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pilches Jun 19, 2008 06:25 AM

There's a very good article in today's food section in the Herald about sustainable fishing and what to eat and buy and what not to. Two Bills got a very good write-up. Just wondering who's been there and what are the comments.

  1. Rimtalay Jun 19, 2008 09:25 AM

    We went there about a month ago (late in the afternoon). There were many coolers full of yellow tail snappers (looked very fresh). In addition, there were fresh golden crabs & shrimps. The place reminds me of Bahamas.

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      Bryony Jun 20, 2008 11:27 AM

      Where exactly is this place?

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        Bryony Jun 23, 2008 11:29 AM

        I found it! It's just off Griffin Rd, on 44th, just east of 441. It really is like the islands. You drive down this little street with boat salvage yards, and you get to the end, and there's crab traps stacked up, and all sorts of stuff to look at. I bought a beautiful strawberry grouper. I'm afraid I didn't do it justice, but I'll try again this week. I have a new favorite fishmonger. The guys that work there were very cool, and it was just a fun experience.

        1. Frodnesor Jun 23, 2008 02:23 PM

          Based on the description, I'm pretty sure this is where Red Light on Biscayne is getting their fish. A couple weeks ago they were telling me about driving around Davie to find this fish market (and 441 & Griffin is Davie, not Dania Beach).

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            ldkelley Jun 24, 2008 02:54 PM

            I go to Captain Mikes on the SW corner of 441 and Griffin - they might have meant that as well. I haven't been to Too Bills yet but it is on my list.

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              The Chowfather AKA sobe Jun 24, 2008 08:02 PM

              You have to try Triar Seafood (Hollywood) especially during Stone Crab season. You will be very pleased
              http://www.triarseafood.com/

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                RickL Jun 25, 2008 08:15 AM

                Chowfather - Are they open Saturdays? We drive down from Boca occasionally to shop Two Bills and Capt. Mike's so this wouldn't be too much farther. I don't find any hours on their web site.

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                  The Chowfather AKA sobe Jun 25, 2008 08:33 AM

                  No, they are closed on the weekends.
                  M-Th 7-7
                  F 7-noon

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                    luvtoeatwell Sep 3, 2008 01:56 PM

                    Definitely agree with this suggestion. Triar is the only place where we shop for fish (wife and I are both CIA alumni). They supply to the best restaurants in the country (yes, the country, not the area). Great people that are eager to please.

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            truffled Sep 7, 2008 12:28 PM

            I am looking forward to checking this place out, as it is very close by. I will also give Capt. Mike's and Triar a look as well. Thanks.

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              CmdrTulkas Oct 24, 2008 10:20 PM

              Does anyone know if the fish sold at these markets are farm raised or wild caught?

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                lvnddream Nov 8, 2008 04:27 AM

                Triar sells both farm raised (try the Everglades striped bass) as well as lots of wild fish. Tasty stone crabs and home made sauce,too

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                  pilches Nov 8, 2008 05:09 AM

                  As the original poster, I still haven't made it to Two Bills because I did find Triar (which is on my way home from work) and it's wonderful. So far everything we've bought there is top quality and delicious. And the people are very nice to deal with.

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                jtandlich Jul 12, 2009 11:07 PM

                ldkelley and others:

                Two Bills Seafood is a wholesale operation with a retail store just steps from the dock where their boats come in daily to unload fresh catches. It is a nearly unparalleled fish-buying experience among South Florida markets if you are into picking out your own whole, fresh fish (caught that day) and having it custom cut to order. If not, stop eating fish...

                Anyways, customers at Two Bills put on a plastic glove, grab a bucket and select their own whole fish from the coolers lining the near wall. There is a chalkboard by the gloves that lists the fish available each day. It usually lists 10-15 species of Atlantic fish from Florida, the Caribbean and South/Central America. The board always lists the country of origin for each fish and the vast majority of fish listed are wild caught. Whenever fish if from a farmed source, this is clearly listed as well. Typical prices for such fish as snapper, grouper (various types of each) and mahi mahi are $3.99-$5.99/lb.

                One thing to know about Two Bills is that the only sell whole fish that you select. There are two butchers constantly gutting, cleaning and filleting (when requested) the fish customers select. After you have selected all your whole fish and put them in your bucket, the person behind the counter weights them for you. You pay for the cost of the whole fish, then can give them to the butchers for cleaning and custom cutting. Be prepared to find some small bones if you are asking for boneless, skinless fillets of very small fish, as removing all of them in tiny whole fish is difficult and can waste a lot of edible flesh.

                They are also very friendly about helping you select the fish you want if you don't know what the species you want looks like whole or if you don't know how to pick a good one. Just be sure to speak up and ask for help if you need it because they won't offer it unless you ask. Two Bills also regularly has seasonal shellfish selections, including local crabs, shrimps and lobsters. Get there early or call ahead to assure they have what you want though, because shellfish goes quickly. They also have excellent conch.

                (ldkelley, this next note is especially for you) Two Bills Seafood is the supplier for the nearby Captain Mike's Seafood. Virtually all the time, everything available at Captain Mike's is available at Two Bills for slightly less money. However, as a retail-only fish store, Captain Mike's also offers the benefit of selling pre-skinned, boneless fillets that some customers may prefer.

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