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.
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.
2130 Sawtelle Blvd 105, Los Angeles, CA 90025
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
1820 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
Safe and Save Market
2030 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
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.
re: smiling ed
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.