1919, in Bolton, England. Ted was born April 21, 1918, in Peterborough, England. They both emigrated to the United States when they were two-years-old. Connie and Ted met at a volunteer fire department dance in 1938. They fell in love, and were married on Connie’s birthday, September 21, 1940, settling in Pawtucket, RI. Ted entered the Navy and was stationed in Pensacola FL, with Connie by his side. Their first daughter, Carolyn, was born June 2, 1942. While on leave, Ted took up fishing, a sport he enjoyed his whole life. They returned to Pawtucket RI, where their second daughter, Joanne was born February 25, 1947. That same year, Ted built a summer cottage in Matunick RI. Connie and Ted enjoyed many years of fishing in the years that followed. That love of fishing was passed on to their daughter Carolyn’s son, Michael Cimarusti…in spite of the fact that Ted made Michael clean and fillet the day’s catch. Ted, passed away January 1, 1996, and now fishes in that great ocean in the sky..Connie and Ted’s is inspired by their story, their love for family, and the good times they spent together fishing off the shores of New England. At Connie and Ted’s you’ll find simply prepared fish and shellfish, inspired by the classic clam shacks, oyster bars, and fish houses, that dot the New England Seaboard and the Western Coast.”
In 2013 LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold wrote that the restaurants in his inimitable Pulitzer Prize-winning style as a ‘clam shack extraordinaire with a dining room writing that “which it occupies whatever Postmodernist niche may lie between Googie and Taliesin, may be nice, and the kitchen is informed both by a great chef’s attention to detail and his hard-won connections with the better New England seafood suppliers, but the restaurant is a clam shack nonetheless, engineered for great volume. The patio even feels like a clam shack, if you are flexible enough to equate the flow of Santa Monica Boulevard with the sea.”
That sums it up pretty good.
Connie and Teds is located at 8171 Santa Monica Blvd., 323-848-CRAB.