Fish market recommendations?
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!
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!
When you are in West LA, go visit Santa Monica Seafood. Excellent fish.
Santa Monica Seafood
1205 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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.
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.
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.
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!