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Feb 8, 2012 12:16 PM

Which Dallas Seafood Market, Rex's or T.J.'s?

I plan to go to either Rex's or T.J.'s for the first time this weekend for seafood, specifically looking for good fresh cod to make bacalao (dried cod). Will probably get some shrimp or crab as well. Can anyone recommend which one has the best quality/price?

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    This is Jon, Owner of TJ's. i'll let others answer the subjective part. Just wanted you to know that TJ's will not have Cod this weekend as the fish is criminally overfished.

    Instead we feature Haddock, which is incredibly similar and a "best choice" or "good alternative" via Seafood Watch.

    If you decide to come to TJ's, let us know and we'll be sure to have some haddock for you.

    Thank you for your interest in fresh seafood wherever you get it.

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    1. re: JonFromTJs

      Haddock is a wonderful fish. Great also for "fish & chips".

      1. re: JonFromTJs

        Haddock is indeed a wonderful fish, very cod-like.....

      2. Although I love TJ's, Wholefoods has been getting great cod lately. Try Sea Breeze in Plano
        I'm not a great fan of Rex Seafood except for lunch.

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        1. re: twinwillow

          it surprises me that WF of all places would support cod fishing. maybe its pacific cod? or are they getting hook and line? hook and line to us seems silly - in order not to overfish, use archaic inefficient fishing methods? that's not sustainable economically - diesel costs the same whether you are catch fish in bulk or not. bandaid, nothing more.

          best of luck in your search. info on cod sustainability:

          i can't read the foreign language, but there seem to be many sites that list haddock as a fine fish with which to do bacalao.

          1. re: JonFromTJs

            WF sells Atlantic cod. Supposedly, a non-sustainable fish.
            Jon, walk across the street and see for yourself.

            1. re: JonFromTJs

              Thanks for all the info. Cod seems so common that I never thought about it possibly being an unsustainable fish. Looks like I have some research to do.

              1. re: JonFromTJs

                I thought you were exaggerating when you stated that cod were "criminally overfished" until I googled it.

                What a disaster and there are no signs that Atlantic cod are rebounding either.

                I don't know why someone would want to make their own bacalao, baccala, etc., depending on which country you are standing in when you cook with it, but you can buy it in CM and WF.

                1. re: Scagnetti

                  i didn't mean to thread-jack and turn this into a sustainability lecture!

                  1. re: JonFromTJs

                    I'm glad you did. Seafood sustainability is an important and under-discussed topic. Thanks for bringing it up!

                    1. re: JonFromTJs

                      Agreed. I want to be an informed consumer.

                      1. re: JonFromTJs

                        I'm glad you did.

                        Being a former Northeasterner, I was always told you could walk across Georges Bank on the backs of cod.

                        Things have changes in 30 years

                        1. re: JonFromTJs

                          Jon perhaps you should start another thread! I was curious as to why there is not a push to overfish the invasive species around the nation and get rid of those, namely the Asian Carp.


                          1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                            there is! east coast and carribbean - they are pushing for eating Lion Fish. Asian Carp is a tougher species. the problem is that Asian Carp, while delicious, is FULL of little bones. so they only way to commercially harvest it is to cook the fish whole, then take the bones out, then freeze or pasturize. and not too many people or kitchens like buying already cooked fish. interesting article about this very subject here:


                            1. re: JonFromTJs

                              Very interesting. I wonder if you could do a high heat deep fry and soften the bones enough to eat.

                              1. re: irodguy

                                read the article, they seem to have a method but i'm not sure if it will work on a large scale. again, supposedly the flesh in delicious.

                  2. Sounds like your cod might have turned into a bigger deal than you thought! As far as TJ's or Rex's, I have shopped at both for many years (they are both close to me) until about 2 years ago. Now it is strictly TJ's. I had a very bad experience with Rex's (foodwise not service as they are all very friendly and helpful) and I simply won't go back. I truly appreciate Jon's philosophy on fish selection, freshness and the way he does business. If it is not pristinely fresh, then he wont' sell it. He is always happy to stop and speak with customers and share his vast knowledge and he is constantly looking for ways and suggestions from his customers to add to his services.. I have truly come to respect and value TJ's. And no, I'm not related to any of them. Plus he will go out of his way to order just about anything you want (as long as it is sustainable of course).

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                    1. re: queenie

                      I concur, again! TJ's Seafood is PRIMO in Dallas!

                      1. re: queenie

                        Yeah, I sure opened a kettle of fish, didn't I? I appreciate everyone's input. In response to Scagnetti, I know it's not everyone's thing, but hubby and I really enjoy salting our own bacalao, curing our own corned beef, smoking our own salmon and bacon, etc. It's nice to have control over the seasonings and quality of ingredients and we just really enjoy making things from scratch that people normally buy. Cooking is my creative passion!

                        1. re: Carrollton Foodie

                          Personally, I think it's great that you both enjoy that.
                          The family that cooks together, stays together.

                          1. re: Carrollton Foodie

                            God bless, cook in good health, you have more energy than I do.

                        2. Im going with tjs as well. Their shrimp and cocktail sauce is unbeatable. Also their salmon, tuna, and sea bass are the best in the city.

                          1. Would never go to TJ's. Tried them a few years ago and their lobster tanks were absolutely filthy.