SANTA MONICA SEAFOOD- For those with more money than brains
As a 15 years plus fan and client of Santa Monica Seafood, today was my epiphany. The new location is more convenient. and hey the Raw Bar is cool...
but the prices are insane !
$30 lb for Copper River Salmon ? $26 lb for Swordfish ?.. isn't there there some kind of Economic Downturn going on ? (the same Swordfish can be purchased for less than half the price at the Pacific Palisades Sunday Farmers Market). Bracing myself from the sticker shock I trudged on to Whole Foods where I found some fine Halibut for $5 cheaper a pound.
Doesn't it seem that there's something wrong in the world when "Whole Paycheck" has the best prices? I guess that's it for me with Santa Monica Seafood.. anyone have any thoughts for alternative Westside fish markets ?
Yes I agree, some have more money than brains, just Yuppies that are being led to slaughter thinking they are getting something special. Channel Islands harbor, in Ventura, sometimes has a fishing boat that comes in and you can watch as they fillet the fish, pretty good prices too, and the general fish markets there have much fairer prices than what you mention at Yuppieville.
There's a pretty regular seafood vendor at the Venice Friday Farmers Market. I don't recall the name of the boat/vendor, but they are based out of either Oxnard or Ventura. The prices are better than what you mention for Santa Monica Seafood and probably a little better than Whole Foods, if I recall correctly. Also, Bob's Market in Santa Monica at 17th and Ocean Park has wonderful meat and seafood, though the selection of seafood is pretty limited.
Unfortunately they've a monopoly on the seafood on the west side, basically. Top prices
and a product that's about average by the standards I'm used to out East.
I don't recommend Whole Foods for fish, based on various purchases.