For a coastal city, L.A.'s seafood options — outside of the sushi, which has always been stellar — have been oddly limited, falling mainly to high-end treatments (Water Grill, Providence) and a few cutesy tourist spots (Blue Plate Oysterette). But over the past year or so, Los Angeles has suddenly become serious about seafood. We now have a glut of new places to indulge in the bounty of the ocean — thank God. From Hollywood's littlefork and Manhattan Beach's Fishing With Dynamite to Michael Cimarusti's Connie and Ted's, all of a sudden there's a whole new generation of restaurants where you can get your oyster or seafood tower fix. While we owe a great thanks to the few folks who were ahead of the game (thanks, Hungry Cat), we're thrilled to have so many new options. More oysters = more good.

—Besha Rodell

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