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Where can I get tilapia?

I'm looking for a load of tilapia, farmed, organic if possible--I'm making fish tacos for a crowd.
Any suggestions for where I could get good tilapia, preferably either in the downtown/Riverdale or Hwy 7and Woodbine areas.

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  1. I am not sure about organic, but T&T has fresh tilapia (whole not fillets) there is also a grocery store on Kennedy just north of 14th ave called First Choice if you approach them ahead of time they may be willing to offer you a slight bulk discount.

    1. Hi there,
      As I understand it all tilapia is farmed. It is widely available at Loblaws (though I'd never by fish there) as well as at Pisces Seafood on Yonge near the Rosedale liquor store. Whole Foods Hazelton lanes has it too and I often buy the huge bags of flash frozen tilapia filets at Costo and they are wonderful.

      1. Bayview north of Hwy 7 has a big chinese grocery store that should sell live Tilapia. Usually cheaper at the Chinese places. Too bad there's no big Chinese grocery store in Hwy 7/Woodbine area (it would do great business).

        1. city fish at dufferin & lawrence had organic tilapia once a couple of months ago (it was the first time i had seen it) but i i haven't seen it there since...i would call them and see if they can get it for you again....also, costco carries tilapia...i buy it there frequently and it is fresh.

          1. I always buy my tilapia at Mike's in the St. Lawrence Market and it has always been good and fresh. No "fishiness".

            One time only, they offered me "organic" tilapia, for a little bit more. I bought it and it was good, but I can't say I could have distinguished between the organic and the regular in a blind taste test. I've not seen it since, but then again, I haven't really looked that hard.

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            1. re: Gary

              We've bought fresh tilapia from the fish counter at No Frills before..

            2. Bill's Lobster had fresh tilapia on Monday for $6.99/lb

              1. I buy talipia all the time from the Concord Food Market. On Centre St in the Bathurst and Hwy 7 area. Its always fresh.

                1. It's probably the most widely available fish other than farmed salmon. In downtown/Riverdale, you'll likely find it at all the fish places at St Lawrence Market, at Bill's lobsters and several other places along Gerrard, at Pisces, at Whole Foods, and at any major supermarket with fresh fish.

                  I've read that tilapia farming is less environmentally contentious than other fish farming, but have no idea whether or not this is true. What I DO know from experience is that tilapia, when fresh, is fish for people who don't like fish. It has little to no taste and would disappear entirely in your fish tacos. (When not fresh, it's as yucky as anything else.)

                  I know that it isn't traditionally used for tacos, but I'd bet that wild cod would taste better.

                  1. You can get fresh tilapia from a number of Chinese supermarkets. As for its flavor, it really depends on how you cook it. Snapper, halibut and other well known fish can taste bland too if you don't know the best way to prepare it. Be warned though, tilapia can have a slight muddy taste. Personally, I think it is best when broiled or deep fried whole.

                    1. You know what I like, the prepared tilapia at T&T or Asian Market (in the Price Chopper on Major Mac between Leslie and Bayview, all dressed with a sauce of onions and peppers,and at a good price.