Quality Seafood

quality seafood
Originally uploaded by Nuttin But Glutton.
On Sunday we had to escape the 100 degree heat in the SFV and we decided to take a drive out to the coast. We were going to go to Cabrillo Beach and go to the aquarium, but parking is $7. No way, this is LA and free parking is one of the benefits of living here. We found ourselves at the Korean Peace Bell. For anybody that hasn't been there, it's a humongous bell in a shelter. It overlooks the San Pedro harbor and north to Palos Verdes. We then drove through Palos Verdes. Haven't seen so many white people just walking around since we went to see Gary in Danville. After that we ended up at the Redondo Beach Pier. On the lower level on the International Boardwalk in the back corner is Quality Seafood. It's a place where you order your crab or lobster and they steam it for you there. Then you go to another area for fish & chips, or chowder, or the Mexican seafood specialty of shrimps and tomatoes and onions and everything all mixed together on the grill and served on a cafeteria tray. Don't expect any atmosphere or table service. It's not that kind of place. You get your food and then try and find a stone/concrete table topped with korean language newspapers.

They have a lobster special during the month of September where for $10 you get a 1 1/3 lb lobster and a ear of corn and butter. We got two of the lobster specials. The lobster was pretty good. They seemed kind of small for 1 1/3 lb and the claw meat wasn't much, but the tails were pretty tasty. The corn wasn't anything to write home about, especially since it was soaking in the lobster water. The butter congealed in the cold air, but it still tasted like butter. We also got a loaf a bread at the store before, so we used that to sop up all the juices.

They also have an oyster and clam bar where you can pick your oysters from about 20+ varieties priced from $.90-$1.75 each and they shuck it and serve it on the half shell with lemon wedges and tapatio packets. I got 8 oysters. 2 Kumamotos, 2 Fanny Bay, 2 Malispina, 2 Malpeque. Other than the kumamotos, I had no idea what I was gettings, I just got what other people looked like they were getting. They all tasted good, but I couldn't tell the difference between them.

We tried to give Allen the lobster, but he doesn't like it (yet) so I had to get some fish and chips for him. He liked it. He polished off most of it, Susie pulled off the fried crust though. Don't worry, it didn't go to waste, fish crust wrapped around lobster and dipped in butter gell is really tasty.

Overall, it was a great experience. I suggest going with at least 3 people. That way one person can save the table and everybody else can get the food. There are multiple areas to get the food and each time you have to wait, so by the time I got the lobster, oysters and the fish the lobsters were cold. Next time I think I'm going to get some steamed clams and crab and pick out my own lobster rather than go for the special.

Quality Seafood
130 International Boardwalk
Redondo Beach, Callifornia 90277
(310)372-6408/374-2382/FAX (310)374-6030


Blogger NuttinButGlutton said...

I forgot, they also have whole sea urchins. I think it's $15 or somewhere around there. They just crack it open and you spoon out whatever you eat in one of those things. It's still moving on the tray. These things aren't like what you see at the tidepools. They're pretty big. Including the spines, they're about 6-8 inches across.

9/28/2004 4:29 PM  
Blogger illewminator said...

excellent tips, especially the one about going with at least 3 people so you can come out on top of the fight with all of LA's newest immigrant communities for a place to consume your food. and i knew you'd find a use for discarded deep-fried battered fish crusts -- wrapped around lobster and sopping up coagulated butter must be right up there with using bacon as a wrapper for scallop or shrimp as a high-fat, high-cholesterol heart bomb.

9/29/2004 2:47 PM  

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