- Bill May 15, 2002 12:04 PM
I've lived in the same 'hood all my life, and I never knew this place existed. I've even been to the Bethesda Crab House several times, and I still haven't seen it. Further, I can't believe Cameron's opened on the SAME street, and I've been a customer there on occassion.
For those of you that don't know, A&H is, or appears to be, and old style seafood shop. If I gather correctly, it is run, and probably owned, by two Portuguese(?) gentlemen? Lots of beautiful whole fish. I picked out a nice big yellowtail for the grill, one guy tossed it to the other, and it was expertly cleaned in less than a minute ($10.50). Wow. That'd be $21 at Sutton (and please, don't get me started on Sutton.) They had great looking salmon, tuna, lots of shellfish, and even a few varieties I was not familiar with.
There is also a small refrigerator/freezer section. I also bought a package of six (d'Argen____)frozen quail for $7. The chorizo looked great, but I'm a little unfamiliar with it, so I wanted to do a bit of research. I think I'll head back there this weekend, with a paella recipe in hand.
Are a lot of you 'hounds familiar with this place? Am I the last to know? What do you all like to buy from these guys? Any disappointments? Recommendations appreciated.
Best of all, I walked in at 8:30AM on Saturday and asked if they were opened. They responded, I'm sure only half-jokingly, that "we're always open." How great is that! I can be done with my shopping before the hoards. Cameron's doesn't open until 10!
Bill--you must have been asleep at the keyboard. A&H has been the subject of any number of postings in the 1 1/2 years I've been 'hounding. The two brothers who own A&H are from Spain. In addition to having fresh/cheap standards, like salmon, swordfish, snapper, they usually have fresh monkfish, sardines, mussels and flavorful shrimp. The grocery section has numerous hard-to-find items at great prices: buttery Spanish extra-virgin olive oil for $4.50 a liter; rice from Spain, coarse sea salt from Portugal- less than a dollar for 2 pounds; all kinds of Brazilian products. The sell Spanish ham, cheeses, salt cod. Wednesday, I bought quince paste to eat with Manchego, a jar of caramel, coconut milk, olive oil, shrimp, and they gave me a couple of fish frames to make fish stock with. I love patronizing our very own, old-fashioned 'fish mongrels."
Neither the Chowhound nor the Google search brings up any hits for A&H.
I, too, was unaware of this gem in my own nabe. Went for the first time yesterday, and got some great swordfish steaks (fresh cut) for $11/lb., i.e., 3-6$/lb. less than at Fresh Fields, Wagshal's, Sutton Place, etc.
Zora: Is the quality of the seafood at A&H usually first-rate?