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Whiting, baby flounder and Smelt

Need these for a Spanish fish fry. Any suggestion on where to find?

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  1. Smelts are pretty much an east coast fish. Maybe Point Loma Seafood can order them for you. As for flounder, Pacific coast sole should accommodate you.

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    Point Loma Seafoods
    2805 Emerson St, San Diego, CA 92106

    1. Smelt are from the Great Lakes. Caught in the spring. Because they are frozen over now.

      Flounder are from the Northern Atlantic Ocean (fluke are like flounder and can be caught in the summer in the Pacific).

      Whiting are in the East Atlantic and Mediterranean.

      None will be found fresh here.

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      1. re: Cathy

        Smelts, like what I think the OP and I are referring to, are ocean going fish, primarily the North Alantic.

        1. re: Cathy

          Flounders are also from the Pacific Ocean (and according to the Seafood watch list the better alternative to the Atlantic ones).

          1. re: Cathy

            Pacific Whiting aka Pacific Hake are found all along the west coast.
            same for California Flounder / California Halibut.

          2. Smelt and baby flounder can be found at Ranch 99 and Mitsuwa Market. Either fresh or frozen depending on the season.

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            1. re: steveprez

              Frozen whitings aren't all that bad . Fillets or whole broiled,fried,sauté etc. I enjoy a soup with whiting ,fennel bulb,olives,onions capers,and wine. I'll add different shell fish and serve over shell pasta or couscous .So again frozen whiting is ok

            2. If you are in coastal North County call Pelly's Fish Market, they will be able to get you what ever you need.

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              Pelly's Fish Market & Cafe
              7110 Avenida Encinas # 101, Carlsbad, CA

              1. Great information. I will call Point Loma, Pelly's and then look at Ranch 99 tomorrow and post my findings. Thanks!

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                Point Loma Cafe
                4856 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92106