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Feb 14, 2009 06:19 AM

Buying Fresh Seafood in Montco

I am looking for a place to purchase fresh seafood that is not a local grocery store. Any around the Montgomerville area?

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  1. In Chestnut Hil is Top of the Hill Fish Market.

    1. Assi Market in North Wales has the largest and most reasonable fresh fish and shellfish selction I know of.

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        1. re: Chefpaulo

          The Chef is correct Assi has not only the most and most reasonably priced fresh fish, they have, absolutely, the freshest I've found in either Montgomery or Bucks county. As a matter of fact, we had a great piece of swordfish tonight that I bought there this afternoon. I love their (headless!) shrimp.

          1. re: bucksguy14

            Hey, Bucksguy,

            How does Assi compare to Heller's in Warrington? I've always been impressed by the quality of their stock.

            1. re: artgary

              I'd say Assi is equal to, or better than, Heller's in quality and lower in price.

                1. re: crazyspice

                  Thanks. Definitely on the list for this weekend.

                    1. re: Displaced California Foodie

                      Their salmon is great. They have sushi grade tuna, monk fish, it's all good. Never been disappointed in their fish.


              1. re: bucksguy14

                my mother has bought fish from Assi approximately 20 times and she asserts that twice they have switched a fish that she has chosen with a different-sized, less fresh fish from behind the counter. (She opens the packages as soon as she arrives home to see the fish.)

                1. re: Mr. Peabody

                  I find that hard to believe. The workers at the counter are in plain sight. They'd have to be extremely creative and tricky to be able to switch her selections while she, and everyone else at the counter, are watching them. I've been buying fish there for quite a while and I've never seen them try to switch my selections.

                  1. re: bucksguy14

                    I appreciate your opinion; however, please be advised that they are not in plain sight when they take the fish away from the counter to scale and eviscerate it with their backs to the customers. This has never happened to me (and my mother said that it has not often happened to her) and I love Assi, otherwise :)

                    1. re: Mr. Peabody

                      I beg to differ! I watch them take the fish to the cleaning area. I watch them scale, gut, and rinse it. I'll grant you that I don't watch what happens with someone else's purchase. But, I can assure you that I've paid attention to everything they've done with anything I've bought there. That's why I said I find it hard to believe that they switched something on your mother.

              2. Assi and Top of the Hill...agreed...and Bill at Top of the Hill assures me that he does not buy farm-raised shrimp from other countries.

                1. Sonny's in Ambler on Bethlehem Pike has fresh and reasonably priced seafood. The Flourtown Farmers Market, also on Bethlehem Pike, also has great seafood but its only open Thurs-Sat.

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                  1. re: AmblerGirl

                    Call me crazy, but I think the seafood at Costco is very good.

                    1. re: mitchh

                      You are not crazy. The seafood at Costco is fresh and reasonably priced.

                  2. Agree with all the good comments about Assi. While not in MontCo, Hills Quality Seafood (Exton, Newtown Sq, and Media) has every type of seafood imaginable. A little pricy, but very high quality. I second the Costco recommendation, we frequently buy their salmon and tuna.

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                    1. re: EpicurBurbs

                      I also highly recommend the seafood at Wegmans.

                      1. re: mitchh

                        Sorry, but unless you're dealing with Colleen at Wegman's in Warrington (is that in Bucks or Montco?) I'd have to give it a pass. She'll tell you if fish and shellfish are fresh or not but no one else will. I've bought scallops and some fish that were clearly just at or past their "expiration date." Wegman's takes it back with no problem, but it's a PITA not being able to use it and then having to drive back. If you freeze it in the wrapper you don't know it's over the hill until days or weeks later.