went to BPO for a bite. there were no seats outside, so we sent inside. yikes! it is rather cramped, smells of fish, and feels like a musty eighty degrees.
sit at a table toward the back. server comes promptly. we ordered some beers (no liquor) and clam chowder to start and see where we go from there. they brought out these pots of chowder (with handle) about 1/4 full. literally. i think there may have been 1/2 - 3/4 cup of soup in this pot. the soup was ok. nice and creamy, but no real punch. i think the clam chowder at santa monica seafood is much better. also, they sprinkled fresh herbs on the top - which is nice to look at, but overpowered any taste that the chowder might have had.
the oysters looked good - but it was so hot and smelly and the prices are not low - so we moved on.
i'll end with - i don't usually agree with the la times reviews. i didn't read the review this week, but another diner did and said that the reviewer said good things. again - if that's true (i don't know) - she's wrong. this place would have to cut its prices by half to make it visit-worthy. windows, fans, or a decent a/c system would make it better -- but then i'd have to get over the cramped factor.