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Sep 19, 2009 08:08 PM

Best source for fresh Sardines for grilling in the Eastbay?

Best source for fresh Sardines for grilling in the Eastbay?

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Those continue to be all good suggestions. One place that rarely gets mentined is Hapuku Fish Shop in Rockridge.

      First of all, I don't shop enough in that area to really be familiar with it and the prices are high. Not that sardines are rare, but Hapuku always seems to have some fish I don't usually see often elsewhere. Once they had a tank of live Alaskan king crab. I do know I usually see sardines there.

      Another place that doesn't get mentioned is JP Seafood in Alameda. They seem to get really high marks on yelp, fwiw. Do they have sardines?

      1. re: rworange

        I sometimes shop at Hapuku -- not often, because their prices are high, but their fish is always of great quality, and there are always things there that I don't see elsewhere.

    2. Here is some actual feedback:

      Hudson Fish, which sells at the Thursday and Saturday Berkeley Farmers' Markets, sometimes has local sardines, but I think you need to be on their email list to know for sure. They do run out quickly when they have them, plus I would recommend getting there early just to avoid getting sardines that have been thrown around a lot. They are always fresh, but when I have picked them up later in the day, they have been sitting at the bottom of the cooler for awhile and are a little banged up.

      Tokyo Fish Market also frequently has them--they are usually pretty pristine. You may also check with Monterey Fish--I haven't seen sardines there in awhile, but I could be just missing them.

      1. saw them yesterday (Sat) at Verbrugge's on College Ave and they looked bright and shiny.

        1. I always get my anchovies and sardines (mixed; you don't get to pick) from the live bait receiver at the end of K dock in the Berkeley marina. They don't get any fresher than that.

          Unless you're in a boat the best bet is to bring a wheeled ice chest. A half scoop of bait is about five pounds of fish.

          1. I saw really fresh beauts (and at $1.99/lb reasonably priced by local standards) at Berkeley Bowl West this past week, but don't know if this is a regular thing.