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Where to buy fresh Santa Barbara prawns?

brian j Jun 24, 2011 09:59 AM

Anyone know of where I can purchase fresh Santa Barbara prawns for cooking at home? I haven't found a reliable seafood monger. I live on the east side, but work on the west side, and am willing to travel.

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    samtron608 Jun 24, 2011 04:29 PM

    i think i saw them a few times at the Farmers Market Hollywood on Sundays. its a seafood booth from santa barbara (i think the booth is at the south end)

    1. carln Jun 24, 2011 04:09 PM

      Although they arent the cheapest vendors in town, Santa Monica Seafood generally has them when they are in season.

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        whatsfordinner Jun 24, 2011 12:22 PM

        The fish vendor at the Santa Monica farmers market sometimes carries them.

        1. perk Jun 24, 2011 10:47 AM

          Fish King in Glendale is a terrific seafood place. I don't know about SB prawns, but give them a call.

          1. Professor Salt Jun 24, 2011 10:19 AM

            Most of the 99 Ranch Market locations have a seafood section with live tanks. I'd check the location nearest you, probably the ones in the SGV.

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              bulavinaka Jun 24, 2011 05:32 PM

              +2 on 99 Ranch - they do so much volume on the SB prawns. I was at the San Gabriel store about a month ago, and they had a sale on SB prawns - I think it was some crazy price like $14-15/pound. You gotta make sure they look healthy though, because IMHO they overstuff the tanks with the prawns. A dying prawn will soon be a dead prawn, and a dead SB prawn will be prawn pudding.

            2. Servorg Jun 24, 2011 10:18 AM

              You can usually find them at 99 Ranch Markets: http://www.99ranch.com/store_locator_...

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