If you’ve never set foot at Connie & Ted’s, cancel your Saturday plans immediately, and pick up your phone to book a table for brunch. You’ll be on the patio, sipping a $5 Bloody Mary while Michael Cimarusti of Providence (often called “the only Michelin starred restaurant in Los Angeles”) spends his day off in Connie & Ted’s kitchen. What a bargain! Choose from oysters (Kumamotos, Naked Cowboys, Sweet Petites, etc), buckwheat pancake with King salmon, fish stew (hake, mussels and manila clams) to warm up the rare winter months… But the queen of the ball is an omelet with crab and lobster: it’s so good you’ll want to cry. Also, go easy on the lobster rolls (served hot with clarified butter or cold with mayonnaise) to save room for dessert: blondie à la mode with caramel sauce or a cinnamon roll meant to be shared… With this modernized oyster shack, Michael Cimarusti pays homage to his grandmother Connie and his grandfather Ted, a New England fisherman — the “est’d 1940” even refers to their wedding year.
Address: 8171 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
Opening Hours: Monday-Tuesday 4-10PM, Wednesday-Friday 11:30AM-10AM, Saturday-Sunday 10AM-10PM
Reservations: (323) 848-2722 or OpenTable
Price: Starters $6-18, Sandwiches $17-22, Entrees $18-45
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
Best for: Brunch, Happy Hour