George & Son's Seafood Market
I ran across this seafood market about two weeks ago. I was on my way to the Wawa late at night and coming back, saw the sign. I had to stop, turn around and drive up to the store. I couldn't believe it, a fresh seafood market in Hockessin. Fantastic!
Well, I stopped in yesterday and picked up some fresh salmon filets. Wow, fish was super fresh! Price was very good. In the counter they had: sushi grade tuna, salmon, swordfish, tilapia, whole bronzino, flounder, shrimp, soft shell crabs, crab cakes, clams, mussels and much more. And if they don't have it, they will get it.
I asked the son, George IV (I had never met a fourth before... lol), if it's in the sea can they acquire it? He said, "In or out of the sea, we can get it!" He mentioned that they had acquired some frog legs for a customer. Frog legs in Hockessin, who would have thought it possible?
It's a family run store. George III, has been in the business about 25+ years. He had two previous locations in the Wilmington area, but had really been looking to move to Hockessin if the opportunity arrived. Well, it arrived back in late summer of 2010. I believe they opened in August/September of that year. How I missed them, I don't know, but I found them now!
The inside is spotless, with a down-at-the-beach vibe. George IV said they will have steamed Maryland crabs when the season starts. Can't wait.
If you are looking for a very good fish monger or want to try something new, give George & Son's a visit. I've got a very good feeling about this place.
I have never purchased seafood from the ACME (Pike Creek or Hockessin). That is why I am glad to see George & Sons in the area. I usually buy my seafood from one of three places: Janssen's, Sansone's or Hills. Sometimes I will go to Dawson's.
Their selection wasn't as broad as what you might find at Sansone's or Hill's, but it was more than what I usually find at Janssen's. Hopefully they will continue to grow and bring in more seafood. If their customer base grows, they should be able to offer a broad variety of fresh seafood. As long as it is fresh and I can either run in and pick up what I want or call a few days ahead, I will be happy.
What I really like about them is they are local. I am getting to the point where I really want to purchase from local suppliers whenever possible and when it makes sense economically. I am getting a little tired of the large chains taking over everything. There is nothing wrong with the chains for the most part, but if I can develop a rapport with a local fish monger or butcher I try to do so.
I stopped into this place right when they opened and liked the staff/service, although at the time they didn't have a huge selection. They were planning to put in a takeout sushi counter--has that appeared? I bought some fish, which was not cheap, but not completely outrageous either. I also bought a container of shrimp salad that was so incredibly salty that after I tasted it, I walked right back into the store to get my money back. To their credit, they were very nice about it and substituted it with a different kind of shrimp salad that was much better. Apparently this item was not made by them, just sold by them, so I hope they alerted the proper people to tell them about the problem.
I used to hit Wawa a lot more than I do now, so I rarely find myself on Old Lancaster Pike and forget this store is there. I should go back and buy more fish from them.