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Blue Plate’s seafood special

July 23, 2009 |  1:47 pm


Fans of the Montana Avenue restaurant Blue Plate will be glad to learn that Jenny Rush Morton is getting close to opening her spinoff spot -- and this time she’s taking the Cape Cod/Hamptons vibe to the next level with a menu dedicated to seafood.

In late August (or, more likely, early September), she’ll open Blue Plate Oysterette next door to Boa on Ocean Avenue. “I’ve lived in Santa Monica for a long time,” says Morton. “There’s a need on the Westside for a casual setting.” Indeed. Save for the recently reopened Santa Monica Seafood, which is more market than restaurant, Santa Monica has few laid-back, non-touristy seafood spots.

Oysterette should scratch that itch with a “clam shack” menu that includes buckets of steamers, grilled oysters and salmon burgers. “We’re taking the food to the next level but still keeping it accessible,” says Morton, crediting her chef, Violet Robles, formerly of Patina. The lobster roll, for example, will be made with fresh tarragon and cayenne pepper and served on brioche, not a hot dog bun. The best part? Nothing will cost more than $20, except, say, when they host lobster bakes.

Blue Plate Oysterette is located at 1355 Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica. Follow the restaurant as it develops on Twitter @bpoysterette.

-- Alexandra Le Tellier

Image: A rendering of Blue Plate Oysterette, which restaurateur Jenny Rush Morton describes as  “very beachy.” Credit: Courtesy of Morton