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Best Place to Buy Seafood In Asheville?

We loved Mirimar Seafood Makket on Hendersonville Road, but they closed a while back. I just had a bad experience purchasing from Earth Fare (mushy shrimp..ew) and am now on the hunt for the best place to buy seafood here in town. We were really spoiled with Mirimar, I think. Such a shame. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...

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  1. Ingles on Merrimon in N. Asheville uses the same seafood supplier as Fresh Market across the street.

    1. check out the tailgate markets. Namely the one on Wednesday near the food co-op downtown. There is a guy who brings fresh seafood from the coast.

      1. Which EF location? I always had good luck with the Westgate location. Where ever you go, get to know the people. Ask when shipments come in, how to special order, where its from. EF Westgate was always great at that & the few times I wasn't happy they took care of it.

        fyi: for trout you can go directly to Sunburst. Can't get any fresher in WNC!

        1. I have been very pleased with the fish I've bought at Greenlife on Merrimon. They are a little pricey, but the fish is very fresh.

          1. Check out Blue Water Seafood in Hendersonville. 25 mins. down the road, but incredibly fresh and friendly.


            1. Cape Fear Seafood just off 74 on the left just past the Sonic.Very Fresh

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              1. re: Spreadhead

                Thanks for all the recs. We got some scallops from Greenlife last night and they were really good. I am looking forward to trying Cape Fear next.

              2. Crablegs frozen at Sam's. Let them thaw, split them, put on gril for 4 minutes each side. They are to die for...

                1. We moved to Asheville one year ago part-time and are very frustrated with the lack of fresh fish/seafood options. I wasn't thrilled with Miramar - thought the selection was limited and did not look fresh. Agree that Earth Fare is awful, actually Ingles on Long Shoals is better and the only thing that looks decent that I've tried is the salmon. Fresh Market is no good. Nothing looks fresh at any place I have been and they all have limited selections. I will have to try some of the recs below, but am definitely wary. It makes no sense, since most fish markets have their products flown in anyway. It's ashame that there is no Whole Foods in Asheville - their fish selection is abundant and always fresh.

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                  1. re: LifeisGood58

                    again, you should check out the tailgate market on Wednesday across from The Asheville Wine Market. While the variety is extremely limited, it was usually caught the previous day. Also, someone told me that a couple drives up from the coast every weekend and sells freshly caught seafood at Smiley's flea market at an outside stall. From what I hear they sell out very quickly though.

                    1. re: WNCfoodie

                      foodie is right, best seafood in town by far, get to the market early when he has the biggest selection,

                      1. re: hartly

                        The seafood place (Cape Fear) on the left before mine hole gap. Its as fresh of seafood as you will ever get up here. Its not flown in, its driven from the docks overnight and sold to you the next day.

                        1. re: Spreadhead

                          Thanks so much for the Cape Fear rec! It is exactly what we were looking for. Staff is very nice, it's a family business, and the selection is very good. We have been there two nights in a row - scallops yesterday (sweet and tender) and wahoo tonight (I love wahoo and don't see it very often in other stores). The lady behind the counter said everything that we were looking at today "was swimming yesterday." Good prices too (comparable with Fresh Market/Earth Fare). Thanks again!

                          1. re: Spreadhead

                            I'm confused. Is Cape Fear part of the tailgate market? Or is it a store? Where is mine hole gap?

                            1. re: danna

                              I think the actual name of the place is Cape Fear Coast Seafood. Its a store located at 119 Old Charlotte Highway, just off Hwy. 74 south of the BRP.

                              If you Google the name, it will pull up a map.

                      2. re: LifeisGood58

                        Well, our airport is tiny, we are enveloped by mountains not the ocean so why would we have great seafood? I don't think any city can be known for everything.

                        1. re: leanpig

                          All of the fine restaurants in Asheville that serve fish, are getting it flown in and their fish is delicious. I had lobster in a dish the other night that was flown in from Maine. I would think that some of the markets could do the same. I think they are getting in flown in, but not from the best sources. Although New York and Boston are on the ocean, a lot of the fish is flown in from other places and their fish selection and quality is excellent. It is frustrating, especially since most types of fish are healthier to eat rather than meat or chicken.

                          1. re: LifeisGood58

                            I think you'll find that only a few restaurants fly in things. Most use the same truck driven suppliers that Miramar used. As a matter of fact Miramar supplied items to many of the "fine" restaurants in Asheville. Freshness of seafood depends it's time out of the sea to your door. Develop a relationship with your fish seller and buy what's freshest. I agree that presently the best fish in town is the tailgate market at the French Broad Coop. I haven't tried Cape Fear but plan to.

                            1. re: catsailor

                              I still think many restaurants here are afraid of fresh seafood...the mountains have never been an area where people ate anything but trout or perhaps catfish....I am excited to see so many restaurants now are doing a better job with fresh seafood.