Here are my current picks for Best Mussels based on the restaurants I have personally visited and reviewed. This list will grow and change as necessary. If you know of calamari served at other restaurants that I need to try, please leave me a recommendation in the comments of this post.
#1 WA Frost ~ The Coconut Curry Blue Mussels at WA Frost are nothing short of amazing. The mussels were on the small side but they were extremely tender and the flavor was enhanced by the sweet, creamy and spicy coconut green curry broth with fresno chili and cilantro. Delicious! The order also came with grilled sourdough bread from Rustica Bakery. I could eat a million of these!
#2 First Course ~ They are called Mediterranean Mussels but seem more like Thai mussels. No matter what you call them, these mussels were very tender and soaked in a bath of coconut milk with red curry. This is my favorite style of mussels and these were nearly perfect.
#3 Buca di Beppo– Mussels served in-the-shell with Marinara sauce. These were among the most delicious, tender mussels I have ever had the pleasure of consuming. On the small side, but with amazing flavor. A must-try if you like mussels!
#4 Mantiou Station ~ These steamers were also excellent. They were steamed open with fresh garlic, white wine and butter; all flavors that go so well with seafood! They were cooked for just the exact amount of time and were soft and tender, easy to extract from the shell. Even better when you Squeeze a little lemon. Would you believe that this large plate of clams is only $8??!! You can’t even see half the clams in this photo because they were covered by the three large pieces of bread that came with.
#6 Santorini Taverna ~ The Mussels at Santorini are excellent. They were magnificently tender and came swimming in a big, deep bowl of broth made with white whine, saffron, tomatoes, fennel and garlic. Very savory.
#7 King & I Thai ~ Steamed Mussels. These were really good but SPICY hot. I enjoyed the spice but my companions thought it was almost too hot to eat. The mussels were cooked perfectly.