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Dec 21, 2010 07:10 AM

Tucson - Fish market?

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


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

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    1. re: missvenuz

      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?

      1. re: shaharidan

        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!

        1. re: Claudette

          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.

          1. re: shaharidan

            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.

            1. re: DriverPhil

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

    2. 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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      1. re: EWSflash

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

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        1. re: EWSflash

          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.

          1. re: shaharidan

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

        2. 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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          1. re: adobe4750

            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.

            1. re: adobe4750

              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

              1. re: Sid Post

                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.

                1. re: adobe4750

                  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.

                  1. re: Sid Post

                    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.

                    1. re: EWSflash

                      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.

                      1. re: Sid Post

                        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.

                  2. re: adobe4750

                    Higher than AJ's? The mind boggles.

              2. 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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                1. re: FishTales

                  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!

                  1. re: adobe4750

                    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...