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Sushi Grade Fish???

Goldielocks1225 Jan 25, 2009 08:34 PM

I want to try my hand at making my own sushi. Where could I find good quality sushi grade fish in the city? I live in Lakeview so the closer the better. Thank you.

  1. lunchbox Mar 4, 2009 08:30 AM

    Many Whole Foods sushi counters have saku blocks of the basics: Tuna, Salmon, yellowtail...

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      aubergine Mar 1, 2009 02:19 PM

      sea ranch is a wonderful place...really good quality fish.
      have not been to the fish guy yet.

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        lkv7 Feb 21, 2009 06:10 AM

        You should also try to get out to Mistuwa Marketplace in Arlington Heights...EVERYTHING you will ever need in order to make maki, including sushi-grade whatever you want.

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          JetGel Feb 13, 2009 09:27 AM

          H-mart in Niles, IL (close to city)

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          1. re: JetGel
            bibi rose Mar 2, 2009 06:58 AM

            I haven't found good sushi-grade fish at H-Mart. Just decent fish for cooking. At one point they had a special little kiosk for sashimi-type fish but what was on it looked awful.

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            JMFLD Jan 28, 2009 05:11 PM

            Dirk's service is great and is closer
            Sea Ranch has a better selection - uni ikura and all the good weird stuff you want when eating sushi - and definitely turns out a lot of product. Priced well too. I'm more familiar with the Sea Ranch just east of 94 on the south side of Lake Avenue in Wilmette. They also have a sister grocery store across the parking lot supplying a good selection of Japaneses foodstuffs.

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              kykii Jan 26, 2009 07:48 PM

              What about Sea Ranch in Evanston? You can hop on the L to get there... Red Line to Purple Line and get off at Dempster.

              The address is: 518 Dempster

              They also have a location in Wilmette. They have sushi grade filets - salmon, yellowtail, tuna, white tuna, etc... they also will make sushi for you there on the spot.

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                ferret Jan 26, 2009 08:35 AM

                One last thing about Fish Guy, they have a $10 Tuesday deal where much of their product is discounted to $10 (used to be all) and the remainder is discounted 10%.

                1. nsxtasy Jan 26, 2009 08:24 AM

                  I would go to the places recommended in previous discussions here about where to find the best fresh fish:


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                    forzagto Jan 26, 2009 07:14 AM

                    I get sashimi or make my own sushi from Dirk's at least 3 times per month and never a problem- tuna, salmon, scallops, kona kampachi, red snapper and white tuna (escolar). Great selection, knowledge and quality fish.

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                      ferret Jan 26, 2009 05:51 AM

                      Dirk's on Clybourn & Armitage or the Fish Guy on Elston near Montrose come to mind. If you venture out to the suburbs, Mitsuwa in Arlington Heights has an excellent selection (it's a large Japanese grocery with an excellent variety of make-at-home sushi products). Not sure whether the other poster is joking or not, but pretty much all fish used for sushi is flash-frozen to kill parasites. The risks you run are with vendors that "dabble" in product. Go to a fishmonger that does a steady volume and has a good reputation (my two recommendations, for example) and your risks are negligible.

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                      1. re: ferret
                        ferret Jan 26, 2009 06:35 AM

                        One other thing:

                        Fish Guy has a monthly sushi instruction class. It's $75/person (sometimes they'll cut a discount for 2 if they don't look like they'll fill up) but you also get to eat the sushi.


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                          Caralien Jan 26, 2009 09:00 AM

                          I second the Fish Guy recommendation, although it's a bit of a pain to get to traffic wise.

                          Everyone who works there is very knowledgable and friendly, and the prices are more than fair. I once stopped there with a friend to pick up something, and we ended up gorging ourselves on the diver scallops sliced as sashimi and eaten raw. So good.

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                        juv Jan 25, 2009 09:33 PM

                        sounds very risky. i've heard that these fish spend weeks on ice, giving parasites and worms plenty of time to flourish in their insides

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