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Feb 16, 2009 03:35 AM

Fresh seafood in the St. Pete area.

I just moved to St. Pete from up north, and am looking for a place that sells FRESH seafood. I tried publix and Winn Dixie and they both SUCK. you would think that stores near the shore could get something reasonably fresh... but NOOOOOO. There must be a fish wharf somewhere that sells seafood that has NOT been frozen for a few months prior to being thawed and tasteless. Next I'll have to find a REAL Asian market. Lucky I found a few bakeries in the area since french bread should be something crusty on outside and flavorful on the inside.. Publix doesn't know this. and their hard rolls aren't!!! HELP me find REAL GOOD food in the St. Pete area before I go nuts! I got better seafood 500 miles from the ocean than I can 300 yards from it! I thought the gulf was the shrimp heaven... guess they must all go to Texas :)

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    Fresh seafood here (at above link) and I have not been there but a lot of people recommend Mid-Peninsula Seafood.
    I live in Tampa and buy at Cox Seafood on Dale Mabry.

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    1. re: rhnault

      I assume that they have good fresh seafood at cox? I have no issue driving across the bridge to get good food.

      1. re: ghod

        yes, the family owns the boats. I was just there last Friday buying stone crab for the weekend and some smoked mullet. I think the black grouper filets were 17.99 and the red snapper were 18.99. They also sell scamp, flounder, whole fish, shrimp, etc. ..

    2. I've had good luck at Sav-On Seafood, 1449 49th Street, St. Petersburg.

      1. Asian Supermarket try Oceanic in Tampa.

        1. We live in Gulfport and NYC (half and half) and have found the seafood at SaveOn, on 49 Street at 15 Avenue South, to be the best in the area. They supply many local restaurants and the fish is very, very fresh. If you ask what's local they will be honest and you'll get fish never frozen and really good.

          For Asian markets, there are 2 very good ones. One is on 62 Avenue North between 34 and 49 Streets on the right side when driving from 34 Street. That market has remarkably fresh veggies, etc. and is Vietnamese oriented. The other is on 34 Street, around 18th Avenue South and this one has Japanese and Chinese ingredients as well. Both are really very good markets--and we do have amazing ones in NYC. These compare well.

          Mid Peninsula Seafood is a good place to take out well prepared and reasonably priced seafood. We haven't purchased any fish there as we prefer SaveOn.

          1. 2 places that I are excellent, Reef's fresh fish in Indian Beach and Shaners Land and Sea in Pas-a grille. They have great line catch norwegian salmon, dover sole filets from boston, fresh local red snapper and fresh red and black grouper