Where to buy in Durham/Chapel Hill/Raleigh?
Does anyone know where to find bulk Ikura (salmon roe) (frozen OK) in Durham (preferably), or any other place in the Triangle? Whole Foods sells tiny jars, but I have been able to order it by the pound there previously. Last time I asked, they couldn't get it.
I would try Kirby at Earthfare in Raleigh, off 540. We travel long way to get our fish from him including wonderful tuna for sashimi. I've never seen salmon eggs there, but he may be able to order them for you. It's worth a call to ask. He's a great source, I think.
You also might want to try Mariakis on 15/501, Chapel Hill. It's mostly Greek and European. He used to carry the large jars of fresh salmon eggs but I haven't looked lately.
So...here's what we were able to find out:
Tokyo Shokuhin - They do have small quanities, but were generally quite unhelpful. Not somewhere I'll likely return.
Mariakis on 15/501 - we called, and they said they didn't have anything.
Whole Foods Durham - Said they could order it (contrary to what they told me when I first posted). However, they never called me back with a price.
Whole Foods Cary - We didn't inquire about Ikura there, but they do have sashimi grade tuna and salmon in case anyone is looking.
So...I ordered from Catalina Offshore Products. I can't say enough good things about them. Very easy ordering - and the package arrived exactly when they said it would. If you're on their email list, they send you specials. We'll probably order fish from them in the future too. Thanks for the recommendation.
hey bullcity! i'm still curious about this thread :) any other places in the RDU area that sell sashimi grade fish? i've been here for 1.5 years, and looking for a place has been a favorite "pastime" of mine. i've never been a fan of whole foods "sushi grade fish." it's kept with all the non-sashimi fish and always looks like you should sear it instead of risk it. on my visit to tom robinson's i found that it was not as clean as i would have hoped.
i still have day dreams of this small japanese grocery in dallas that kept a fridge full of sashimi from japan. they have a blog and would post their weekly stock so customers could follow along. i'm beginning to think there is no hope for us! catalina seems promising but it's hard to accept defeat, ya know?
It's "Mariakakis" not "Mariakis" just in case anyone is searching for it.
I've been underwhelmed by the Japanese grocery store in Cary.
In the past, many of the items in their store have been past their sell by date and some of the dates were artfully concealed by price stickers.