Fresh seafood - Octopus, Squid and Sardines - in Los Angeles?
Hiya, we just moved to LA and I'm still trying to figure out where to buy my food! Can anyone recommend a good place to buy fresh octopus, squid and sardines? Is there a fishmonger anywhere???
Also, while I'm at it, where can I buy decent produce that isn't overpriced? Case in point: I'm craving persimmons, but Whole Foods was selling them for $3 EACH. Nuts. Is there a decent farmer's market or wholesale produce market in town??
Any other recs welcome, but I'm really wondering about the seafood and produce!
Thanks in advance!
you should look for the farmers market closest to you. i bought 3 persimmons sunday for $1.50 at the atwater FM. also, re: fish, there are a few farmers markets that have fish vendors. so depending on your location, you may be in luck. also, you may want to check out Fish King in glendale.
prices vary and some vendors are cheaper than others so it's best to walk around first and ask prices. if you're in west hollywood and want to check out one of the fish vendors, go to the Monday west hollywood FM. i think it ends at 1 or 2. it's on fountain i think, around vista. it's not the best one BUT, the fish vendor/truck is there. if you get lucky, they may have ceviche! best ceviche i've ever had. for sunday FM in weho, the melrose place one is great and so is the larchmont one. both have really good fish vendors, but not the truck one that i love.
For fresh seafood at a reasonable price you should try Han Nam Chain supermarket on Olympic. It's my favorite market to shop for fish. It's not in WeHo but I live downtown (about equidistant from WeHo) and go there frequently. Farmer's markets are great but the seafood guys at them are crazy expensive. For a 'fish-only' market I 2nd the Fish King recommendation.
This time of year you should have no trouble getting persimmons at a reasonable price. The Monday farmer's market on fountain (and vista?) is a good bet. The Sunday Hollywood fm is definitely worth crossing La Brea for. You could also probably find them for cheap at the Thai markets in Thai town but I'm not sure. Definitely check out the permanent Farmer's Market on 3rd and Fairfax. Huntington's is a great butcher and the produce is excellent - I must also confess a weakness for the chocolate meringue pie at DuPar's.
One bit of advice - if you're looking for an all-in-one solution for grocery shopping in LA you're bound to be disappointed. One of the great joys of this town is cruising various supermarkets for what they do best. I think nothing of running down to Long Beach to get brats at Alpine Village then swinging by a Chinese grocer for Thai eggplants on my way back into town. It' all out there and it can be had on the cheap but it takes a willingness to travel. Once you get a handle on the local traffic patterns and learn not to go to Super King on a Saturday it can be a great source of fun.
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