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San Diego fresh grilled sardines

durham Oct 22, 2000 03:42 PM

Either I'm pregnant or my wife is, but we are both suddenly desperate to find great Provencale food, and particularly to find (in the San Diego area) freshly grilled Sardines, with a little pepper and great olive oil. Can anybody please help? Many thanks

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    keith stone Aug 1, 2008 05:06 PM

    George's modern in La Jolla normally has fresh sardines. The Chef has a tank in the kitchen. Great dish!!

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      Alan408 Jul 14, 2008 08:29 AM

      I realize this post is old, but if anyone wants fresh sardines, contact the bait sellers. In San Diego, I have purchased fresh (live) sardines at Point Loma from Everingham Brothers.

      Expect to pay ~$5/lb with a 5lb minimum. They sell the sardines by the "scoop", either a full or half. A half scoop is ~2-3 partial net scoops. Tipping is customary.

      I would not be surprised if Point Loma Seafood could get them with advance notice.

      There is "no season" in San Diego, sardines are available all year long.

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        combres Aug 1, 2008 10:56 AM

        Good post, I have been trying to find sardines in san diego. I can get them from the fishery in pb, if I order 3 days in advance, but I always forget to do it on weds, and now it is the weekend and I can't get them.

        I tried call ing point loma seafood, and the idiot on the phone says that I am the first person calling for those in 6 years.

        I looked at Everingham brothers, but how do you buy from them, it says their bait barges are only accessible by boat? Also are these safe to eat since they are in water right in sd bay?


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          Alice Q Aug 1, 2008 04:42 PM

          note posts above, they are available every day (I believe) at Sea Rocket Bistro in North Park! www.searocketbistro.com

        2. re: Alan408
          oerdin Aug 6, 2008 12:07 AM

          Yeah, a lot of the fisherman stop by EB to get tuna and mahi mahi bait. Never thought of eating the bait myself though. ;)

          Edit: I just checked Sea Rocket Bistro's list of suppliers and they list Everingham Brothers' Bait Co. My guess is they get their live local sardines from EB.

          Follow this link then click "view a larger map" and you'll see EB listed on their supplier list: http://www.searocketbistro.com/food-map

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          sylny Jul 13, 2008 05:27 PM

          Japanese food stores sometimes have fresh sardines. I believe I've seen them in Mitsuwa Marketplace in Kearny Mesa from time to time--but check it out.

          1. foodiechick Jul 8, 2008 10:16 PM

            I was going to post searocket as well http://searocketbistro.com, and there is a little french bistro in La Jolla on Girard named "my place" that many Europeans favor (not sure if they are local or not).

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              Alice Q Jul 9, 2008 12:57 PM

              Searocket does indeed have good grilled sardines - but this post is eight years old! Still love Zuni though...

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                foodiechick Jul 9, 2008 01:51 PM

                Ha! just noticed that. I think I commented because there was a post that revived it before me that has since been removed (think they worked for sea rocket) ;-)

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              Melanie Wong Oct 23, 2000 02:35 AM

              In some ways, you're in luck because sardines have returned to the Calif. coast. However, the summer season for the biggest ones off Monterey Bay is pretty much over. The southern Calif. season doesn't start until Dec/Jan, I think. A couple years ago I was able to get some from a broker for a southern Italian dish we needed to make.

              If you can find fresh sardines, there's nothing to grilling them yourself, since they're best with skin and guts intact. Brush with a bit of oil and pop 'em on the grill whole. Add a little kosher salt and pepper if you like, then everyone rubs off the heads, skin, bones and guts themselves. Then you can can eat them over the grill and hose yourselves off afterwards.

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                durham Oct 23, 2000 04:29 PM

                Many thanks for your note, Melanie. Do have a source for the fresh sardines in the San Diego area? Do you remember finding them at a restaurant? If you're right about Dec/Jan kicking off the season, I suppose that's really not too long to hold my breath!

                1. re: durham
                  Melanie Wong Oct 25, 2000 03:32 AM

                  Sorry, I can't be of much help since I'm in San Francisco. We needed 10 lbs. for our party, so I called the fish brokers in the yellow pages. Some of them required a 30# minimum. They weren't easy to find either, a day by day thing depending on what the boats bring in. Seems like a side-line catch when the boats are out for other things.

                  I've had grilled fresh sardines at Zuni Cafe in SF, when in season, try it your next visit. A little closer than Provence . . .

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                    durham Oct 25, 2000 12:18 PM

                    Many thanks, Melanie. Zuni it is!

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                      John_Z Oct 29, 2000 03:09 PM

                      On October 28 I saw sardines at the "Seafood Warehouse" super market in El Monte. A long ways from San Diego, but apparently they are available.

                      This Chinese market on Rosemead, south of Garvey has a lot of things one doesn't see at Ralphs. Need a barrel of live frogs?

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