Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
Mar 30, 2010 11:28 PM

Where to buy skate?

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. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  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.

      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.

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

          4 Replies
          1. re: kemi5

            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

            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.

            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.

              2 Replies
              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 may cost less whole.