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Apr 6, 2007 08:48 PM

Market with live seafood in Sarasota area?

Coming from CA, I've been spoiled with supermarkets that sell live fish/crab/shrimp. You'd think that being surrounded by water, we would have more markets that sell live seafood. Any suggestions? I wouldn't mind driving to St. Petersburg area or even Tampa.

Thank you!

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  1. Nothing is live in Sarasota. But, I think the freshest fish, and possibly the best in the area is in the town of Cortez. Just north of Longboat. Its a fishing village, and Star Fish has wonderful fresh fish caught daily from the Cortez fishing boats right in town. It beats everything that I have tried so far. They also have a restaurant right on the water that I really enjoy....

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    1. re: irwin

      just adding the link for everyone the website tells you what they're selling right now

      1. re: irwin

        Dear, Irwin via Chowhound
        I'll be coming from Mid-Michigan visiting the Sarasota area in March of 2011 and was looking for a good seafood market any ideas???
        Thanks in advance, POFARM a.k.a. T.I.

        1. re: POFARM

          YES------ Tamiami Trail South maybe 2-3 miles south of Stickney Point Road is a (Maine) fish market called "Lots a Lobster"... It has fresh haddock, & fresh Maine Lobsters. Enjoy. Irwin

          1. re: irwin

            Here is more info on LOTSA LOBSTER
            8780 So. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota Fl 941-918-2529
            A New England Seafood Market

            New England Seafood Restaurant
            1419 NE Jensen Beach Blvd, Jensen Beach, FL 34957

            1. re: irwin

              Thanks I'll have to check it out in March.
              Looking fwd to sunny Flordia! This Michigan snow is already getting old.
              Pardon me for asking but did you publish your own cook book a few years ago?
              Thanks again, POFARM

              1. re: POFARM

                No cookbook was published by me......
                Nor am I thinking about publishing a cookbook. I would rather write about great chefs and restaurants, owners who know the business and how to hire the right staff !!!!!

            2. re: POFARM

              there is a new,New England style seafood market just opened in Sarasota.1879 Hillview St..,rite by the hospital.Specializes in live maine lobster.Great lobster tanks and run by a young couple moved down from Boothbay Harbor Maine also happens to b the name of the store.Unreal prices and quality

              1920 Hillview St, Sarasota, FL 34239

              1. re: jordandavid

                place on hillview.. went in once hard to find parking bad location

                1. re: arthurd53

                  hillview is a very busy area but it is because of the quality businesses there.not a bad location.mid afternoons are very quiet and parking is a plenty

                  1. re: magiesmom

                    hillview has a large lunch crowd that can consume parking around11.30-2.30 then space always seems to become available

                  2. re: jordandavid

                    Been in several times since they opened. They have more inventory and better prices than Lotsa Lobster! These folks are from Boothbay Harbor and know LOBSTER! They have short-term dedicated parking, it's worth the trip if you like lobster. Publix...don't bother! They get their lobster from Canada and they are in the tank for ever with no food! Not great lobster! Boothbay Harbor Lobster Direct is the place to go! I don't just say that because I am from Boothbay Harbor...But as a teenager, I was a stern GIRL to boot. Enjoy!!

                    1. re: appleb

                      go to Cortez for local fish; forget Maine lobster in Florida!

              2. Star Fish and Bell Fish are at the end of 124th st. off Cortez. Star has a retail store that will clean and fillet for you. Bell is a little cheaper and you will be dodging forklifts, really. Both sell a Florida-only specialty; pompano. Exquisite! Stone crab season ends April 15, and as you know the claw is removed from the live animal and it is released to grow another. Live tanks are for tourists. We like everything fresh and packed in ice.

                1. Did not like my purchase from Lotsa of Lobster in Sarasota. Bought a 2 lb. lobster and it was very tough. Would not go back.

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                  1. re: Lizannern

                    I have been shopping at Lotsa Lobster ever since they opened and have never had anything but wonderful fresh fish. On the other hand I went to Lobster Direct last Monday, as LL is closed on Mondays and had a horrible experience. I looked at what was offered and choice the Halibut,the young man took it out of the case and came back a few min. later to tell me it wasn't good. I asked when he got it in and he said Sat....this is supposed to be fresh fish not three day old fish, he also said that it wasn't right from the beginning! They keep it in the case to sell???? Two other couples came in to buy fish and left with out any. When I walked into the store I didn't like the smell...fresh fish does not smell, should have left immediately. Last time there for sure.

                    1. re: Lizannern

                      Did you buy it allready cooked?

                    2. Loved Boothbay Harbor Lobster Direct on Hillview in Sarasota. 2 lb lobster and 1 lb. of steamers, cooked and ready for pick up. Very reasonable and it tasted great. Can't wait to go back. There New England clam chowder is to die for!

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                      1. re: Lizannern

                        ive been buying my seafood from lotsa lobster since they opened. they have great customer service(suzanne tom and chris)and the fish is always fresh as can be. ive never seen a bad piece of fish in their case! ! i have been to hillview to check it out and didnt buy anything. i am in lotsa lobster 3-4 times a week and always have been overly pleased with my choices. from fish to lobsters and clams they always have the freshest of fresh. if ever any problems, let them know as i am sure they will make sure to take care of it.

                        1. re: arthurd53

                          For fresh local fish go to Cortez. If you want filets go to Star Fish fish and restaurant, (in back on the dock) for whole fish, meaning large, 10 lb and up, Grouper, Snapper etc., go next door to A.P Bell, they own Star Fish, and buy whole, fresh off the boat, fish, and Stone Crabs, now in season. Jumbos were $18.00/lb Fish prices are around $6.00/lb. again this is the whole fish price NOT filets..

                          1. re: ospreycove

                            thanks for the tip. i am leaning more towards new england fish as i am from cape cod. i will keep cortez in mind for when i am in need of whole fish or local fish!

                            1. re: arthurd53

                              If you get a craving for a bit of New England, Rosie's Clam Shack in Pinellas Park serves up Ipswich whole belly fried clams, Maine lobsters, and New Bedford scallops. I was there Sunday a week ago, when lobster dinner is $15, and I had the clams, too. Everyone in the building was from New England, it seemed. (I'm from CT)

                              1. re: arthurd53

                                Try A Bit of Boston in Venice. Right on 41 just south of Shamrock Blvd. You won't be sorry!

                                1. re: OH2FL

                                  My partner and I had a lunch at Bit of Boston a few months ago;.........the clam chowder was from a can.......the lobster roll was nasty. We will never go there again.

                                  1. re: OH2FL

                                    I don't know about A Bit of Boston, but I read in the paper today that you are getting a Bonefish.

                                    1. re: Mother of four

                                      yes, it appears so......have you tried bonefish?

                                      1. re: prairieprincess

                                        Bonefish is a label in the Outback Steakhouse, Carrabbas, Fleming's and Roy's stable. It is o.k if you like the regimented, corporately owned and themed operations. The food has fairly strict standards, sourcing is worldwide so do not count on strictly local fresh off the docks fish at Bonefish Grill. Innovative design in the front of the house too.

                                        1. re: prairieprincess

                                          Foods good. Big problem with me is that they rush you in and out quickly. When you finish your salad the plate is removed and the entree is in front of you. When I sit down I tell them I am in no rush and to please not rush the food. We usually only go there if we have a show to go to as it is a quick in and out, and as I said the food is quite good.

                                          1. re: Mother of four

                                            That happens many places in snowbird season. Try eating there or anyplace in June or July! Service is GREAT!

                                            1. re: OH2FL

                                              We have found, unfortunately, that the quality goes down in the off season at many of our favorite haunts. Could it be a "summer chef drain"?

                                              1. re: prairieprincess

                                                Strange, never happens to us. In fact our favorite places make sure the quality is there as well as the amount... Often a bit more food. Could it be attitude?!

                                  2. re: arthurd53

                                    I totally agree with what you said. I just wish that anyone that has had a bad experience there would tell them, as I know that they would make it right.