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Seafood Market South Florida?

gquest78 May 8, 2009 09:02 PM

Hey everyone,

Could you please help me find a respectable seafood market in the South Florida area that has sushi quality fish? I live in Boca Raton, but I would be willing to drive 30 minutes north or south.

I usually go to Whole Foods, but there stuff is pretty run-of-the-mill and I hate how they cut the tuna in steaks instead of loin pieces for searing. I've also been dying to find some head on shrimp, langosteens, prawns, or exotic crustaceans.

Thank you in advance for your guidance!

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  1. CFByrne RE: gquest78 May 9, 2009 05:15 AM

    I would suggest you check out Captain Frank's in south Boynton Beach.

    It's not cheap but not as high as W/F - and the quality is always good. I've seen W/F on occasion have mahi and other fish on display with brown bloodlines - an easy clue it's been around too long. Easy fresh fish test: Bloodlines (the reddish part going down the center line of a filet) should be red; not brown.

    Frank's also has a very good selection of shellfish including Maine/PEI mussels, oysters, steamers (soft clams) and various size hard clams. Plus of course shrimp, stones, live ME lobsters and usually both live and soft-shell blue crabs.

    Located on Woolbright Boulevard just a few hundred yards East of that exit off I-95, easy to get to from Boca. 561 732 3663

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      bigdnotemeril RE: CFByrne May 24, 2009 01:35 PM

      I agree Franks is definatley top three in a 25 mile radius.

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        CFByrne RE: bigdnotemeril Aug 25, 2012 12:03 PM

        FYI Captain Franks is closed for their annual "slow season" vacation.

        Sign says they'll reopen on Oct 1.

    2. The Chowfather RE: gquest78 May 9, 2009 05:39 AM

      Call Triar in Hollywood.

      Triar Seafood Company
      2046 McKinley St. #7 (off dixie highway)
      Hollywood Fl 33020

      M-Th 7-7
      F 7-noon

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        smartie RE: gquest78 May 9, 2009 12:17 PM

        the Boys Market on Atlantic Ave just north of Military has a great fish counter.

        1. culinarynomad RE: gquest78 May 9, 2009 03:10 PM

          Chef-recommended spot for impeccably fresh seafood, just south of Boca:

          Pop's Fish Market
          131 W Hillsboro Blvd
          Deerfield Beach FL
          Phone: 954-427-1331

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            Eatster RE: culinarynomad May 22, 2009 09:44 PM

            I'll second this recommendation. I've always been pleased with the quality at Pop's, and it is nice and close to Boca Raton.

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            chowmommy3 RE: gquest78 May 9, 2009 11:02 PM

            The Fish Peddler commercial just east of Federal

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              YourHighness RE: gquest78 May 24, 2009 01:54 PM

              There's only one: Captain Brian's in Bradenton.

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                SaminSFL RE: gquest78 May 26, 2009 12:43 PM

                If you want a Great Seafood Place in Boca go to Dixie Seafood, its on Dixie Highway between hidden valley and Yamato, They get their fish fresh every morning. They take special orders as well. Been there for a long time. Very clean, and Always very good seafood..

                You can Also try Pop's seafood on Hillsborough East of 95 on the North side before dixie.

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                  lvnddream RE: gquest78 May 26, 2009 07:06 PM

                  although a bit south, triar seafood, in hollywood, offers head on australian king prawns, head on north florida shrimp, head on royal red shrimp from cape canaveral and fresh rock shrimp. last time we were there we bought abalone on the half shell.
                  might be worth the drive - call 1st 954-921-1113
                  they are closed on weekends

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                    dbarnard RE: lvnddream May 27, 2009 10:56 AM

                    My wife picked up some ahi tuna that I did as a BBQ tune tataki- best ever! Though she did complain about having to wear a hairnet, and she was wearing flip-flops, which was a mistake.

                    Having this great seafood source right around the corner, I thought it might be a good idea to go sustainable rather than just available. Monterey Bay Aquarium puts out a pocket guide on the best seafood to get: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr...

                    Makes it easy to be green!

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                    gan911 RE: gquest78 Jun 27, 2009 06:18 PM

                    anything closer to WPB area?

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                      62448pdg RE: gquest78 Dec 29, 2012 09:54 PM

                      Triar is great. You won't find fresher fish or nicer people.

                      1. CFByrne RE: gquest78 Jan 14, 2013 09:32 AM

                        Folks on this board have mentioned the wonderful ROYAL RED SHRIMP at various times.

                        FYI just saw a FB post, they are in fresh today at this market up in North Palm Beach (almost Jupiter):

                        Cod and Capers Seafood

                        Royal Red Shrimp
                        Fernandina Beach $12.95 / lb
                        60-80 Peeled and Deveined

                        I have not yet had these Royal Reds. However, they almost sounds just like the tiny shrimp they get in Maine in the winter briefly.

                        I had them a few years ago - mind-boggling. I am not ashamed to admit I actually started eating some raw as I could not even wait for them to cook!

                        It was barely even necessary.

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                          FWeats RE: gquest78 Jan 15, 2013 08:06 AM

                          Pop's on Hallandale Beach bvd is the best around. Excellent selection. Everything very fresh.Very busy and very helpful staff. Dixie seafod has about 5% of the inventory of Pop's.

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                            FWeats RE: FWeats Jan 15, 2013 08:13 AM

                            Sorry Hillsboro, not Hallandale

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