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Dec 8, 2009 08:44 AM

Fresh Fish in LA

Hiya gang, this being my first post I hope I don't disappoint! Are there any good fishmongers in the LA area? I just moved here and I'm still learning my way around the city. Anywhere I can get some quality fish, as fresh as possible?

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  1. Where do you live? it will be easier to give recommendations if we have that information.

      1. I have been very pleased with the fish from Gelson's in Century City. Consistently better than Santa Monica Seafood or Whole Foods. They cut the fish to the size requested without trying to sell you more and they trim it to get you the cut you want.

        1. Your profile indicates a Weho location, so go to the Gelsons on SM Blvd. and ask when they get their fish delivered, and buy accordingly. While it may be a smaller store than the previously recommended one in Century City, convenience still wins at some times, and knowing the timing will surely help you make your decision.

          1. if you're in WeHo you're comparatively near Koreatown, where supermarket sell good seafood. I go to the one at the Galleria mall (downstairs) on Olympic & Western, mostly because it is the closest to where I live. I'm pretty happy with what they offer.

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            1. re: bad nono

              Hey bad...

              I shop that store often especially for produce... but have shied away from fish because it's all not cleaned. Will they clean and bone it for you if you ask?

              I will say I've bought lobster there a lot. Always $9.99 a pound. You can't find better anywhere.

              1. re: Jennalynn

                Sorry, I hadn't seen your question. Yes they clean and prep for you, they scale and gut but they don't de-bone or fillet (that I know of). They have sushi-grade halibut, salmon and tuna in the refrigerated case on the left where you can get clams, fish roe, shrimps, etc.

                you can get interesting deals in the frozen food section on filleted fish, clean squid, fish roe, etc. if you want to make fish soup or fish terrine or anything that's not too delicate.

                1. re: bad nono

                  I've bought a lot from the frozen section. All good for soups or stews!

                  And I've bought lobster and other shellfish... just never saw any cleaning of the fin fish so I was wary. Good to know!