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Want the best fresh salmon in Seattle?

jeffsking88 Feb 9, 2009 01:06 PM

I'm coming back to Seattle and want to buy some fresh salmon to take home. Bought at Pikes Place Market last time, and would like another option. Any thoughts how to get right off the boat?

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    Brunhilde Feb 9, 2009 01:26 PM

    Fisherman's Terminal in Ballard

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      patriciajane Feb 9, 2009 01:34 PM

      It's not salmon season in Seattle yet. So what you will buy will be fresh-frozen. It's about the closest you can get this time of year. Mid-May is when salmon season typically starts.

      That said, Wilson Fish at the Ballard Farmers Market on Sundays and the Fisherman's Terminal in Ballard will have frozen stuff that was frozen within a VERY short time of catching.

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        mrnelso Feb 9, 2009 02:12 PM

        Wild Salmon Seafood, in the Fishermen's Terminal is a good place to look, though Mutual Fish does a good job, as does Uwajimaya. I'm not sure how well equipped these last are for packing to travel, but the Market does that all day long.

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          bluedog67 Feb 11, 2009 10:08 AM

          you certainly can get fresh salmon. it isn't season for the fatty fish headed upstream, but most markets will have fresh line caught wild salmon when they can get it.

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          PAO Feb 10, 2009 02:12 PM

          The best fish markets in Seattle are (1) Mutual Fish in the south, and (2) University Seafood & Poultry in the north. They both ship

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            oliveoyl Feb 19, 2009 09:28 AM

            I totally agree with PAO .. when I lived back east, I used to call University and have them ship salmon for me. Always super fresh and they are so sweet, as are the folks at Mutual. You won't even need to visit in person, though that is always fun too.

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            latindancer Feb 10, 2009 02:25 PM

            Mutual Fish.
            There's nothing better in Seattle.

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              TaylorRoot Feb 10, 2009 07:58 PM

              Lot's of great advice here. I'm going to buy for me and also ship some. Who is good for shipping crab? I have lots of crabholic friends in other cities.

              I'll trade crab for Chicago Deep Dish :)

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                Jon1856 Feb 10, 2009 08:33 PM

                One place that was missed as it is not a market but it does a very good job in shipping all sorts of fish and seafood products:
                One can hop on a ferry to visit their plant.

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                  TaylorRoot Feb 16, 2009 06:23 AM

                  Thanks for the tip! I'll go just to ride the ferry :) I've promised a zillion people back East fresh fish. Grilling season approaches there.

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                    Jon1856 Feb 16, 2009 11:22 AM

                    From Come Visit Us:
                    Visit Our Retail Store - Shop at outlet store prices. Get your picture taken with a huge King salmon. And, don’t forget to ask for your free "I’ve Gone WILD" button. Store hours are Monday to Friday 10:00am-6:00pm; Saturdays 10:00am – 4:00pm, and Sundays 12:00 noon – 4:00pm.

                    Tour Our Authentic Smokehouse - Watch the hand-filleting and traditional Northwest smoking of our wild salmon. Best times to tour are 9:15am – 10:45am, but give us a call (360 293-4661 x3001) and we’ll be happy to try to accommodate your tour at any time that’s convenient.

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                      Jon1856 Feb 16, 2009 04:49 PM

                      BTB TalyorRoot;
                      I do hope that those Zillion people back on the right coast are very close, warm, dear friends of yours. Fresh, whole salmon, by itself comes with a cost. The real cost comes with the next day air ice shipping.
                      Something else you need to know about in advance and ask about.

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                  latindancer Feb 11, 2009 06:11 AM

                  I would seriously trust Mutual with anything.
                  They are the masters....crab included.

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                    DrWine Feb 11, 2009 10:39 AM

                    As a fellow Midwesterner, I can report that I have had excellent service and crabs on numerous occasions from City Fish. Good price, arrive on time and deliver what they promise.


                    I would second the salmon recommendation on Fisherman's Terminal in Ballard.

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                      TaylorRoot Feb 16, 2009 06:25 AM

                      Thanks for the tip! I've lived mostly in the East and Mid-West, with a short time in Atlanta. West Coast was for vacations and business trips.

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                  firecracker Feb 11, 2009 07:19 AM

                  Tim's Seafood in Kirkland Parkplace when salmon is in season.

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                    bluedog67 Feb 11, 2009 10:07 AM

                    A couple boats @ fishermans terminal sell whole fish that can be bought literally off the boat. They put up a small sandwich board when they are in port. They don't scale or filet, but the price per lb is great, as is the freshness.

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                    dnamj Feb 16, 2009 05:57 PM

                    At the Fisherman's wharf (and U district Farmers Market), you can often find Loki Fish. Good stuff.


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                      mrnelso Feb 16, 2009 06:09 PM

                      Yes. I remember meeting them years ago when they had just got their on-board flash-freezer working. Dynamite. Look for sandwich-board signs on 15th Avenue, just up from Fishermen's Terminal.

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                      washingtonclam Feb 17, 2009 02:46 PM

                      absolutely, hands down the BEST line caught, wild salmon in this area is caught by Rick...
                      you can buy it right off the boat in Port Townsend. You can also mail order and have it shipped right to your family.
                      this is the stuff.
                      hands down.

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                        firecracker Feb 17, 2009 05:16 PM

                        White (or ivory) salmon at Tim's in Kirkland Parkplace. This salmon is even higher in Omega 3 oils and is absolutely delicious.

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                          jakecola Feb 24, 2009 11:20 AM

                          Wilson Fish at the Ballard Sunday market. Get there early (opens at 11am). try the smoked white king salmon. While you're there, stop by Taylor Shellfish for the best oysters in the state.

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