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Dec 22, 2006 04:07 PM

Santa Monica Seafood

Has anyone been over the last couple of days? Is it jam-packed? Last year on Christmas Eve I waited in line for over 2 hours just to enter the store. I'm hoping to avoid that this year by going today. Is this a hopeless mission?

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  1. I plan on hitting it tomorrow. Should be some what less crowded than usual prior to a holiday.

    Since Christmas is on Monday, and SMS is open on Sunday...

    I've done that wait before. Here's a good tip.

    Go in and get a number, go have lunch at Bay Cities Deli (naturally you've faxed in your order ahead of time) then head back in time for yor number to be called.

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    1. re: WileysHungryAgain

      What a grand plan! I am absolutely going to do this.

    2. i'd go to whole food instead

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      1. re: epop

        I wouldn't -- I don't trust their fish, got a couple bad pieces of salmon once.

        Went past Fish King today and the line was out the door.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          I don't trust them either. Once I called ahead and asked if they carry dry-packed scallops. I was assured they do so I ordered some. When I went to pick them up I again asked if they were dry-packed, and was assured they were. They turned out to be wet-packed, wouldn't sear at all and kept releasing liquid after they were fully cooked. Total waste of time and money.

          I ended up going to SM Seafood anyway, the wait wasn't too bad and I got some DRY scallops!

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            i don't trust them entirely either but thought at least the salmon would be good, given the turnover. with lines like these i'd make something else for dinner then

        2. We go there every New Years Eve. Bring a coffee, take a number, and wait outside. The earlier the better!

          1. They ar OK A Little Over Priced if you ask me.......

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            1. re: Skunk2Racer

              Very Overpriced. I went over full of anticipation and walked out with nothing. Prolly my fault though, I was expecting a "fish market" and found a "fish supermarket". Whats the difference? In my mind, the San Gabriel Super Store seafood section is more of a fish market while that Santa Monica Seafood is more of a: "I'm not a fish market, but I play one on t.v." type of dealio. meh. too oriented on justifying high prices amd not enough focused on bringing in massive amounts of freah seafood for quick turnover.

              Just my $0.02

              1. re: krushdnasty

                The San Gabriel Superstore's fish section leaves a lot to be desired, freshness-wise -- I'm willing to pay for fish that have been stored on ice, not on other fish.

                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  with Super store its all about timing. I was there tonight and I wholeheartedly agree that the freshness (or lack thereof) was offputting! But many times its GREAT!

            2. A little late, but no lines at all at the Costa Mesa store on Christmas Eve...