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Jun 26, 2008 03:52 PM

Where to buy NJ seafood in Philly or burbs?

We live so close to the NJ coast, I thought it would be easy to find NJ seafood at fish markets. Alas, not so! Most of the fish market employees don't have a firm grasp on where the fish is caught. And if they do, there doesn't seem to be much for sale that's caught in NJ.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to where to find NJ fish in Philadelphia or the burbs? I'd drive as far as Camden County in Jersey to get it...if I could find someplace that sells it!

The only place I've found is some shack on Calcon Hook Road out near the airport - and they only sell Jersey-caught bluefish. Ideas? Suggestions?

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  1. I believe Haddonfield Shellfish has a decent selection of locally caught NJ fish. I love their diver scallops. The best day to shop there is Tuesday, since they are closed on Monday, their new shipments come in Tues AM. Don't be put off by the complete lack of personality by the guy with the beard, whom I assume is the husband of the business owner. He's barely civil at times, but he does know his fish. It's right on Grove Street, about a mile off of Route 70, so it's easy to get in and out of. You might want to call to ask specifically about what type of fish you're looking for before you go.

    1. I'm not sure of specific markets, but I did find a list on the Jersey Seafood webpage listing all NJ seafood suppliers. While you'll have to sort through to figure out which ones are in the South Jersey/Philly area, it's a good place to start!

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      1. re: fancynewbeesly

        I think those are companies in NJ that are Seafood suppliers, not suppliers of NJ Seafood (I am not aware of NJ caught mahi mahi ; )
        Not to sound like a broken record but check with Ippolitos/Samuel and Sons in South Phila. I know they have had local bluefish, fluke, shad, weakies and cape may salts (oysters) at various times. So they should be a good source. They were also the folks who ever so gently reminded me in January that if someone was selling me unfarmed atlantic salmon it must have been frozen!