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Jonathan Apr 16, 2002 11:16 AM

I split my time between LBC and West LA. I'm willing to drive just about anywhere for quality fish. Anything from sashimi grade fish to really great catfish. Thanks!

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    JudAU Apr 18, 2002 02:40 PM

    I have to agree about Fishland. I was really excited when they opened because I pass it on my way home. Half the market is Kosher. I have had some decent fish there but my last purchase was just awful. I bought an expensive dorade and the texture was like slime. Inedible.

    I stick to Santa Monica Seafood (although I have written about their poor storage of dried goods) for great fish. Bristol Farms and Whole Foods have done a better job with their fish. I feel comfortable buying there.

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      Zoe Apr 16, 2002 01:56 PM

      Fishland on Olympic, west of Doheny on the south side has a good selection, lotte, Dover Sole and I saw a sign that is is also Kosher.

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        Lana Tolman Apr 17, 2002 12:21 PM

        The Fishland on Olympic has some of the worst quality fish I have seen. I have had my shopper go there and several times I have had to send the fish back. Once I asked her to get Lump Crab and they gave her Dunguness. One time I told her to get me 10 oz pieces of Black Cod, they were 6 oz piece of cod. Do not go there. Drive the extra and go to Santa Monica Seafood.

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          Foodie Apr 17, 2002 07:54 PM

          My shopper had the same experience, and I didn't know whether to blame my shopper or Fishland, so I just fired my shopper and stoppped using Fishland altogether.

          I think Santa Monica Seafood is a very fine store.

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        Festle Apr 16, 2002 01:55 PM

        Fish King on Glendale Ave in Glendale is also worth checking out

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          evanloo Apr 16, 2002 01:23 PM

          I actually enjoy the hustle and bustle of the fish section in Ranch 99 markets, particularly the larger ones (such as the one off Del Mar and Valley in San Gabriel, or the one off Nogales in Rowland Heights is pretty well stocked). You can often purchase fresh salmon for $3.99/lb (with the VIP club card), and there is a good selection of whole fish such as pompano, bass, etc. as well as fish still swimming in tanks, fresh crabs, lobsters, geoduck clams, Chilean seabass for $5.99/lb. (may have been previously frozen), halibut, swordfish, rock cod, etc. Plus, if you wish, they can fry the fish for you. The produce and meat sections are very well priced as well. I don't mind the drive for all these goodies, especially when I can stop and eat excellent Chinese food along the way, too!

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            FED Apr 16, 2002 01:15 PM

            I buy almost all of my fish at farmers markets. At Santa Monica Wednesday, there's Anjin. There's a great woman fishmonger at the Torrance Saturday market (fresh anchovies and sardines sometimes!). And then there's the inimitable Pete Siracusa at several other markets (including Long Beach Friday and Sunday). The first two are among the few places in the city where you can find whole fish, rather than fillets. They are also among the few places that stock locally caught fish, rather than the same stuff flown out of Seattle everyone else gets.

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              Alison B. Apr 16, 2002 01:26 PM

              I get most of my fish from the fish guy at the Westwood Farmer's Market (Thursdays). Everything I've gotten from him has been great, and his prices are pretty reasonable as well.

              Bristol Farms also has very nice fish, as does Tusquella's Seafood in the Farmer's Market at 3rd & Fairfax.

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              Ray Apr 16, 2002 12:34 PM

              When you are in West LA, go visit Santa Monica Seafood. Excellent fish.

              Santa Monica Seafood
              1205 Colorado Ave.
              Santa Monica, CA 90404
              310-393-5244

              I also agree with the post below. I won't buy fish at many places, but Bristol Farms is my second choice and also has excellent fish and service.

              Link: http://www.santamonicaseafood.com

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                woo! Apr 16, 2002 12:15 PM

                I've always had really good luck at the Jimmy's Fish Market in the Marketplace in Long Beach. It's located by the Trader Joe's just off PCH and Westminister (across from the In and Out) in Long Beach. Bristol Farms also has good fish from time to time... I usually call ahead to see what they recieved in that day to see if it something that I'd like. There is a Bristol Farms on Bellflower near Stearns in Long Beach. Hope this helps!

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