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Making sushi- in search of sushi-grade fish in DFW area

Cerri Nov 10, 2006 10:49 PM

I'm a big fan of sushi, but my hubby isn't nearly as enthusiastic about it. This means it's really tough to get him to go to a sushi place more than once a month or so. I've decided I'd like to try making my own sushi, but I have no idea where to go to purchase sushi-quality fish. I live in the Hurst-Bedford-Euless area, so ideally it wouldn't be *too* far, but I'm willing to drive a bit if there's a good market a bit further away. Specifically, I'm looking for a place to buy maguro (tuna), possibly toro (fatty tuna), and unagi (eel). Salmon would be good too.

I did think about ordering it from asianfoodgrocer.com, but since it's frozen fish, the shipping almost doubles the cost, so I'd really prefer to get it locally.

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    birddogfoodie Nov 10, 2006 10:56 PM

    I would try the Central Market in Ft. Worth (Hulen @ 30) ir Dallas (Lovers @ Greenville).

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      MarcusB Nov 11, 2006 12:08 PM

      It is not "local" to you per say, but the only place I have found that sells fresh sushi grade fish is Kazy's. They usually have a great selection of fresh fish and it won't cost you an arm and a leg.


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        samejeep Nov 11, 2006 01:15 PM

        i've never tried it personally, but i do know that you can order it online and have it delivered to your door. i'm a bit skeptical, but thought i'd throw it out there.

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        1. re: samejeep
          MPH Nov 11, 2006 06:18 PM

          You've never tried what personally? Who are you suggesting as an on-line source?


        2. irodguy Nov 15, 2006 04:08 AM

          Kazy's is hit and miss at best. Stay far away from their "cooler", make them give you fresh. It's best to tell them you want restaurant grade.

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            Scagnetti Nov 15, 2006 01:54 PM

            I agree. Kazy's used to have a very good selection of properly prepared sushi grade fish but now it is minimal. I used to see Japanese coming into that store with coolers and would load up on fish. No more.

            Kazy's is good for all sorts of sushi supplies like wasabi powder, nori, knives, mats, pickled ginger, etc.

            1. re: Scagnetti
              MarcusB Nov 15, 2006 06:24 PM

              The last 4 times I have purchased fish there it was great. Maybe I need to increase my standards. The fish is not near as fresh as Sushi Sake, but then again, not a lot it.

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            FLFoodie Nov 15, 2006 01:30 PM

            I have actually purchased sushi grade fish from Central Market and really enjoyed it. It does come frozen though, but thaws out nicely and you can thaw it in pieces if you aren't using it all at once. The variety available is different at each store, but I have had the snapper and the tuna, both good.

            1. irodguy Nov 15, 2006 07:22 PM

              Also for certain kinds of fish Captin Dave's in Plano is a reasonable place. The law of purchasing fish of course is to smell it before buying it. I have had good and bad fish from all the above locations.

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