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Just wondering where people buy their smoked fish. Any recommendations? I've tried some from Whole foods which was alright, anyone know where they get theirs? I've also tried Mikes Fish Market which was good.

Any suggestions?

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Fish Market Restaurant
54 St York, Ottawa, ON K1N5T1, CA

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  1. You might want to check out this recent thread:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/614472

    1. Try North Fish in Etobicoke or Starsky.

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      Starsky's
      2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

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      1. re: Kagemusha

        I would definitely second Starsky -- salmon and trout are especially good.
        Since the Viking went away due to fire, Mr. Vuitton and I have been getting our smoked salmon fix at Starsky

        Now, if I could only find a place that did a good sourdough dark rye, too...

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        Starsky's
        2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

        1. re: CocoaChanel

          Try Dimp's.

      2. It isn't the cheapest but I am still a big fan of Caviar Direct in the basement of the St. Lawrence Market.

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        St. Lawrence Market
        92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

        1. Dufferin Grove Farmer's Market. The Akiwenzies smoke good fish.

          1. There's a European Deli runned by Russians at the corner of the plaza on Steeles ( between Yonge and Bathurst ) where Sababa is located. Lots of whole or sliced ones. Also at least 3-4 types of salmon caviars! Nice cold cut deli section as well!

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            Sababa
            390 Steeles W, Thornhill, ON L4J6X6, CA

            1. Check out The Smoked Fish Factory -- Central-Epicure in the Steeles and Weston rd. area! Phone 416 745-4323. They have expanded to a true small retail area. Some of my favourites are Cisco, Trout, Salmon!!

              1. If you really love smoked fish, try this
                http://kristapsons.com/
                They're well known for their smoked salmon, but I swear by their smoked trout.

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                1. re: Jane.T

                  Kristapson's smoked salmon is really good, as is the trout. The individual trout are hot-smoked by someone other than Kristapsons but excellent in flavour and texture.

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                  Kristapsons
                  1095 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                  1. re: Yongeman

                    Kristapson's also do whole whitefish from time to time, which is available infrequently. Best to call in advance.

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                    Kristapsons
                    1095 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                2. With due respect, IMHO, I really think Kristapson's smoked salmon is overpriced and over-rated!!
                  I have tried all their products in both their downtown and Markham stores and everytime I found the texture too dry and sans oiliness. Flavour was good but still lacking in complexity. Not only are they way inferior to hand carved ones I've tasted in Norway and Scotland, they don't even compare to those from some of New York's finest like Sable's or Russ & Daughters. The ones sold in the fish mongers in St. Lawrence Market are, IMO, better tasting.

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                  St. Lawrence Market
                  92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

                  Kristapsons
                  1095 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

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                  1. re: Charles Yu

                    Maybe you just don't like smoked pacific salmon, which is what Kristapsons uses. Smoked atlantic salmon has a much more oily, fatty texture than pacific. I like both.

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                    Kristapsons
                    1095 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                    1. re: acd123

                      I have tried Pacific Coho, Sockeye as well as Alaskan King salmon in Vancouver, Anchorage and Seattle. IMO, some are much better tasting than the Krisp's version!!! BTW, the Alaskan King can be as oily as their Atlantic cousins!! May be Krisp's sliced pre-packed in a permeable paper wrapper has something to do with the dryness or rather - lack of moistness?! SLM also sells Pacific version. However, their's are more moist and oily!

                    2. re: Charles Yu

                      All the fish stores in SLM sell the same smoked salmon? Who smokes it? Personally, I'm quite happy with the Kristapson's product. Since I usually buy it for my own consumption, I often just buy the little bag of 'tidbits' or whatever they call it because it's much cheaper that way, and doesn't need to look 'purdy', just taste good.

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                      Kristapsons
                      1095 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M, CA

                      1. re: Charles Yu

                        @Charles Yu - I agree Krsitapson is overpriced and overrated. Funnily enough Starsky on Dundas West has excellent, vodka cured and applewood cured products, which i enjoy.
                        Today I happened to be in the East end of town near Eglinton and Vic Park and remebered that someone had suggested I visit Diana's Seafood on Lawerence East. Wow, very impressive with the range of fish they have available; but they also have an excellent beetroot and orange cured gravlax and their hot smoked product is one of the most deliciously moist and tasty products I have come across in along time.

                        IMHO opinion, east coast or west coast, nothing however beats the simple and elegant salt cured and smoked lox from J. Willy Krauch in Tangiers , Nova Scotia. Try it at Rodney's on King West or Rodney's by Bay on Temperance. A far superior product thats very consistent and very very tasty.

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                        Diana's Seafood
                        2101 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

                        Starsky's
                        2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

                        1. re: Grazor

                          I second J. Willy Krauch in Tangiers , Nova Scotia.........yum. Had this while driving through NS and stoped at their shop. Had smoked teriyaki salmon and plain flavour, It was the best smoked fish ever. Did not realize they sold it up here.....do you know of any places around Mississauga that it is sold? TIA.

                      2. It's pretty pricey here in the city (can get it at Bruno's on Avenue Rd and Summerhill Market and probably others) but I love Milford Bay Smoked Trout...I always try and stock up on some when I'm in Muskoka and can go to their home base...very yummy...they also make a lovely Smoked Trout pate...

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                        Summerhill Market
                        446 Summerhill Ave, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

                        1. Akiwenzie's Smoked Fish...they are also at the Orangeville Farmers Market as well (Market on Broadway) Saturday Farmers Market, 8 am-1 pm. Fabulous smoked fish!

                          1. Some have the belief that the key to the flavour is the way in which the fish is cut. Chapman's has a specialist come in who takes a horizontal approach. Not sure where they get the fish from.

                            If you make it up to Wiarton, Howell's has a smokehouse.