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Apr 30, 2010 03:27 PM

Places to buy fish?

I am sure there is a thread that addresses this, but I couldn't find it. I was wondering good places to buy decent, relatively cheap fish. I am making a bunch of fish tacos and don't want to pay farmers market/Whole Foods prices. I live around Miracle Mile, but anywhere in Los Angeles would be great. Thanks.

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    1. re: wienermobile

      I'd agree. The thing that I've noticed with Costco "fresh" seafood is that as long as you happen upon it when it first arrives, it's fine for cooking. And the seafood kiosks that set up adjacent to the meat department on weekends usually have at least a couple of good (not great) fish cuts for offer. The turnover is typically very good, and the prices are very competitive, so as long as the OP finds the type of fish he wants, it's a good match. I was there today, and the MdR Costco's seafood kiosk had "fresh" cuts of halibut - I think from Alaska.

      If the OP is near a Chinese/Asian (non-Japanese) super, e.g., 99 Ranch, then that would work as well.

    2. Seafood City, a market catering to Filipino community has fresh fish.
      134-140 S. Vermont Avenue (just north of 3rd St.)
      Los Angeles, CA 90004
      (213) 365-9100
      Store Hours: 8am to 9pm daily

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      1. re: monku

        There's another Seafood City in the Eagle River mall on Colorado. Excellent fish, good prices and scads of interesting groceries as well.

        1. re: Will Owen

          I mentioned the one on Vermont because the OP lives around Miracle Mile.

      2. Go to the Farmers Market on Melrose on Sunday and talk to Jenn @ Smart Fish. She will hook you up!!!!!

        1. costco is good.

          I get my fish at Elat Market on Pico, and it's always really fresh and reasonably priced.

          Elat Market
          8730 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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          1. re: Emme

            I can't stand the fish at Eilat market. That's where some people whose house I go to buy it, and I'm usually disappointed. I don't think piling fish the way they do keeps it as fresh as it would be otherwise.

            1. re: epop

              That's a shame. My halibut, ahi and tilapia have all been good.

              1. re: Emme

                I haven't tried the halibut there but the ahi and tilapia I had on many occasions
                have caused me to start eating before i go to those homes.

                1. re: epop

                  Sorry to hear that. Like I said, I've had only good experiences there. I presume you have no reason to distrust the preparation by those in the homes you frequent. I'm curious as to why they continue to purchase dish at Elat, or if you just think they have undiscerning palates.

                  1. re: Emme

                    Less discerning regarding seafood than mine.

                    But if you've luck, then enjoy.

                    1. re: Emme

                      IN RESPONSE TO WSB BELOW (my post ended up in the wrong area):

                      That sounds perfect. I wish I lived close to something like that, or didn't mind the 405's horrid drivers so much.

                      1. re: epop

                        At 4:30 in the morning no one is on the 405 or the 110.

                        1. re: WSB

                          You'd be surprised. I prefer traffic jams to some of the drivers I've braved against.

                          1. re: epop

                            you can get great fresh fish at the santa monica farmer's markets on wed. and sat.

                            1. re: budlit

                              Tried that and was not all that impressed.

                              1. re: epop

                                what was it that you tried and was unimpressed with?

            2. As a fussy fish lover from Boston, by far the very best fresh fish I have found is at Hollywood Farmer's Market Sunday mornings at J&P Seafood. Ultra-fresh. Good variety and prices and Marilyn is so accommodating. Unbelievable. (Sort of at the "crossorads" of the market