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Dec 31, 2010 03:50 PM

fish question # 2

so the other day I asked "where to buy fresh sardines" in SF and got good I'm puzzled: WHEN are sardines in season in this area? is the fishery closed right now? (Google searches turn up historical studies of sardine fisheries; technical discussions of sardine genotypes, etc; but nothing very helpful to a guy who wants to buy, roast & eat a couple of 'em with a nice bottle or Arneis...) thanks again?

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  1. I've seen them on a few menus lately, so they're around. Have you asked any fish retailers?

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      yes, three different places along Clement Street yesterday; in each case the clerk kinda shrugged and went "no more." then Ms Margaret found this on line
      which suggests I should be on my toes next summer...maybe I should mark my calendar now?

      1. re: chairbc

        They were around in mid-December. Call the Monterey Fish wholesale line and ask them.

        1. re: chairbc

          That's odd i saw them last week at Whole Foods in Los Altos...wonder where they got theirs?

      2. There were fresh sardines today at Monterey Fish Market on Hopkins.

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        1. re: wally

          That's the retail branch of the wholesaler I mentioned above. If you contact the wholesale office in SF, they can tell you where you could find or at least special-order them nearest your home.

          Obviously they're not out of season. I think stocks may have come back to the point that they're available year-round.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            and in fact we found sardines at a fish market on Clement yesterday--$3.50/#--bought four (they're bigger than I'd expected) and are cooking 'em tonight.