Need advice (seafood) in Cincinnati.
We moved back to Cincnnati after spending 15 years in Connecticut. It became a tradition to have a lobster dinner each summer with our family while we were in Connecticut and we plan to continue that tradition here in Cincinnati too. There are several places to purchase lobsters, so that will probably not be a problem, but I was wondering about some of the other stuff, i.e. shrimp, clams and oysters. I see them in local grocery stores like Biggs and Krogers, but I wondered how fresh these items were and if anyone in the area had advice about where to buy seaffod. Thanks for your help.
There are two fish markets, one in Madeira (east of I-71) and another in Hyde Park (just off of I-71) that have good seafood and the added bonus of really hearing about the day to day quality of the products. However, these are also probably the most expensive places to get seafood. Jungle Jim's, Whole Foods, and Fresh Market are better options than Kroger's or Biggs for seafood.
I have had good luck at Bigg's with some seafood, but it's hit and miss.
The market in Madeira I haven't used for years, if it's the one I'm thinking of. It's overpriced and snotty. Anything in Hyde Park will probably be ditto.
Keegan's in Anderson Township on Salem Road is very good, I've found.
I've been told by more than one chef and Jon Stiles at the Partysource that the Hyde Park Biggs is the only place in the city of Cincinnati that gets fish delivered 7 days a week. But I generally make the trip up to Jungle Jims if I'm looking for high-quality fresh fish -- they have a little more eclectic selection (e.g. I've never seen Jacknife Clams anyplace else in Cincinnati).