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Best Fresh Fish Market in Pasadena area?

Okay, I tried searching the boards w/o much success, though this must have come up somewhere before.

I'm looking for a really great fresh fish shop somewhere near Pasadena. There's an asian supermarket near Din Tai Fung I've gone to which is good, but -- well, it's the asian supermarket experience.

Whole Foods has good seafood, and for what you pay you go go catch it yourself.

A friend of mine speaks well of Fish King in Glendale, but I haven't been yet.

I'm wondering if there's anywhere else with reasonable prices and good product.

Anyone got a clue?

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  1. your friend is right - go to fish king. not cheap, but very fresh. nice variety. btw: we have also had good luck (at times) with the "ralph's fresh faire" in la canada, which is usually a lot more reasonable than fish king.

    1. I also vote for Fish King. They supply some of the better restaurants in the area, I have heard. Also, I have been disappointed with Whole Foods on more than one occasion, and with the regular Ralphs...where in the past I have received stinky fish and freezer burned frozen seafood too. Now I always ask to smell the fish, a good policy.

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      1. re: Billow Fair

        the ralph's fresh faire in la canada keeps their fish on ice, not simply in a refrigerated case, thereby greatly reducing the problem of freezer burn. i've never had "stinky" fish from that store, and we usually have fish at home at least 2-3 times per week. i stay away from the local von's because their fish is NOT on ice.

      2. You might want to check out Seafood City (another Asian - Filippino supermarket), prices are pretty reasonable. They have lots of fresh seafood and a lot on display on ice and you can pick and bag your own. Its at the Eagle Rock Plaza on the ground floor. Maybe I'm biased, but I think the freshest seafood is going to be at Asian markets because there's a higher turnover. Scary thing about Whole Foods in Pasadena is that they have great looking seafood, but I don't see many people there buying the seafood (turnover? fresh?).

        1. Your best bet is with one of the Asian / Chinese markets in nearby SGV.

          If you don't want to go that route, there's a couple of good fish mongers at the Bristol Farms on Fair Oaks.

          1. Best fish/seafood market in the area is Paradise Seafood in Rosemead on Garvey Ave. They have tanks and tanks of live fish and seafood. Seafood is pretty much all they sell. It is much cheaper than Whole Foods. However, if you are bothered by the whole fish swimming in tank thing, it's not your place.

            1. Thanks for all the advice, everybody. I see some excursions in my future....

              1. Another vote for Fish King. [ACCENT TYPE="Brooklyn"]Nine years I'm going there and never a bad piece fish.[/ACCENT]

                They are patient, too, so if you want to sniff things or whatever you're welcome to. They'll also do work for you if you want (peeling shrimp, trimming ahi for sashimi, whatever).

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                1. re: Das Ubergeek

                  I agree with the Fish King's reqs. They also have very good organic chickens. Also, I like the fish at Bristol Farms in South Pas and they never look at me crazy when I ask to smell the fish!

                2. Here's another vote for Fish King. I've also seen a nice selection of fresh-looking seafood at 99 Ranch in San Gabriel. There's also a nice selection at the Whole Foods on Arroyo Pkwy., and I've found the fishmongers there to be helpful in making a selection. I know next-to-nothing about fish or cooking it, but I'm trying to eat healthier, and they've offered good advice on what to buy and how to prepare it.

                  HOWS market, my preferred stop for buying meat, doesn't have as big a selection of fresh fish as WF, but they often have good ahi at a killer price. I've bought marvelous fresh ahi there on special for $10.99/lb, which is about half of what they get for it at WF.

                  1. if you don't wnat to go asian market or chain supermarket. go to san marino seaffod co?
                    it is on huntington dr. you can even eat there

                    1. Gelson's in south Pasadena or, even better, King Fish in Glendale.