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Can you all tell me the best place to get fish in the Twin Cities in terms of value and quality? In particular, how does Stella's rate? Thanks. Joe

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  1. I've never been to Stella's so I can't answer that, but I can recommend Sea Change as a really good place to get fish. It's more expensive but I think it's worth the price, especially since part of their focus is on sustainability. Last time I was there I had the albacore and the octopus starters, and the scallop entree, and all were very good.

    http://www.seachangempls.com/

    If you're looking for something lower scale, the Anchor is a good fish & chips place.

    //www.theanchorfishandchips.com/The_Anc...

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    Sea Change
    806 Second Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55415

    1. Your post leads me to believe you mean restaurants rather than wholesalers/retailers so I will focus on those.

      There are several restaurants in Minneapolis that specialize in seafood (and i am sure in St Paul, but I'll let someone else tackle that). Among them: Oceanaire, Sea Salt, Sea Change, McCormick & Schmick's, Tin FIsh, and Stella's. Then you have sushi joints and central and south american restaurants that specialize in seafood, which I'll leave off, but feel free to mention if this is more of what you are looking for.

      Of those listed above; Oceanaire, Sea Change, & McCormick's are more white-tablecloth. I would rate them in that order of personal preference, giving extra points to Sea Change for their commitment to sustainability...though I have had two mediocre meals there. Oceanaire on the other hand has never disappointed, except to say I think they microwave their deserts...and I hate microwaves.

      The other three: Sea Salt, Stella's, and Tin Fish are more casual, and I would rank them in that order. Sea Salt and Tin Fish are primarily quick-serve joints, seasonal, with outdoor seating in/around parks.

      Stella's is good, but falls down when it comes to consistency in my opinion. I like it best for the deals they offer (days/hours devoted to oysters, lobster and crab) so that when I have a hankerin', I can have it fulfilled to my hearts desire. Outside of those however, the place is loud, and somewhat obnoxious...but so are most places in that part of town.

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      The Tin Fish
      3000 E Calhoun Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55408

      Sea Change
      806 Second Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55415

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      1. re: Foureyes137

        An FYI detail for Joe & others as to the meaning of "seasonal," based on history:

        Sea Salt:
        - open the first weekend in April,
        - reduced hours until Memorial Day weekend,
        - full hours until Labor Day weekend,
        - reduced hours until closing
        - closing the last weekend in October.

        Tin Fish:
        - open the last weekend in April,
        - reduced hours until Memorial Day weekend,
        - full hours until Labor Day weekend,
        - reduced hours until closing
        - closing in mid-October.

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        The Tin Fish
        3000 E Calhoun Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55408

      2. Rarely do all the stars align with so little prep. Oceanaire is in the Hyatt hotel and I was staying at the Hyatt. Table for 1 and 1 laptop. The hostess had two small tables put together so that I would have space for my meal and my laptop. Jim was my server and great! Wonderful personality, very friendly, and good recommendations. I had the broiled halibut with ala blue crab oscar... crab meat, grilled asparagus, and hollandaise sauce. The entire entree was really fresh. Gio the bartender was also very friendly, and made a delicious brandy alexander... dessert.

        This place is great if you 1 on business, a couple, or a large group. I would definitely recommend it.

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        Oceanaire Seafood Room
        1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

        1. I agree in general with the above posts. Sea Change would be #1 on my list, both overall and in the white-tablecloth division. On the "quicker" places, Sea Salt is excellent for what it is.

          I try to stay away from Stellas. The only reason to go there is for the rooftop views. The food is mediocre at best - expensive for what you get, and very inconsistent. I can honestly say I've never had a meal at Stella's I thought was even OK.

          The Twin Cities has a dearth of seafood options, which might not be surprising given the location. But I've found that there are many "regular" restaurants that do a great job with seafood dishes, including Solera and Bar La Grassa.

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          Solera
          900 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403

          Sea Change
          806 Second Street S., Minneapolis, MN 55415

          Bar La Grassa
          800 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401

          1. I've not been to Oceanaire since the ownership change, but AZ absolutely trashed them in his blog post yesterday:

            http://blogs.mspmag.com/chowandagain/...

            Personally, I would either go to Sea Salt or check one of my other standbys like Alma, Heartland, Vincent or Meritage, etc for fish on their current menus.

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            Meritage
            410 Saint Peter St, Saint Paul, MN 55102

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            1. re: BigE

              Lucia's. She wrote a cookbook for sport fishermen.

              1. re: BigE

                Wow that review is a bit disconcerting, I totally agree that it use to be a great go to seafood place. Now I'm really worried.

                1. re: astadtler

                  OK, finally went to Citizen Cafe to use up my gift cert that I won on National Night Out. Wow, some great fish there! They have a daily special and today it was fresh herring from Grand Marais, pan sauteed and served with green beans and roasted potatoes with caramelized onions. The fish was lovely, tasted how it's supposed to when you're camping and catch some fish and cook it right away.........subtle, sweet, fresh... Also , for other salt-o-phobes, this restaurant is NOT into salt, they are into using lots of quality, local and sustainable type stuff, like whipped Hope butter in their bread basket... Loved their garbanzo spread also that comes with the bread basket. For dessert, a parfait with fresh fruit, creme anglaise, whipped cream, and brownie chunks in an old-fashioned parfait glass...perfect!

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                  Citizen Cafe
                  2403 E 38th St, Minneapolis, MN 55406