No, I didnt go to Fords Filling Station in hopes to see celebrities. It was funny because I actually saw one heading into the restaurant (But he was heading to a Movie down the street), nope, we came to Fords Filling Station because we heard they serves great fried Clams
weve been on a crazy search all over L.A. trying them and we were delighted when we heard that this new place, about 10 minutes away from our place, had them on the menu!
And so, we eagerly made our reservation and found ourself at in a wonderful warm restaurant. I really liked the décor, stylish without being too serious. A little rustic. The ceilings are high, so its a bit loud, but we managed to have a normal volume conversation no problem. There are two dining rooms, we were in the main one, which had better lighting and was near the bar. There is also a darker room and patio seating (Which wasnt being used that night). Service was not as polished as some recent experiences (AOC, Violet, etc ) but was not offending either.
However, we were all offended when we sat down and looked at the menu and saw NO CLAMS! ARGH!!! We asked the waiter about it, he didnt even know they SERVED Clams!!! On their website, they say they have fried clams I know I know I should have asked when I made my reservation so you clam lovers ASK
But we werent going to storm out because of it. We decided to take one for the Chowhound team and give this week old restaurant a try for the team! :) And our dinner features:
*Garlic Bread Sticks: Instead of a breadbasket, four pale garlic breadsticks where brought to the table. Yup, just like Olive Garden and yup they were pretty much like those one at Olive Garden with so many BEAUTIFUL bread plates and service around town, this was a real let down First the clams, now sucky bread I was starting to get REALLY worried
*Salumi Plate: This is where dinner took a turn for the better We ordered the Lomo, Paprika Salami and Spicy Sopresa. And the plate offered several well stored and presented slices of each. I love cured meats and this was one of the best plates Ive had (Supposedly the meats came from Salumi in Seattle)
*Tomato Goat Cheese Flat Bread: A long pizza we ordered to accompany the salumi plate, but sadly their timing was a bit off. Nevertheless, it was absolutely yummy on its own, very fresh, full of mounds of goat cheese and topped with fresh tomatoes.
*Dungeness Crab Salad: This was nothing like the salad in R-23, instead, they pile the plate with lots of crab legs! Thankfully they provide the tools to get at the succulent crab meat, which was PERFECTLY done and iced. The salad part was more like cole slaw than anything else and had a slight bacony taste
*Oxtail Soup: A dark rich soup with an absolutely perfectly done oxtail. We all enjoyed it, especially that melty oxtail meat But BF was a little bit disappointed that there was no marrow to poke out
*Brook Trout: Actually something on that is one the on-line menu. Pretty much a whole trout pan fried so its skin was all crispy, salty and yummy (One of the reasons I ADORE trout!). The cream sauce was wonderful, as was the charmula that was sprinkled on top. Absolutely my favorite dish and probably the best trout dish Ive ever had.
And for Dessert:
*Pear Cobbler w/ Tangerine Cream: The cobbler was wonderful.. Piping hot from the oven. And richly spiced with Cardamom and Ginger. The Tangerine Cream added a wonderful element too it all worked SO well I usually dont order desserts at restaurants, but Im SO glad we did this time! :)
All in all, it was really a good dinner. The prices were okay, we ate all the above plus a glass of wine and a beer for about $110 before tip. Its not some place I would rush to go back (Without calling to check to see about the clams), but it is nice to have a REAL nice option in that neighborhood.