Photo Credits: Jakob Layman
Revere fave Phillip Frankland Lee brings New England to the Ventura Boulevard in what promises to be his third out-of-park hit in his hometown of Encino. The elevated seafood concept Frankland’s Crab & Co. will feature dine-in and takeaway for lunch and dinner daily.
Scratch/Bar Restaurant’s Frankland Lee, pastry chef Margarita Kallas-Lee, barman Devon Espinosa, and designer Jordan Olson have crewed up for the third venture in the Valley’s Encino Place.
Frankland’s Crab & Co. is the group’s first foray into the fast-food sphere — with plans for future locations, including an outpost at the Montecito Inn this summer. The menu tips a hat to Frankland Lee’s jaunts to the Maine seaside and weekend drives down PCH, punctuated by by-the-pound chilled white gulf prawns, wild-caught king crab legs, or Maine Lobster, whipped with remoulade spiked with pickles and celery salt — served in either a house-baked buttery brioche bun or over lettuce.
Since this is a Frankland Lee venture, Fish & Chips feature wild-caught branzino battered in Scrimshaw brew, while Chowda is comprised of an intense stock made from a variety of shellfish, teeming with house-cured bacon, crab, lobster, and prawn.
Other takes on classics include freshly shucked Fried Oysters & Clams and for landlubbers, Mary’s Fried Chicken Roll topped with a tangy giardinera.
Sides include corn on the cob brushed with lobster butter — Oh, my. — freshly churned butter drawn and steeped with lobster shells.
Save room for dessert — Margarita’s Housemade Ice Cream Sandwich will rotate flavors including Madagascar vanilla bean ice cream between Peruvian dark chocolate chip cookies and Latvian-style sgushenka.
Wash it all down with homemade root beer on draft, fresh lemonade, and iced tea — with the option of spiking with mini-bottles of premium gin, vodka, tequila and other spirits. A house keg allows for easy pints and pitchers of rotating local beers. Wine is available by the glass or bottle, including a revolving house red, white, rosé or bubbles.
The sunny white-washed space seems miles from a Ventura Boulevard shopping center — with its tropical leaf-patterned walls and Crab & Co. exposed bulb-lit signage. Pops of red and cheeky green AstroTurf accents lend a whimsical touch. A series of framed windows looks onto the Scratch/Bar kitchen and vermillion swinging doors connect to the adjacent Woodley Proper cocktail lounge.
Hmm. Maybe we’ll just stay here all day into late night…
Frankland’s Crab & Co. is open daily from noon to midnight, without reservations. Weekends will soon bring festive crab boils and other seafood celebrations. For takeout orders or more information, visit www.franklandscrabandcompany.