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Where to buy skate?

kemi5 Mar 30, 2010 11:28 PM

Already there aren't many restaurants that have it on their menus but would like to known if anyone has seen it anytime during their shopping expeditions. I am in the S. Bay but would consider traveling. Thanks.

  1. Melanie Wong Mar 31, 2010 12:46 AM

    I've seen it from time to time at the fish markets in SF Chinatown or Marina Foods in San Mateo.

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      Sharuf Mar 31, 2010 04:36 AM

      I occasionally see it at Mollie Stone's.

      How do the restaurants cook it? I usually just do a simple pan-fry.

      Mollie Stone's
      851 Cherry Ave # 22, San Bruno, CA

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        celeryroot Mar 31, 2010 09:17 AM

        Ive seen it at 99Ranch , make sure it is real fresh as it goes bad quickly.

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          kemi5 Mar 31, 2010 09:42 AM

          Thanks for your replies. I'm at 99 Ranch fairly often and have not seen it there, Although I frequent the Cupertino, M. View, & Milpitas branches. There is a Mollie Stone in P. Alto that I will call today. Most recently I've had it at Redd in Yountville, pan seared with a saffron nage (looked more like a foam to me) & Aqua SF w/ a wild mushroom consomme. Both were equally delicious. On the look out for more restaurants unless I can procure it myself.

          Mollie Stone's
          851 Cherry Ave # 22, San Bruno, CA

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          1. re: kemi5
            wolfe Mar 31, 2010 10:55 AM

            Seen on menus from Hayes Street Grill, Orson, Foreign Cinema and Wexler. Of course check before you go.

            Foreign Cinema
            2534 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94110

            Hayes Street Grill
            324 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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              kemi5 Mar 31, 2010 12:00 PM

              Will take note for next time I'm in SF. I'm especially intrigued by Wexler's since they're touted as a BBQ place. Thanks.

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                wolfe Mar 31, 2010 12:25 PM

                Here's a picture of there menu described cornmeal crusted skate stiffed with pulled pork.

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              celeryroot Mar 31, 2010 01:09 PM

              Daly City Store Saw it arnd the holidays

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              OldTimer Mar 31, 2010 10:48 AM

              Last year I was at the ferry market, and the fish vendor had skate. I remember because I remarked how overpriced it was. Looked good, tho.

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                kemi5 Mar 31, 2010 12:07 PM

                Do you recall how much just so I can have an idea of what is reasonable? Thanks.

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                  OldTimer Apr 2, 2010 10:37 AM

                  I don't recall the price, but it was high. I would guess $5.00 lb would be a good price, and it may well be seasonal. Of course, it may depend on whether it is fresh, or "previously frozen". I haven't eaten much skate, but I imagine Dover sole would taste similar...gelatinous and very delicate. The stuff I saw was cleaned...it may cost less whole.

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                sfbing Mar 31, 2010 12:08 PM

                Typically found at $3/lb in Chinese markets. However, it appears unpredictably. I've seen it on occasion at Sunset Super and Seafood Center.

                Seafood Center
                831 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

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                  chezchristine Apr 1, 2010 06:32 PM

                  Saw it today at Berkeley Bowl West, $4.99/lb

                  Berkeley Bowl West
                  920 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA

                  1. Melanie Wong Apr 2, 2010 12:20 PM

                    Another place you might explore would be the Korean supermarkets around Lawrence and El Camino in Santa Clara/Sunnyvale. Skate wing is a component in some popular Korean dishes.

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                    1. re: Melanie Wong
                      kemi5 Apr 2, 2010 08:17 PM

                      If only I could be so lucky. That is practically my backyard. Thanks.

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                      meels Apr 2, 2010 01:14 PM

                      concur berkeley bowl west - yesterday. And often the Monterey Fish Market on Hopkins in Berkeley will have it, too.

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