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Best place to buy fish in Seattle?

icecreamgal Sep 13, 2007 09:50 PM


I recently moved to Queen Anne Hill, and am looking for a place to buy fresh wild fish to prepare at home (wild salmon, black cod, etc...) I went to the Pike Place Market yesterday and was discouraged by the prices...are there non-touristy places that are more reasonably priced?


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    tinaweha Sep 23, 2007 03:44 PM

    When people talk about the fresh salmon at Uwajimaya's, is it just as good on the Eastside (Bellevue/Redmond) branch?

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    1. re: tinaweha
      mrnelso Sep 24, 2007 09:07 PM

      At a guess, since Seattle if a tiny closer to the sea, yes, but hope to learn...

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        pablissima Sep 25, 2007 12:27 AM

        I work near the Uwajimaya in Bellevue and to be honest, no, go to the ID one. Much larger selection, and I've gotten mussels from the Eastside one with barely any alive. The ID one is generally larger too, so bigger selection.

    2. seattledebs Sep 17, 2007 03:48 PM

      I agree on the farmers' markets. There's a guy who sells good fish at the little one on Fridays at MLK & Union. He also has smoked halibut that's delicious. I also agree on University Seafood & Poultry. I do have to defend one of the places at the Pike Place Market, though. I've been buying from Pike Place Fish (the one by the pig) for years and they have excellent quality. Sometimes pricier than some of the places named here, but sometimes not pricier. Unlike University Seafood & Poultry, they don't charge to wrap with ice (or at least that was my experience once at US&P).

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        christy319 Sep 17, 2007 02:29 PM

        Try your local farmer's market as well. The Ballard FM recently had the best, freshest salmon I've ever had, from Wilson's (they'd catch it off La Push then sell it fresh at the market). Unfortunately that season was only May-Sept, though they still have smoked and frozen.

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          equinoise Sep 17, 2007 03:12 PM

          ...and Wilson's smoked salmon, at least the brown sugar and garlic variant, is wild good.

          1. re: equinoise
            jaydeflix Sep 17, 2007 05:19 PM

            They do a smoked halibut that will make you plotz too. Hella good.

            And yeah, they are only selling frozen fish for the rest of the year, tho, to be honest, they didn't think they'd be fishing for this past weeks market either. In fact, it's the second weekend in a row that he's said that. I'm guessing seattledebs is talking about them too.

            Loki is pretty good at the market too, but I'm still a wilson's guy. Got 10 lbs in the freezer waiting to come out for a december wedding. =)

        2. kellbags Sep 15, 2007 04:22 PM

          generaly I would agree with those who recommended Mutual Fish. They are freshness fanatics and not over-priced. Uwajimaya would be next - offers more variety too if you're looking for more than salmon/black cod.

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            PAO Sep 15, 2007 10:31 AM

            The best places are not near where you live. University Seafood and Poultry is a great family run place in the heart of the University District--I think they're on their third generation at least, and the employees there have been there forever and really know their stuff. Mutual Fish in the Rainier Valley is the south end equivalent. I can't say either one is cheap, but in seafood sometimes you really do get what you pay for.

            1. dagoose Sep 14, 2007 10:50 AM

              Not near QA, but Mutual def. has the best deals in town. If you are not totally rich, avoid whole foods at all cost--they charge a lot more for the same or less good quality fish.

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                icecreamgal Sep 14, 2007 08:59 AM

                Thanks for your suggestions, everyone. I just googled Fisherman's Terminal--is it on 18th Ave W. (near Nickerson St., on the bottom north end of QA?) Just want to make sure!

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                1. re: icecreamgal
                  mrnelso Sep 14, 2007 07:36 PM

                  Yes, Fisherman's Terminal is on the canal, right at the South end of the Ballard bridge.

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                  tilt Sep 13, 2007 11:18 PM

                  I live on the hill...... here are my thoughts...

                  1) Avoid Wild Salmon at the AJ location, but go to the fishermans terminal one. The guys down there are real helpful, and they move product, so its in good shape. I found the guys at the top of the Hill location suffer from "the macrena syndrome".. don't get me started on their lack of customer service skills) This does NOT include the guys /gals at A &J meats who are fantastic !

                  2) Met Market usually has good stuff... Lumi Sockeye is to die for

                  3) Jacks in the market - not touristy, good prices - he'd rather sell you a fresh Neah Bay than a Copper River

                  HAve fun !!!!!!!!!!!!

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                    mrnelso Sep 13, 2007 10:56 PM

                    As Terrier says, Uwajimaya will surprise you. Jack's is where I go if I need to grab something downtown on the way home. Near you, check out Wild Salmon. While you're at Fisherman's Terminal, check to see what the boats are selling. One day I got halibut that had been flash-frozen the hour it was caught. Beauty. When "fresh" means it just came out of the hold, it's not clear at all this means better fish, if it has spent a month there on the trip. Mutual Fish.

                    1. terrier Sep 13, 2007 10:45 PM

                      Uwajimaya. Almost always several dollars cheaper than the market and just as fresh or fresher. When I do shop in the market I usually find Jack's has the best fish for the money.

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                        bstone Sep 13, 2007 10:38 PM

                        I live in Queen Anne too, but I never buy fish on the hill. There is a Wild Salmon outpost at A&J meats (a great meat store) at Queen Anne & McGraw, but I've not tried it. I buy fish at Uwajimaya in the ID, Mutual Fish on Rainier and Costco. The latter usually has a couple of wild fish options and terrific prices. They had whole black cod last week.

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                          Roo Sep 13, 2007 10:24 PM

                          Wild Salmon at Fishermen's Terminal (next to Chinook's).

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                            koggit Sep 13, 2007 10:16 PM

                            I'm not quite sure where you moved here from, but I think you'll find most grocery stores have pretty fresh salmon here. My personal choice, as it is for all meats and seafood, is the Whole Foods on Roosevelt (around 65th -- about 20 blocks north of The Ave in the U District).

                            If you need fresher, maybe somebody else can help you out, as I've never looked for better. Whole Foods more than meets my needs.

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