“Shack” is a bit of a stretch when it comes to Michael Cimarusti's new West Hollywood restaurant, Connie & Ted's, but that's definitely where the inspiration comes from for this straightforward homage, which pays tribute to simple seafood. After years of dealing in the (way) higher end of seafood cookery at Providence, Cimarusti is getting back to the basics. This is the season for New England–style seafood joints, with at least three opening in recent months, but Connie & Ted's stands head and shoulders above the rest, with its devotional re-creations of classic dishes like lobster rolls, steamers, chowder, crabcakes, fried clams and simple grilled fish. 8171 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hlywd. (323) 848-2722, connieandteds.com. —Besha Rodell

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