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Nov 10, 2005 06:46 AM

Best Place to Buy Smoked Fish?

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Where is the best place in the DC area to buy good old-fashioned lox and white fish? and, while you're thinking about it, bagels?

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  1. There's no Barney Greengrass equivalent here, but you can find good smoked fish selections at fancy markets like Dean & Deluca in Georgetown and the various Balducci's, although I can't speak to their bagel selection, if any.
    Calvert Woodley Wines has a good smoked fish selection and they sell H & H bagels. I think they're baked locally either with dough from NY or using the licensed recipe. I've never felt H & H was anything special, but in this city they probably stand out.
    Now if anyone knows where I could find a real bially in DC...

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    1. re: oddlite

      I believe Wegman's Kosher section is a pretty good runner for smoked fish, bagels and biallys.

      The only other place in NoVa I would recommend is Chutzpah in Fairfax.

      1. re: MLP

        Agree. I would say Wegmans is your best option.

        1. re: Adam

          Definitely agree they have a good smoked fish/bagel selection but they're both pretty far out from DC proper. Fairfax location is at least 1/2 hour drive and the Dulles location is a little farther.

      2. re: oddlite

        Thanks for all of your ideas... in the end, I decided that instead of driving to the suburbs for two hours, I would order from Barney Greengrass on the internet!

        1. re: TsMom

          So crazy it just might work! If you're going to the trouble, I hope you at least ordered some of the sturgeon king's smoked sturgeon. Like butter, it is. And their biallys. And their chopped liver.

          If you've never actually been there, it's a must try for brunch the next time you're in NYC.

      3. someone please tell me that the Parkway Deli in Silver Spring is still the place to go. Their bagels with smoked sablefish used to make me swoon, but that was 20 years ago.

        where is NoVa to go?

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        1. re: Jamie D

          I'm a fan of Parkway for many things, but, sadly not their smoked fish: last year, they served me a piece of sable that was truly nasty. This fish was so far gone that it didn't even smell right. Naturally, I've been a little reticent to try their fish again.

          1. re: HungryPete

            I was just at Parkway a month or so ago, and thought the smoked sable was divine, so maybe you caught them on a bad day.

            Celebrity Delly in Potomac also does good by smoked fish.

            NOBODY in the DC area does a NY-quality bagel, unfortunately.

        2. Bagel City on Rockville Pike and Bethesda Bagels on Bethesda Ave in Bethesda have the best bagels in the area, boiled and then baked. Bialys are not up to NY standard, no surprise. Both have smoked fish selection as does Koshermart in Rockville, on Boiling Brook Parkway, but again, not up to NY in quality or selection. Potomac Deli on Falls Road in Potomac has ok fish as does Whole Foods and Balduccis and some larger Giants. Some people like Shalom in Wheaton, but I do not. Costco has decent packaged smoked salmon/lox for the price.

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          1. re: nickdanger

            nickdanger brings up a good point - if all you want is lox, Costco's is nearly as good as any of the area delis, and it's half the price.

            1. re: nickdanger

              While I agree with you on Bethesda Bagels I am going to have to COMPLETELY disagree with you on Bagel City. Bagel City serves small chewy bagels and dont even compare to Bethesda Bagel, much less Ess-a-Bagel

            2. I've found great smoked trout and herring at Arrow Wine in Arlington.

              1. Hmm, I was at Parkway a few weeks ago. I was planning to buy some smoked salmon for a post Yom-Kippur meal. I changed my mind because I wasn't feeling great, and I didn't feel like paying $27 a pound. I did see a couple order some, though. The salmon being weighed looked very good. A nice clear pink color. I plan on getting some soon. The bagels they had looked fine. Probably not great, but not too many choices around here.