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SANTA MONICA SEAFOOD- For those with more money than brains

tpix May 24, 2009 09:33 PM

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 ?

  1. Servorg May 25, 2009 06:22 AM


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      malibumike May 25, 2009 08:35 AM

      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.

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        corneille Jun 1, 2009 06:19 PM

        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.

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          epop Jun 2, 2009 09:21 AM

          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.

          1. perk Jun 2, 2009 09:30 AM

            Actually, Copper River was $40 a pound at Fish King last week. (king, not coho)

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              TomSwift Jun 2, 2009 09:41 AM

              As of yesterday, SMS in Santa Monica quoted me $39.95 a pound for Copper River King. Just wait until the Yukon River gets to town (if at all).

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              1. re: TomSwift
                wilafur Jun 2, 2009 09:49 AM

                that is asinine. i picked up some georgeous copper river salmon fillets at costco for $12/lb.....shoot, whole CS salmon were priced at $8.99/lb.

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                  TomSwift Jun 2, 2009 09:58 AM

                  King or Chinook fillets? I'll check it out, thanks.

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                    wilafur Jun 2, 2009 10:14 AM

                    the package was not labeled king or chinook. rather it was generic "copper river salmon".

                    btw, be thorough when cleaning the CS salmon, i pulled out a few parasitic worms that were alive and kicking.

                    1. re: wilafur
                      TomSwift Jun 2, 2009 10:36 AM

                      Thanks for the heads up. I appreciate it.

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                sushigirlie Mar 26, 2011 08:50 PM

                The takeaway from this thread is that I should get some brains and drive to Ventura (wherever that is), skip work and go to the Venice Friday Farmers Market, or buy some meat at Bob's Market. Any other ideas?

                Bob's Market
                1650 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA

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                1. re: sushigirlie
                  Servorg Mar 27, 2011 06:02 AM

                  On the west side you can excellent quality fish at Granada Market, Save and Save Market, Nijiya Market and Mitsuwa Market. If you want to hit downtown LA then LA Fish or American Fish are both good choices.

                  Nijiya Market
                  2130 Sawtelle Blvd 105, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                  Mitsuwa Marketplace
                  3760 S Centinela Ave, Los Angeles, CA

                  American Fish & Seafood
                  625 Kohler St, Los Angeles, CA

                  Los Angeles Fish Co
                  420 Stanford Ave, Los Angeles, CA

                  Granada Market
                  1820 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                  Safe and Save Market
                  2030 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                  1. re: sushigirlie
                    smiling ed Mar 27, 2011 12:44 PM

                    Try Ralphs on Bundy and SM Blvd. My local Ralphs has decent wild caught Red Snapper
                    from Canada at $6.99 per lb and the Salmon is ok too. But you need to find out the best
                    days to go. In the past American Fish was Ralphs main seafood supplier but recently that
                    may have changed. Also a lot depends on the staff maning the fish department and whether
                    they put the fish directly on the ice or not. I will not buy fish sitting on ice it should be on
                    a tray or something not on the ice but many at Ralphs don`t bother.

                    1. re: smiling ed
                      foodiemahoodie Mar 27, 2011 02:13 PM

                      I thought sitting on ice is better - assuming it can drain.

                      I have no tried fish at Ralph - but I have a general moratorium on any fish from a supermarket. Last week I broke down and tried some Copperhead salmon from Pavillions. Brought it home, grilled it and...it was simply awful. (fishy(. It reminded me of the kind of fish I would eat as a kid - and made me hate fish. But some salmon from Mitsuwa or the new Marukai market on Pico - GREAT.

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