Buford Highway Farmer's Market has a large selection, too.
I have bought at YDFM a few times, and never had a problem -- with the food or smell. The only problem I've had is that the selection is TOO large.
Buford Highway Farmer's Market
5600 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA
Having looked a lot but not bought much (since I live far way), I would say that you can score good seafood deals at BHFM but you have to be careful--they usually have good things and some not-so-good. Among the Asian markets I would say Super H (I go to the one on Pleasant Hill Rd) might be a better bet for freshness and general cleanliness. I have always been impressed with the selection and prices at YDFM, but as noted above, you need to be careful, no matter where you go. It's always best to know what you're doing.
No. Way. Ever.
I had the worst seafood experience from the Dekalb Farmers Market. Got mussels. Had to throw the whole thing out.
The entire seafood section smells like bad fish. Avoid it.
Atlanta Fish Market has the freshest seafood around. If you go before the restaurant opens, you can purchase from their.
Star Provisions is another great option.
1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Atlanta Fish Market
265 Pharr Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
Did you check the tag? Mussels and the like are always a tough call. I've been there when the oysters were tagged as harvested 2 weeks before. No way I'm buying those. But the last time (when it was still winter) and the oysters had been trucked in that morning (after harvest in Apalachicola the day before), I bought a case. And they were excellent.
I'm glad you explained your blanket dismissal of YDFM for anything "if it was ever alive." But I think you're kind of off-base to send RMC to the hyper-boutique-y outlets b/c of one bad experience. YDFM has about the widest seafood selection in ATL and it also has fairly reasonable prices.
If you follow common-sense seafood selection rules, you can be successful at YDFM for just about anything. If the clambake is going to be a large-scale event, I'd go well in advance and see if you can talk to someone and get a better feel for when fresh stuff is coming in.