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Good Fishmongers in NoVA?

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New to NoVA, not sure where to find fresh, quality seafood for sale. Any recommendations appreciated!

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  1. I know there is a fishmonger on Lee Hwy in Arlington right behind Crispy and Juicy. I've been meaning to check it out, but haven't gotten around to it yet. Please let us know how it is.

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    1. re: buckeye

      Prepared food there (crabcake for me, forget what my mom had) was only so-so, but the raw product looked very good.

      1. re: buckeye

        The place just off of Lee and Woodrow is American Seafood, and they are pretty good. The sandwiches are ok, fried or grilled to order. The fish are very fresh, I remember Channel 4 (?) did a special on the cleanlieness of fish sold in the DC area and this place was one of the cleanest around. The Asian places I've been to tend to have speed of sale as their strong point, they sell a lot of fish so it doesn't sit around. Their cleaning of surfaces tends to be a bit less than obsessive. I like the one on 29 near Gallows, but not the one on Gallows south and west of 29. Both have outstanding selections, tho.

      2. Black Salt in the Palisades area of DC [northwest of Georgetown] has the most interesting and varied seafood. Very fresh.

        Within VA, I go to the new Whole Foods in Fairfax and the nearby Wegman's.

        Many people recommend the several large Asian grocery stores. I am apprehensive about the fish there but it is likely just me. They certainly are popular.

        There is a place on Glebe Road just off 395, I believe it is Slavin and Sons. I have been there many times and am unimpressed.

        Try the open air fish market on Maine Avenue. Always interesting.

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        1. re: Dakota Guy

          The big Korean supermarkets, like H-Mart (Han Ah Reum) on Lee Highway, have a large and fresh selection of fish and other seafood. I'm not sure why the above poster is apprehensive about these markets. Most asians prefer to go to these markets because they don't just sell your typical salmon and sea bass and the fish is fresh.

          I find Whole Foods to have fresh fish, but way too overpriced. A pound of halibut cost me $20. Even Dean & Deluca is a little better priced.

          1. re: caffeinated

            I have purchased "fresh" fish from WF that I have had to throw away. It didn't smell or taste off, but the texture was inedible. I was under the impression that they don't dip the fish in chlorinated water to keep it fresher, so that wasn't the reason. It was one of a pair of fresh whole fish that I purchased, and the other was ok, so it wasn't 1) my storage or 2) my cooking. Never bought any fish there since.

            1. re: bacchante

              It might depend on location but I've brought back fish from Whole Foods because it smelled so bad (day of sale). If I'm paying such high prices, I expect that not to happen.

          2. re: Dakota Guy

            The smell once I step inside Slavin has made me turn around and leave. Once I asked for a whole frozen octopus and received a block of frozen squid. All smushed together I couldn't tell until I started to defrost it. So that's off my list

            I have purchased "fresh" fish from WF that I have had to throw away. It didn't smell or taste off, but the texture was inedible. I was under the impression that they don't dip the fish in chlorinated water to keep it fresher, so that wasn't the reason. It was one of a pair of fresh whole fish that I purchased, and the other was ok, so it wasn't 1) my storage or 2) my cooking. Never bought any fish there since.

            I do buy fish at America's Seafood mentioned above, but I look at it pretty carefully, as some of it sometimes looks pretty tired. Squid has not been good from there lately.

            On the whole, it's worth the drive up to Black Salt for pristine stuff. It may cost a bit more, but we can tell the difference on the plate.

          3. Near me in Alexandria, VA, a Bestway Latino Mercado opened recently. The whole fish looked and smelled very fresh. Head on shrimp too.
            http://www.bestwaymarket.com/aboutus....