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Apr 19, 2011 12:07 PM

Best fish at 99 Ranch in Clairemont Mesa

Lately I've been exploring the fish counter more at 99 Ranch. They usually have about 20-30 different varieties of fish there, most of which I have never even heard of (stuff like Milkfish).

I've bought the Sea Bass to use for cantonese style steamed fish a couple of times and found the quality to be not that great (flesh very mushy and muddy tasting). Over the weekend I bought one of the farmed Snappers (not the big red "true snappers") and it was slightly better.

Does anyone have any recommendations as to which varieties tend to be the freshest and best tasting? I'm looking for something with firm white flesh, preferably without a muddy aftertaste such as with catfish or tilipia.

I would like to try that "true snapper" which is supposed to be wild caught from Mexico, but they are huge and way too much meat for 2 people.

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  1. If the drive is not too much for you I would go to Luck Seafood instead of Ranch99 for fresh seafood. The fish looks/smells much better at Lucky Seafood.

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    1. re: honkman

      I'll have to take a look at Lucky Seafood. I don't frequent the Mira Mesa area too often so 99 Ranch is much more convenient for me. But next time I'm in the area I'll definitely swing by.

      Lucky Seafood
      9326 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA

    2. I had a "pink grouper" steak last week that was decent.

      In general I tend to stay away from the fish counter except for the live dungeness crab (when it's on sale) since the product tends to not be too fresh.