Best South Bay/West Side Fish Markets?
Where is the best market in the South Bay (where I live) or the West Side (where I spend a lot of time) for seafood? I especially want to find a place that has the hard-to-find things like spot prawns, cockles, baby octopus, arctic char... along with the usual things like great salmon and halibut.
Santa Monica Seafood has a great selection and everything is fresh. I don't think they have more unique seafood but their fish and shellfish is top notch.They have been around for years but are moving to a new location at 10th and Wilshire in S. M. this Monday. They will have an oyster bar and a little cafe - can't wait!
Redondo Beach Pier/International Boardwalk's Quality Seafood has excellent live and fresh seafood.
130 International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA
You might want to check out Freshia Market on Torrance Blvd at Crenshaw. It is a big Korean grocery store with a pretty big fresh fish counter. Whole and cut fish.
I second the comment on Quality Seafood on the Pier.
Check out one of several farmers' markets where J & P West Coast Seafood sets up shop. Pete Siracusa sells wild-caught seafood from his truck at several markets each week. His prices are fair considering the high-quality of his products. He usually has sushi-grade ahi, yellowtail and some great Hawaiian fish that are a bit more obscure. His scallops are big and don's shrink when cooked. His swordfish is fantastic. His red king salmon is full of oil; watch it on the BBQ or it will catch fire. He also carries some great smoked salmon (lox) that is from wild fish, not farmed. Sometimes he has ceviche as well. His truck is at farmers' markets in Redondo Beach (Thursdays), Cerritos (Saturdays), Long Beach (Sundays) and also Culver City, Hollywood, Pasadena and West Hollywood (I haven't been to these locations and am not sure on which days of the week the markets are held).