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Copper River Source in Bay Area?

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"Source" as in place to purchase or dine on, not as in source of the Copper River--LOL. Has anyone read or heard anything this year?


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  1. By historic measures, you're early by four weeks or so. Costco and Safeway in previous years have been good sources (use the search function to see previous Copper River threads). With typical Alaskan king going for $26/lb in my neighborhood right now, I'm bracing in a big jump in the price of the Copper River, which is typically only available for 2-3 weeks around here. With any luck, Costco and Safeway locked in contracts back before the salmon fishing closure was applied to CA and OR, and will pass the savings onto consumers. I'm not holding my breath, though ....

    Sushi Monster

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    1. re: Sushi Monster

      We bought some CRS from Costco a couple of years ago. Tasteless. Such a letdown, in fact, that we gave most of it away for free to coworkers.

      I've got a cousin in Anchorage who is lining up a shipment of the real deal to us. heh-heh-heh ;)

      1. re: Sushi Monster

        I was in Seattle last weekend & they're already here! Copper River is simply ambrosial.

      2. kinkade's bayhouse in burlingame usually has it during the season. I've also seen it at whole foods too.

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        1. re: peppatty

          Horatio's in San Leandro and Skates in Berkeley are also part of the Kincaid's chain, I believe they all have it. Safe dish to order if you have to go to one of those places but I avoid them.

        2. Palomino used to serve it, but I'm not sure if they still do. Don't know that you will hear any positive things about Palomino on this board, though!

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          1. re: dinnerout

            The Palomino chain is, like Kincaid's / Skates / Horatio's, owned by Restaurants Unlimited Inc.

            1. re: kc72


              Any idea what variety and whether or not it's been frozen?

              1. re: kc72

                At that low a price, I wonder if it really is Copper River salmon. Fisherman's Express up in Anchorage has it at $35 a pound. A few years ago an investigation revealed that much "wild" salmon in markets was actually farmed.

              2. Luckys tomorrow $14.99 a pound/ weather permitting.

                1. In the Raleys/Nob Hill ad this week, they have Fresh Stikine River (Alaska) King Salmon whole or half for $14.99/lb. Or the Salmon Steaks for $19.99/lb.

                  some info from Raleys: http://www.raleys.com/store/seafood/0...

                  1. Right on time. Safeway club price for Copper River *sockeye* is $14 club price, versus $28 list price. It'll be around for two weeks, they estimate. Not the $10.50 we saw last year, but, considering what happened to the Pacific salmon fishery this year, I was braced for much much worse.

                    Sushi Monster

                    1. This week, Raley's and Nob Hill Markets in the Bay Area (I like the Nob Hill in Redwood Shores) are selling Fresh Stikine River King Salmon (Whole or Half) for $14.99/lb. I've never had salmon from this Alaskan river, but I'll bet it's at least as good as the Copper River Sockeye from Safeway or Costco. I usually like King Salmon much better than Sockeye -- King Salmon is fattier and has a more lush texture.

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                      1. re: Nancy Berry

                        SF Costco didn't have any more CR Salmon yesterday 6/5/08.

                        1. re: baron45

                          Lucky Super on Fulton Street (SF) had some labeled Copper River Sockeye Salmon in package form and in the display case. Steaks are $9.99/lb and filets are $12.99/lb. Didn't see any at Safeway on Webster St.

                          Haven't checked Costco yet.

                          1. re: baron45

                            Foster City costco had a stash of Copper River Wild Coho Salmon a few days ago. Really good stuff. How I wish this stuff was as easily available more often...it's too crazy to pay $12 to $19 for 2 pieces of Copper River sushi at some places.

                            1. re: K K

                              We bought a few pounds of CRS at Costco a few years ago an found it so tasteless that we gave the rest of it away.

                              I think the whole Copper River thing has turned into a gigantic scam. I had some excellent CRS about 10 years ago at the Brooklyn Cafe in Seattle. The texture and taste unlike any other salmon I've had. However, in recent years, I cannot tell the difference between CRS and regular king salmon. 2 years ago I bought 10 pounds of CRS from an outfit in Seattle. This too was nothing special....by special, I mean justifying the $350 price tag. I suspect that the stuff making the shelves at Costco as been caught pretty far upstream where the oil content is significantly depleted.

                              From now on, the only CRS I will buy or eat must be ocean caught...preferrably by my own rod

                              1. re: chilihead2006

                                This week's Safeway flier shows CRS on sale for $9.99/lb for filets. The Lucky flier shows whole CRS for $7.99/lb.

                                1. re: chilihead2006

                                  I'm not sure if "scam" is the word, but I agree that the Costco CRS I got last year and again yesterday ($9.99, Richmond) is kind of tasteless and low-fat. Last year I stocked the freezer, this year the one package will be enough, despite the low price.

                                  1. re: ernie in berkeley

                                    When CRS is going for $35/lb and Costco is selling massive volumes at $9.99, one wonders if it's too good to be true.

                                    It's relatively easy to net thousands of half dead, oil-depleted salmon many miles upstream. Who wants CRS that does not have a huge oil content?

                                    As far as I'm concerned, the CRS market has been destroyed by scammers, and others selling low-quality fish, including Costco.

                                    1. re: chilihead2006

                                      I just bought some very nice looking wild caught Copper River sockeye salmon at the El Camino (South SF) Costco for $9.99/lb.It has nice stripes of fat and is a beautiful bright orange color. I'm looking forward to cooking it tonight.

                                      1. re: Nancy Berry

                                        Any current information about where I can find Copper River Salmon in the Bay Area ?

                        2. Roger @ Zushi Puzzle had some last weekend. WOW, was that good.

                          1. I just bought some Copper River Sockeye at Good Earth in Fairfax. It was 14.99 or 16.99 a lb (can't remember exactly).