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Fresh fish in Baltimore County

dmatous Feb 11, 2008 09:42 AM

I've been looking for a fishmonger that sells really fresh "off the boat" fish/seafood in the Baltimore County area. I have shopped at Whole Foods, Wegmans, and other local food stores but not satisfied. I find the fish in these places are overpriced and not consistently fresh.

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    Hue Feb 11, 2008 11:59 AM

    Not Baltimore County but Franks at the seafood market in Jessup is just a short drive off I-95

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    1. re: Hue
      dmatous Feb 12, 2008 10:34 AM

      Thanks all to your replies. I will try Conrad Crabs. As for the other recommendations, I have been to H Mart on RT 40 but it's almost an hour's drive and Frank's is even further (and I have been there). I'm amazed that Baltimore County doesn't have its own great fish!

      1. re: dmatous
        Jason1 Feb 12, 2008 10:54 AM

        Maybe you should be more specific where in Baltimore County you are! H-Mart is in Baltimore County.

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          hon Feb 12, 2008 10:55 AM

          They might be in the Eastern part of the county.

          1. re: Jason1
            dmatous Feb 13, 2008 11:11 AM

            Yes, you're right. I live in the Towson area so hoping to find something closer to home

            1. re: dmatous
              hon Feb 13, 2008 12:46 PM

              From Towson, H-Mart is maybe 20 minutes or so but Conrads is definately right there.

              1. re: dmatous
                onocoffee Feb 21, 2008 09:37 AM

                H-Mart an hours' drive from Towson???

                How slow are you driving?

                Perhaps the question to ask is what kind of fish and how discerning are you?

                If you want to stay in Towson, go and see what they have at Tako Seafood on York Road in Lutherville. Then there's Gibby's in Timonium and even Capt. Something in Cockeysville. Don's Crabs by Loch Raven also has fish.

                1. re: onocoffee
                  dmatous Feb 22, 2008 02:46 PM

                  Perhaps my driving is slow (though never acused of that before) but by beltway to Rolling Rd from where we are takes a good 40-45 minutes.....thanks for the other recommendations though you'll see I posted a very favorable review of Conrad's which is only about 10-15minutes away on Joppa.

                  1. re: dmatous
                    nicole11 Feb 22, 2008 04:18 PM

                    I'm with you!!

                    1. re: nicole11
                      hon Mar 9, 2008 04:05 PM

                      Love me some Conrads, got $1 cold crabs from them last night, they don't always have them on a Saturday but they did last night and they were very good! You have to look in the cold case that they have moved to the right when you first walk in (where the cole slaw, etc. is), if they are there you are good to go.
                      My parents don't live too far from Conrads which is how I first discovered them, the location used to me another seafood place, a carry-out of the Mo's chain. Thank God they knocked that old building down and built a new one when they bought it!

                      1. re: hon
                        baltimorejim Mar 9, 2008 07:20 PM

                        I guess I should get on board. I got 2 dozen nice heavy large crabs for my friend's going away get together this afternoon. Due to time constraints I couldn't wait for larger crabs that might or might not have arrived around 4:30 from the gulf. I also got half a dozen white perch that Tony Conrad had netted yesterday(? ). Added two rockfish filets for good measure. The crabs were fat and heavy but now I'm full and I may need to freeze the fish for a couple of days.

                        Jerry, the guy behind the counter, recommends the crappies when they get them. He explained that due to retrictions the take of yellow perch will be light or nonexistent since they cannot take them until March 15 when the yellow perch have already spawned and left. He said he's heard of netting 1500 pounds of yellow perch at one time this year that they returned to the water due to the restriction.

                        How's that for a fresh fish story?

                        1. re: baltimorejim
                          ko1 Mar 9, 2008 08:17 PM

                          I love to eat crappy! I know that sounds horribly wrong and it probably goes a long way towards explaining their commercial unavailability. I have never seen them for sale in any local seafood joint, but we used to bring them home by the dozens when fishing Loch Raven. One tough year when I was a teen, we practically lived off of our freezer stuffed with crappy.

        2. amethiste Feb 11, 2008 09:56 AM

          I get my fish from H-Mart on Route 40 in Catonsville

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          1. re: amethiste
            Jason1 Feb 11, 2008 10:12 AM

            Yes, H-Mart's probably your best option if you on the Southern End of the county. Grand Mart's decent as well.

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            hon Feb 11, 2008 09:53 AM

            Try Conrads Crabs on Joppa Road near Loch Raven Blvd. not a huge selection what they have always looks fresh to me.

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            1. re: hon
              dmatous Feb 22, 2008 02:43 PM

              Thank you for this reference! I've been twice now to Conrad's - bought rockfish and oysters (two types from Maryland) and second time beautiful tuna cut just the way we wanted. The husband-and-wife team are very knowledgable about the sources of their fish and appear to only carry what's really fresh at the moment.

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