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Jul 7, 2007 10:41 AM

The best Fishmonger / Fish market?

So what IS the best place for a home cook to shop? I am in DuPage county but willing to drive with my cooler and ice if it is really worth it.

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  1. Rubino's and Isaacsons' are both in the fulton market and both sell to the general public. if i remember, at both you have whole fish and filet options as well as live shellfish. they sell mainly to restaurants so they tend to have a greater variety of fish than say, dirk's on clybourn, which probably has the best quality, and is geared towards the home cook. what places suit you best would depend on what you are looking for. dirks has a good website, and is as knowledgable as the commercial sellers

    Rubino's Seafood Inc.
    735 W. Lake St., Chicago
    Tel: (312) 258-0020

    Isaacson & Stein Fish Co.
    800 W. Fulton Market, Chicago
    Tel: (312) 421-2444

    Dirk's Fish and Gourmet Shop
    2070 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago
    Tel: (773) 404-3475

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    1. re: mitch cumstein

      I honestly dont know if it would be worth it to drive all the way into town just to stop by Isaacson or Dirks. Maybe if you are already in the area. I live a five minute drive from Isaacson and I love the place, but my main reason is that its conveneint, and very reasonably priced. Probably half the price of Dirk's (Dirk's prices are similar to whole foods) and just about the same qualitey as far as I can tell. I've been to Dirk's a few times, and they are always very helpful, but I usually feel that I am paying about twice as much as I should.

      Much more exciting, if you are in Dupage, is the pending opening of H-Mart in Naperville on Ogden Rd. H-Mart is a national chain of Korean Supermarkets, with one outlet in Niles, that has a truely amazing selection of fish and seafood, as well as a huge produce section and all sorts of pan-asian ingredients, with the focus on Korean and Japanese. But the seafood area will blow you away. And its the best deal in town.

      If you can get up to Niles, check out the existing H-Mart to see what you have in store. FYI, there is tons of other great food shopping in NIles. If you are in the area, also check Jerry's Fruit and Garden. It is seriously crowded, so be prepared for that, but a very interesting and diverse selection of Ethnic foods, also a great deal. 7901 N Milwaukee Ave. As a city dweller, I find it worth my while to drive up to Niles occasionally instead of shopping in town.

    2. What about Supreme Lobster and Seafood? They are primarily wholesale but have a retail store at 220 East North Avenue, Villa Park. If I lived nearby, I would not drive way into Chicago.

      1. Thanks everyone! I appreciate your fine advice!