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Explore L.A.'s Fishy Side For National Seafood Month

Whenever anyone mentions the best or most iconic food in Los Angeles, the first word out of everyone's mouth is always "Mexican." And really, it makes sense. Being situated so near the border will lead to plenty of great cuisine making the trip north. But one of the least mentioned food possibilities here, for whatever reason, is the ample delicious seafood options. Perhaps because it's hard to eat locally when it comes to sea creatures -- the fish tacos, lobster rolls, clam chowder, West Coast salmon, every kind of sushi you'd ever want to eat, etc., probably didn't come from Santa Monica Bay. But that doesn't mean it isn't delicious. So to celebrate National Seafood Month, here's a gallery of the most delectable nautically-based meals in the L.A. area.

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Lobster roll from Santa Monica Seafood by Flickr user LWY.
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Japanese Kanpachi from Providence on Melrose by Flickr user arnold | inuyaki.
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Nancy's Day/Boat Sea Scallops from Providence on Melrose by Flickr user arnold | inuyaki.
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Mixed seafood cocktail from Tacos Baja Ensenada by Flickr user LWY.
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Ceviche from Rusty's Surf Ranch in Santa Monica by Flickr user permanently scatterbrained.
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Sopa Siete Mares, soup with seven types of seafood, from Mario's Peruvian by Flickr user MuyYum.
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Tuna Sashimi from Yabu by Flickr user MuyYum.
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Freshly shucked oysters from the Santa Monica Farmers Market by Flickr user MuyYum.
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Line caught Pacific swordfish from downtown L.A.'s Water Grill by Flickr user KayOne73.
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Spicy Crispy Catfish by Flickr user Ron Dollette.
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Clam chowder from downtown L.A.'s Water Grill by Flickr user KayOne73.