I am searching for the seaside seafood shack type of restaurant of my New England upbringing in the LA westside. What I'm talking about is the alarmingly simple seafood preparations that taste best with hours-old seafood, preferably served outdoors, at big, old wooden picnic tables.
Counter service is fine, ambiance is only a secondary concern, however, seaside location is best but likely impossible due to land prices.
Food is simple seafood, steamed clams, mussels, more of the steamed/ sauteed with wine and butter style than the "everybody into the fryer" school of thought.
Also missing the Rhode Island style clamcakes I grew up on but I doubt there's a lot of those floating around (although I've heard LaMille does them--haven't tried em yet)
As the days get warmer, these cravings are getting stronger, so...
everybody, what's your favorite place for uber-fresh, stripped down seafood?