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where to get or eat abalone in san diego

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smile81 May 7, 2008 06:34 PM

I have never had this delicacy and would like to try it. any suggestions for either making it at home or a restaurant that serves it well

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    wanker RE: smile81 May 8, 2008 02:17 PM

    Top of the Market (the upstairs restaurant at he Fish Market in Seaport Village) is the only place I've seen that has served it, and it wasn't cheap at around $75.00 a plate. However, my guess is that Point Loma Seafood, the Fish Market or any other quality fish vendor could order it for you. However, it's rarely served locally any more becuase of the price, and the Japanese will pay top dollar for it.

    1. Josh RE: smile81 May 8, 2008 03:24 PM

      I've seen it at Mariscos German, actually. Not sure if they have it all the time, but it is on their menu.

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        littlestevie RE: smile81 May 8, 2008 04:04 PM

        I have also seen it at fish house vera cruz. I am not sure if it is the farmed stuff from Cayucus (sp?) or from Mexico but I am pretty sure it was the Red. I thought it was around 60.00.

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          chin_monster RE: smile81 May 11, 2008 01:51 AM

          For the last few weeks Ranch 99 Supermarket in Kearney Mesa has had live farmed (I would assume from Carlsbad) abalone in the seafood section -small little things, but not that expensive either.

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            susancinsf RE: chin_monster May 11, 2008 08:25 AM

            I will put a post on home cooking about how to prepare it, since OP also asked about that alternative....

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              susancinsf RE: susancinsf May 11, 2008 09:04 AM

              here you go:

              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/517979

          2. Alice Q RE: smile81 May 11, 2008 12:02 PM

            I think the Linkery is serving it occasionally, you might want to send the owner an email - www.thelinkery.com

            1. deckape RE: smile81 May 12, 2008 10:35 AM

              China Max on Convoy St has four abalone items on it's menu. Whole Ab with Oyster Sauce at market price, Braised Ab with Fish Maw ($66), Braised Ab with Black Mushroom ($42) and Braised Ab with Seasonal Vegetable ($42).

              I make no claims to it's quality, however, I've had some lovely meals at China Max and feel confident that they'd do a good job with the Ab.

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