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Tucson - Fish market?

shaharidan Dec 21, 2010 07:10 AM

Is there a good fish market in or near Tucson?
Not 17th st. market.


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  1. missvenuz RE: shaharidan Dec 21, 2010 07:57 AM

    Try Lee Lee Oriental Supermarket on Orange Grove and La Cholla.

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      shaharidan RE: missvenuz Dec 21, 2010 08:38 AM

      thanks i'll check it out, but i was hoping to find an actual fish market.
      Maybe where local high end restaurants get their sea food?

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        Claudette RE: shaharidan Dec 21, 2010 01:51 PM

        You might call them and ask. When I've asked Wildflower, Bluefin, Primo, and Sullivan's, they all tell me only that they get fish flown in (from San Diego, if they tell me any place at all). Good luck!

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          shaharidan RE: Claudette Dec 21, 2010 01:59 PM

          Thanks Claudette. That's pretty much what I was thought. Seems like Tucson could support a real fish market and we aren't really that far from the water, but I guess not.

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            DriverPhil RE: shaharidan Dec 22, 2010 04:22 PM

            Lee Lee seems to have the best selection and good prices. AJ's can offer fancier and wilder.

            This is a beef oriented town - the so called seafood restaurants are pretty disappointing compared to the coast. That's just the facts of life here.

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              mrbigshotno.1 RE: DriverPhil Dec 24, 2010 12:12 PM

              I've never seen a bigger selection of fish in Tucson than at Lee Lee.

    2. EWSflash RE: shaharidan Dec 24, 2010 05:05 PM

      Anybody want to give a shoutout to Rodriguez Seafood on south 4th or 6th (forget which)? Also, American Meat Company of south 4th is supposed to be good,

      LeeLee has a staggering array of fresh and frozen meat and seafood, their frozen section is like nothing I've ever seen before. The prices are usually really good, too, if you'll settle for frozen.

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        amyptucson RE: EWSflash Apr 15, 2011 07:23 AM

        Rodriguez Seafood is 3541 S 12th Ave, 623-1931. I keep meaning to get there to try it out because it's supposed to be a great fish market. They have a small area where you can sit and eat, too.

      2. EWSflash RE: shaharidan Apr 15, 2011 05:23 PM

        Just curious, why are you excluding the 17th Street Market?

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          shaharidan RE: EWSflash Jun 17, 2011 08:32 AM

          sorry for the slow reply haven't checked CH in awhile.
          I excluded 17th street because I already know about it.
          It's also not really a fish market, it's more a grocery store with a good seafood department.

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            Tucsongal RE: shaharidan Jun 18, 2011 02:09 PM

            I havent been there in years but Rodriquez was always good- I think they supply some the restaurants here.

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          adobe4750 RE: shaharidan Aug 21, 2011 06:17 AM

          went to 17th street yesterday 8/20. Fish market is closed as they do not sell fish anymore. Most of the freezers are empty as well.

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            Saguaro RE: adobe4750 Sep 3, 2011 02:55 PM

            Fish is a little too upscale for Tucson, as the demise of the fish department at the 17th St Market may indicate. But SWA often has good fares to San Diego.

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              Sid Post RE: adobe4750 Sep 11, 2011 04:31 AM

              I hate to hear that market closed down. Years ago I bought a lot of good fish there. There Asian stuff was really good as well.

              How is Rincon Market these days? They had a really good fish counter. Other then that, AJ's is probably your best bet.

              Rincon Market
              2513 E 6th St, Tucson, AZ 85716

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                adobe4750 RE: Sid Post Sep 12, 2011 08:37 AM

                rincon is fantastic, but they have the highest prices in town. that was the appeal of 17th street. great quality, reasonable price. something strange is going on at 17th street. they have closed down at least half of their freezers.

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                  Sid Post RE: adobe4750 Sep 12, 2011 09:47 PM

                  Hmmm ....

                  I wonder if the bad economy is affecting their customer base. 17th street always had what seemed be middle to low income customers so, I"m guessing their business is way down in the more expensive items they used to carry.

                  I know I sure got a lot of good fish there in addition to a lot of hard to find Asian and European stuff.

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                    EWSflash RE: Sid Post Sep 13, 2011 08:31 PM

                    Their prices have skyrocketed in the last two years. They can't even be considered cheap any more for most things.
                    I wasn't impressed with the seafood selection lately, when you walked into the store it smelled like Clorox and dead fish, not a good combo IMO, although I guess it was better smelling the Clorox AND the fish, rather than the fish, period.
                    It's very possible that LeeLee blew them out of the water, so to speak.
                    I donh't see a lot of future for 17sm, it's gotten progressively pricier AND dirtier. I'm not a princess, I do go too Grantstone Market sometimes. But I' ve seen a downturn in quality and a horrendous uptick in price. I stil think it's the only place in Tucson where you can get canned Spotted Dick.

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                      Sid Post RE: EWSflash Sep 13, 2011 08:51 PM

                      How's Lee Lee Market? I moved away before they opened. Maybe I need to swing by while I'm in Tucson and check them out.

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                        EWSflash RE: Sid Post Sep 16, 2011 11:58 AM

                        I think it's fantastic. They have just about every kind of seafood in the world in the freezer cases, plus an assortment of live stuff. Prices are good. It's most definitely worth a visit even if you're not able to buy anything. The attached Vietnamese restaurant is delightful, too.

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                    EWSflash RE: adobe4750 Jan 27, 2012 09:48 AM

                    Higher than AJ's? The mind boggles.

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                FishTales RE: shaharidan Sep 13, 2011 05:12 PM

                We live about an hour & a half from Tucson so don't get to 17th Street Market very often. When we do we try to stock up on their seafood. Is their fish counter -really- closed? Their website still features it:



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                  adobe4750 RE: FishTales Sep 13, 2011 06:48 PM

                  the web site is wrong. we tried again about 2 weeks ago and there is no fish!!! We are going to try Rodriguez on south 12th. stay tuned!

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                    FishTales RE: adobe4750 Sep 14, 2011 08:24 AM

                    Thanks for taking the time to reply. That's sad bad news indeed. Rodriguez had been ok; they had 5 lb boxes of frozen shrimp (farmed -or- wild, be sure to check!) but they were one block of ice, not individually frozen. Everything looked ok there, but they had nowhere near the selection of 17th Street, & somehow nothing looked quite as fresh as 17 Street's offerings. Haven't been there for a few years, since finding out about 17th Street. Ah well...

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