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Scary Bill Mar 16, 2010 09:53 AM

Anyone ever seen crawfish -fresh or frozen- in Calgary?

Tks

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    Scary Bill Mar 19, 2010 12:24 PM

    OK all, just got back from City Fish, got 3 pounds of crawdaddies. They are large and look great, 10-15 to the pound. The person who helped me was really welcoming.
    A couple things: the price for the 3 lb is $25. The $21 was wholesale and they did honour that price this time, but not in the future. The Crawdads are from China, wild caught, and Cajun seasoned.
    They do not have a price list for the commoners because they are wholesale.

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    City Fish
    3515 27 St NE #8, Calgary, AB T1Y 5E4, CA

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      tex_in_yyc Mar 19, 2010 01:26 PM

      You have to let us know how you serve them up and how they taste.... I wait in great anticipation on this one...

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        vchrusch Mar 20, 2010 07:26 PM

        I used to deal with City Fish quite a bit when I was working at the Bayou and Cajun Charlies and I can tell you that the crawfish tails you're talking about are a good product. Of course having fresh live crawdaddies to use would be better, but they certainly are very hard to get in this city.

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        City Fish
        3515 27 St NE #8, Calgary, AB T1Y 5E4, CA

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          Scary Bill Mar 22, 2010 03:44 PM

          The crawfish were enjoyed by all. The spicing is fairly mild Cajun, so good for a crowd. The recommended preparation was steaming for 2-3 minutes which we did.
          Next time I would change the preparation by steaming for 2 minutes then putting into a pan with 1-2 tablespoons of hot oil with a bit more Cajun spice already stirred in, then stir the crawfish to coat and serve. This is how I liked them at a restaurant I used to go to.
          They come vacuum sealed so they were in very good condition. They are 10-15 to a pound, so large by my experience, in fact some of the claws were large enough to dig the meat from.

      2. Major_9000 Mar 17, 2010 07:21 PM

        Another ty from me, I've been looking for crawfish for a looong time, thx.

        1. rosetown Mar 17, 2010 03:44 PM

          added to database:

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          City Fish
          3515 27 St NE #8, Calgary, AB T1Y 5E4, CA

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            TSAW Mar 22, 2010 04:32 PM

            I love City Fish. My friend used to be a meat manager at a local grocery so he told me that they will actually do retail! I went there and got fresh crab. I brought my cooler, and they took me too the back and I got to pick out my crabs. So delicious! In the fall I went back and got a very large bass for a BBQ and that was great too.

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            City Fish
            3515 27 St NE #8, Calgary, AB T1Y 5E4, CA

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            tex_in_yyc Mar 16, 2010 10:06 AM

            I believe I've seen frozen tails once in Co-op. Other than that, never. I once tried to see what it would take to have BIllingsgate bring some in, but I couldn't commit to whatever quantity it was that they wanted at the time.

            If you get a line on some, please let me know

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              Scary Bill Mar 16, 2010 10:45 AM

              Tex, found some at http://www.cityfish.ca/ in the NE.

              3lb whole frozen cajun seasoned for $21.

              1lb tail meat frozen @ $13.

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                tex_in_yyc Mar 16, 2010 01:13 PM

                Well done!

                Will they sell to us mere commoners? I see they are a wholesaler...

                Also, what do you suppose they mean by "whole frozen, cajun seasoned"? Boiled and then frozen? or raw, seasoned and we boil them ourselves?

                Could have a pretty good weekend if I can have a crawfish boil and some beer to wash it all back with.. otherwise, it might just be crawfish etouffe on the menu....

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                  Scary Bill Mar 16, 2010 01:44 PM

                  Commoners are welcome AFAIK. Didn't ask. I have found that wholesalers in Alberta have no problen selling to anyone, though sometimes you have to buy , for instance, a whole elk loin, or the like. In Ontario where I came from, wholesalers would not sell retail because of the PST exemption that licensed retailers get, and the need to provide a registration #.

                  The whole spiced are cooked I believe. I'm pretty sure the tail meat is also. But hey, commoners can't be choosers, I'll take what they got.

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                  cdn Mar 16, 2010 03:16 PM

                  SB thank you so much...I have been on a search for crawfish for a few years and could never pin down a supplier that could commit at a decent price. I also looked into flying them up live from Houston....$$$$!!! Although this will never replace dollar buckets at Sams Boat in H-Town it might be a close second....YIPPEE!!

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