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  • kemi5 Mar 30, 2010 11:28 PM
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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.

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

    1. I occasionally see it at Mollie Stone's.

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

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

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

        1. 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.

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

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          1. re: kemi5

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

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

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

            1. re: wolfe

              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.

              1. re: kemi5

                Here's a picture of there menu described cornmeal crusted skate stiffed with pulled pork.
                http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/4kvWqk...

            2. re: kemi5

              Daly City Store Saw it arnd the holidays

            3. 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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              1. re: OldTimer

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

                1. re: kemi5

                  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.

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

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                Seafood Center
                831 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

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

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                  Berkeley Bowl West
                  920 Heinz Ave, Berkeley, CA

                  1. 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

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

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