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Phillip Frankland Lee is making moves in the San Fernando Valley and points north, starting with the opening of his newest venture, Frankland's Crab & Co. in Encino, on May 19.

It's not actually a shack – it is a storefront in a strip mall — but the menu is reminiscent of one, offering fish and chips, fried clams, lobster rolls and chowder. (The latter is a bit untraditional, with crab, lobster and prawns.) Seafood should never be cheap, but the entree prices at Frankland's are reasonable, topping out at $18 for a king crab roll. (Pounds of boiled shrimp, crab legs and lobster are pricier, naturally.)

The restaurant rather cheekily sells mini-bottles of liquor, which can be used to spike your Arnold Palmer.

I'd guess the owners hope to turn it into a chain, as a second location up the coast in Montecito is already in the works.

16101 Ventura Blvd., Encino. (818) 906-9609, franklandscrabandcompany.com.

Credit: Jakob Layman

Credit: Jakob Layman

LA Weekly