In the very near future you'll be able to make a table reservation for the summer's most hotly anticipated restaurant, Connie & Ted's, the 140-seat classic seafood "shack" LA has been craving, which pulled itself together in what seemed like the blink of an eye. An industry insider writes in to say that chef Michael Cimarusti (Providence) kicked off friends and family service this past Friday, with a public launch set for June 4. Executing Cimarusti's vision is Providence chef de cuisine Sam Baxter and behind the bar is Intelligentsia and 1886 vet Laura Lindsay.
So far so good over on The Yelp. A guest who attended friends and fam calls Connie & Ted's "stupendous" with a "spacious and inviting" layout and "state of the art tap system." There are a plethora of oyster (16) and other raw bar options, three types of chowder (red, white, and cream-based), hot and cold lobster rolls, and much much more. Seafood stew with steamers, fried clams plus fries, and clam fritters are early winners. Overall, "this is a fancy clam shack that seems familiar yet has some ingredients you just don't see on this side of the country. The cooking is top notch and the prices are fair." Just as expected and all together now: It's about time.
·All Connie & Ted's Coverage [~ELA~]