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Dec 27, 2004 08:27 PM

Damn. Tilapia at $10 a pound!!!!

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Wow. went into a Whole Foods in Manhattan to buy some fish. I was startled to find they had tilapia priced at $9.99 a pound. I've never paid more than $5.99 before and it's usually $4.99. Hell, it's all farm raised. Is this the situation around the rest of the country????

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  1. Cheap in Florida...Like $3.99 a lb I am not a fish eater..Only the expensive stuff...Shell Fish. But, my wife eats fish...She hates this one though.

    Did you guys know they love very warm water.

    1. $1.50/lb in Los Angeles and I think it's usually $1/lb

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      1. re: sk00by

        I have a very hard time believing fresh tilapia sells for $1 per pound.

        1. re: Pete

          Tilapia is generally about $10 at WF in LA. Maybe $7-8 at Santa Monica Seafood.

          I can't imagine where it is $1/pd.

          1. re: JudiAU

            At 99 Ranch... Last week they had a special, $0.89 per/lb but no fry service. For fry service, $1.99/lb. And the ones swimming in the tank that they will fish out for you, I think were $4.99/lb...


            1. re: Dommy!

              Yup, 99 Ranch had Talapia on sale for under a $1 the other week!

              Asian markets in general always have the best prices on seafood. It's usually very fresh because Asian folk like they self some seafood and the turn over is pretty quick.

              The Lion market chain had it for about $1.50 a pound, whole fish mind you. AND they do the gutting, de-scaling and deep frying at no extra charge. Quick, cheap hot meal & no fried fish smell in your house!

      2. Go to Chinatown! I was there yesterday and recall thinking how cheap it was, but I can't remember the exact price. In any case, much less than $10/lb.

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        1. re: bookistan

          True. I make the Chinatown trip when buying a lot of food (doing dinner for 20 for NY's Eve, so I'll be down to chrystie street...cod poached in coconut milk, chiles and ginger, I think). I was just picking up fish for 2 after work, so I couldn't make that trip.

        2. No, it must be their holiday special price. It's selling for around $5 as of last week.

          1. 1. You're in Manhattan
            2. You went to Whole Foods
            You will pay more.

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            1. re: Ellen

              3. It was Christmas weekend. Everybody bumps up fish prices for Christmas Eve.

              1. re: drew

                Mostly (2). I only go in there when I need a good chuckle (starting off with WS for the opening act.) It's kinda like surfing Ebay to see what crazy prices some people will pay for stuff. :))

                Next time, try Chinatown. You can buy 'em live and have 'em cleaned right there for a whole lot less than what WF is apparently charging.