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Best source for fresh Sardines for grilling in the Eastbay?

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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.
      http://rockridgemarkethall.com/index....

      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?
      http://www.jpseafood.com/

      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.