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May 27, 2007 12:43 PM

Buying fresh NC shrimp in the Triangle - where and what price?

I'm a native to Florida, so I'm not familiar with how much I should be paying for fresh local shrimp around these parts. Back in FL, the going-rate was around $6/pound. Needless to say, it's unreasonable to expect such around here.

How much should I be paying, and where should I be getting it? I had a craving for shrimp today, which is not very convenient considering when the non-grocery store spots usually set up shop with seafood. Paid $13.99/pound at Whole Foods...

Should I stop by Tom Robinson's?

Is that guy who used to park himself across from the Durham Farmer's Market still in business, and if so, when is he usually there?

What about the seafood person who sets up a stand in the parking lot of Mapleview Farms?

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  1. Earps Seafood on S Dawson st going towards garner from raleigh. Almost everything there is from NC and always fresh. Cheap, too.

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    1. re: insectrights

      I see that Earps is very near the State Farmers Market. How is the Farmers Market selection of seafood in comparison?

      1. re: mikeh

        There hasn't been a fresh fish counter at the Farmers' Market for quite a while now. The fish market is prepared food only. I love their sandwiches but I swear, if they could figure out a way to deep fry cole slaw, they'd do it.

    2. Harris Teeter had them last week on special at about $5.99/lb. depending on the count and whether it was headless or head on.

      $13.99/lb. at Whole Paycheck? That's why I don't go there anymore.

      1. When the seafood market inside the farmers market closed a new one opened across Lake Wheeler. It was good and if it is still open, it probably still is. Earp's is within a mile and does a lot of business which makes me think the seafood is fresher. I'll buy sea scallops at whole foods, but for fish I go to Earps.

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        1. re: blewgo

          I just tried to Google it, and I can't find the name of the Seafood Grocer near the state farmers market, but yes, it is there and in business. I have always had great luck there. It is diagonally up Lake Wheeler Road on the right (if coming from the Frm Mrt with I-40 behind you). On another note, - and though this could get pricey - I used to buy seafood directly from 42nd Street Oyster Bar restaurant. You cannot beat the quality/ freshness and it is nice to know that when you are entertaining.

        2. Searched old threads and it really looks like Earps can't be beat for freshness and turnover. I work down in that area anyway (at least for the next couple of months), so this will be very convenient. Will also check out Tom Robinson's when the mood strikes.

          I don't see much mention of Capital Seafood in Durham (University Drive). Can anyone vouch for/against this place?

          1. I just paid $9.99 a pound for tiger prawns (U-15?) at Costco (I know, I know, bad for the environment). They have a fish at a decent price, but generally not a huge variety: There's usually tilapia and catfish (farmed), salmon (farmed and sometimes wild -- you get a LOT of farmed salmon for $20), occasionally wild halibut, rainbow trout (4 for $15ish?), scallops, clams, ahi tuna.