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Nov 1, 2009 11:35 AM

Desperate for fresh fish place in Wilmington, DE!!!

I am hosting a dinner tomorrow that requires a fish entre. I am wondering if any 'hounds know a good place to buy fresh fish in Wilmington, DE. Cod, Salmon, Halibut, and all other the other suspects are required. Thanks......

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  1. I've been quite pleased with Captain's Catch, on Kirkwood Highway.

    1. My standby is Hadfield's Seafood on 202, right at the PA line. They have a very good selection.

      1. Try Feby's Fishery on Lancaster Ave; their fish market is next to the restaurant.

        Feby's Fishery
        3701 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington, DE 19805

        1. Depends on the day. During the week, I go to Dawson's. On the weekends, Captain's Catch or Hill Brothers.

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          1. re: tritium

            i checked all these stores they dont carry live fishes(not really same day caught/sold) again frozen smells not good. i m from india used to cook/eating great flavors of fish. At india in fish markets we see live fishes(lot of tasty varieties) caught and sold on same day. i am very desperately looking for fresh live fishes caught/sold same day... i am looking for (fresh/alive) varieties like king fish, pomphret, whiting, murrel, Anchovies , Cuttle fish, Sardines, seabass , barracuda , Mackerell ... any of these is fine. i used to get alive tilaphia/cat fish from oriental stoes in PA but bored of these 2 same taste every time. so like to go for other great fishes that i listed. i am crazy for fresh live (fresh means to me live ones unlike frozen fresh -the terminology used here is wrong ) fishes. please anyone knows let me know about any live fishing rivers or areas(delaware in/around is also fine) so that i can get from source.
            i dont mind paying the cost.

            look forwardf for any response. - raas

              1. re: Rilke

                I did call captain catch and they said they can get me 1-2 choices of my fish list very fresh from day boaters (Caught same day and give it to me) so thank you for highligting this captain catch . They get custom orders like me so i may be able to get whiting, red snapper from them .

                1. re: raas25

                  Hey, you're welcome, and I'm really glad they could help you.

              2. re: raas25

                If you do not see the fish actually swimming in a tank in the store, you are buying (previously) frozen fish. It is the law in the US that *all* fish that is sold here in packaged form is frozen first--that is a food safety regulation. This applies even to sushi fish. As you will already understand, there is a big difference between the way food is sold in India and the way it is sold here.

                There are places where you will find fish swimming in a tank, primarily Asian supermarkets, but it is not the norm here. And generally the stuff sold in Asian supermarkets is tilapia and catfish, two fish that are seriously dull, flavor-wise. I'm not surprised that you're bored with the taste.

                If you pay more for fish you will get fish that tastes better. That's pretty much a rule. But just so you know, previously frozen fish can in fact taste really good. Give it a try.

                1. re: travelmad478

                  Whoops. Totally missed that s/he actually specified eating-intended fish that are *still swimming*. I've never seen such a thing for sale.

                2. re: raas25


                  The only reliable local live seafood here is Blue Crab, oysters, clams and mussels.

                  Blue crab is excellent. You might want to try soft-shell Blue Crab. You can clean, cook, and eat the entire crab, shell and all! An excellent choice. Maybe the best thing to look for in this area.

                  Dawsons is the best source for fresh seafood.

                  821 N Madison St
                  Wilmington, DE 19801
                  (302) 658-4238
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                  Mon-Wed 6 am - 2 pm

                  Thu-Fri 6 am - 4 pm

                  Stop in there and ask about live fish markets. They may have some idea of where to look.

                  Maybe H-Mart in Cherry Hill. Possibly Edison NJ.

                  This is a long shot, but anyhow, you could hang out at the docks in Lewes (Tautog, the best, or Sea Trout, Black Sea Bass), or Indian River inlet (Tuna, Shark, Mahi Mahi) when the Head boats and Offshore fleet comes in. These guys might sell part of their catch rather than clean them. I've done this in Hatteras Village on North Carolina's out Banks.

                  I have been to Rajasthan, but I don't think there are fish markets in the Thar Dessert. Anyhow, next January, my wife and I are planning on going to Chennai and further south to Kerala, so I'm looking forward to trying lots of fresh seafood and hot chilles!

                  Good Luck!

                  1. re: mikewebb

                    Thank you so much all the suggestions and your time. i appreciate it. i may need to try all the places. i dont mind travelling to nj monthly once during summer its a nice exp.

                    in fact i was looking for some fishing decks , i went to DE river last weekend but unable to find any fishers/boats. I will try it out at decks in lewes.... you seem to be interesting with all new/fresh catches. These fresh ones can never be compensated with frozen . for people who are used to forzen they wont make differene but for people like me used to eating only fresh/live ones (cook and eat wit 24 hrs of fish last breathe) the frozen dead fishes(kept more than 24 hrs) makes lot of difference, doesnt smell good although i did give a try many times i cant be used to it

                    1. re: mikewebb

                      thats interesting with blue crabs i have to try it though... i used to get the normal onces lot of shells wiht less flesh, this one sounds good. thank u so much definitely i wil include this in my like list and try it very soon .

                      1. re: mikewebb

                        Without a doubt, Dawsons is the freshest fish in the area.

                        1. re: mikewebb

                          I was downtown Wilmington this morning and stopped in to Dawson's for the first time. It was not at all what I was expecting. I guess I just assumed it was a retail store, similar to other fish stores.

                          What they had was very fresh, but they didn't really have much of a selection of what I was looking for, namely, small, whole fish. I ended up with croakers, which they very kindly butterflied for me. Next time I'll phone first to find out what they've got.

                        2. re: raas25

                          raas25, Namaste. Gigante on the Kirkwood hgwy has fish in a tank, last I saw it was tilapia but may have others, give it a try.

                          1. re: kmcdonne

                            I will definitely try this store Gigante. I did call captain catch and they said they can get me 1-2 choices of my fish list very fresh from day boaters (Caught same day and give it to me) so thank you for suggestions to caption catch also in previous posts.

                            1. re: raas25

                              You mentioned a willingness to travel, so I would assume that Chinatown in Philly would be in your limits? i'm not sure of the selection, but there is an underground supermarket with an entrance on 11th Street between Arch and Race Streets. They have tanks there with many options of items, some a little far out there for my taste. I would check for you, but no longer work in the area. Perhaps someone on the Philly board could clarify the findings to save you a trip.

                              1. re: jessicheese

                                Considering the original post was in November 2009, we may be a bit late... that said the fish market you mentioned is there, and was mentioned in a recent Craig Leban review of a restaurant that is next door to it. In fact the chef at the restaurant does not stock fish in his restaurant but rather directs his patrons to buy the fish next door and bring it to him. Here is the link to the review.

                                1. re: cwdonald

                                  I didn't realize the date! I do appreciate the link, though. Ho fun is one of my favorite dishes, and the tip about the vinegar and sriracha more than intrigues me. I've always been slightly intimidated by Tasty and will now have to pilgramage there to try it.
                                  As far as the market goes, it really is spectacular if you've never been. Huge, unbelievably affordable, and every Asian product that you can imagine is sold there.