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Good affordable smoked salmon you can buy a lot of?

kachoo May 13, 2010 03:54 PM

Hey Guys!

I'm catering an hors d'oeuvres party next weekend (~100 people) and the only thing I'm missing for my menu so far is smoked salmon. I need a decent amount of it - think bite sized potato latkes topped with smoked salmon and some dill sour cream with a sprinkling of chives.

Anyone know of where I can get some good smoked salmon on the cheap? Maybe..'cheap' is a poor choice of words....but more like...."at wholesale-ish prices?"

Any thoughts on smoked salmon purchasable from Costco? As for where I can pick up...anywhere around Oakland/SF.

Thanks in advance!

  1. rworange May 14, 2010 04:24 PM

    You might stop by Grocery Outlet in Oakland or Bekeley to see if they have any lox. I usually buy the boxed dry-smoked salmon, but I've seen lox there from time to time. Don't know the quality though

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      kachoo May 14, 2010 01:22 PM

      YAY! Thanks guys for all the input! I think Costco it will be, but I'll definitely stop by the Bowl to check out their smoked salmon. LOVE that place to death. =)


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      1. re: kachoo
        OldTimer May 14, 2010 02:58 PM

        Be aware that Costco has several varieties of smoked salmon...with varying prices. It may also depend upon store location, and limits on display space.

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        rccola May 14, 2010 08:08 AM

        I find the CostCo wild smoked salmon (lox) not as tasty as the regular and more expensive. The wild is too fishy for me.

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          Allfrog68 May 13, 2010 09:52 PM

          Fourth on Costco. I buy it to make sushi balls for snacks for daughter's preschool. The smoked whitefish is a lot cheaper and good as well.

          1. escargot3 May 13, 2010 07:58 PM

            If you can't get to Costco, I think the Berkeley Bowl has a decent packaged Nova -- by a company called "Acme". But the Nova is much better than the other styles of preparation that the same company sells. Comes in 2 sizes, so try to get the large. It's near the deli counter (in the Old Berkeley Bowl).

            Berkeley Bowl
            2020 Oregon St, Berkeley, CA 94703

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            1. re: escargot3
              Windy May 14, 2010 12:25 AM

              The bowl also has delicious house-cured gravlax for ~$13 a pound, roughly half what more expensive delis charge.

            2. Robert Lauriston May 13, 2010 07:21 PM

              Third on Costco. Great price and good quality.

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              1. re: Robert Lauriston
                chilihead2006 May 14, 2010 11:56 PM

                I suppose Costco is good if you're cool with farm raised or clapped-out salmon.

                You're better off buying a filleted troll caught king and making it yourself.

                We got some absolutely tasteless Copper River Salmon at Costco a few years back and gave it away. I'm guessing they snagged the fish many miles upriver after they'd depleted their fat reserves. Since then we don't touch salmon from Costco.

                1. re: chilihead2006
                  Robert Lauriston May 15, 2010 10:14 AM

                  I believe the Kasilof brand Costco sells is wild Alaskan.

                  1. re: chilihead2006
                    wolfe May 15, 2010 10:18 AM

                    Luck of the draw. I had some excellent Copper River form Costco a few years ago.

                2. wolfe May 13, 2010 04:02 PM

                  I have had the Costco and been happy with it but I need a party because no matter how I try I can't eat that much.
                  Here's a link from the chains board with a comment from another local contributor.

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                  1. re: wolfe
                    cortez May 13, 2010 05:26 PM

                    For a party, it's Costco smoked salmon all night long. Salmon is one of Costco's key differentiators. The quality for price ratio of the smoked salmon is unbeatable.

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