Food & Drink

Nantucket-style shared shellfish

Having roots in New England does have its benefits: the smell of the leaves as the seasons change; the ease of public transportation that goes where you need; and, depending on exactly where, the option of marrying Elton John. Now get the benefit of their seafood, at BP Oysterette, open now.From the owner of Santa Monica's casual Blue Plate cafe, BP's a small oyster house outfitted with a restaurant-long banquette and a marble-topped bar, specializing in seafood prepared the way you'd find it in Nantucket, Cape Cod, and plenty of other places you chuckle knowingly about, despite having never been. Most of the food's meant for sharing, with small plates from the raw bar like oysters on the half, prawn cocktails, and ceviche, as well as prepared dishes like mussels w/ your choice of a lemon, wine, and garlic or red curry sauce, calamari crusted w/ cornmeal, and a buttery broth-abetted "Bucket of Steamers", which you ate once during frat initiation but you're not about to--oh, they're clams? Cool. Entrees include mahi mahi fish tacos w/ a cilantro aioli, pesto shrimp w/ pasta or brown rice, and a heaping lobster roll on brioche w/ homemade sweet potato chips, which aren't quite so sweet anymore, seeing how they're always fried. BP's also got wine and beer, as well as a few non-seafoody options, like a hanger steak w/ chimichurri sauce, a burger w/ Tillamook cheddar and fries, and a massive 1/2lb Kobe beef hot dog called "The Big Dog," which is what you plan on getting with Elton, if he'd just take your relationship talks seriously for once!