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Three’s a Charm: Frankland’s Crab & Co. Sets Sail 5/19

Photo Credits: Jakob Layman

Phillip Frankland Lee

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.

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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.

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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.

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Other takes on classics include freshly shucked Fried Oysters & Clams and for landlubbers, Mary’s Fried Chicken Roll topped with a tangy giardinera.

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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.

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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.com or call (818) 906-9609.

 

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