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Where to buy seafood?

Where are the best places to buy seafood in the Seattle area? I mean raw ingredients.
And as a follow-up, if the best seafood purveyors overall are not near Bellevue, what are the best places in or near Bellevue?

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  1. I buy my seafood, except smoked salmon, at University Seafood and Poultry. I buy my smoked salmon at Pure Fish.

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    1. re: Lauren

      I buy seafood at Mutual, Uwajimaya, Fresh Fish in Ballard and even occasionally at Met Market but I couldn't agree more about the smoked salmon at Pure Fish. Wow! Absolutely the best in town (any town I've ever been in).

      1. re: cburnsi

        I've bought my smoked wild King salmon at Flying Fish in the Pike Market for years. It's my regular "bring to friends in Paris" item. Very lightly salted, which I prefer. It's my favorite commercially smoked salmon.

        In fairness, I don't remember if I've ever tried Pure Fish. They say on their website their wild smoked is lightly salted, too.

        Incidentally, I try to avoid the word "best." It's way overused, and suggests there is some objective scale in taste. For example, anyone who likes more heavily salted smoked salmon probably would not make Flying Fish or (apparently) Pure Food Fish a ' "best" choice.

        1. re: RandyB

          You should try the smoked salmon at Pure Fish and then report back. Although I'm not the one who said it originally, I feel confident in calling it the best - based on the comments I've received from the people I've introduced it to over the years.

    2. I usually buy seafood at Uwajimaya. I shop the Seattle store but they have one in Bellevue. I find that they are very good for freshness and also pretty good for price. It's one of the few grocery stores where I really trust them to have good seafood.

      Metropolitan Market is also a good place to buy seafood. They have a store in Kirkland. I've had good luck with fin fish and shellfish.

      1. I can't help with Bellevue but in Seattle I like Mutual Fish on Rainier, Uwajimaya (I haven't been to the one on the East side in a while and the last time was there it wasn't as good as the Seattle one.) University Seafood and Poultry in the U District, and the Fresh Fish Company in North Ballard.

        1. My vote's for Fresh Fish Co. in Ballard.

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          1. re: kaleokahu

            Fresh Fish Co. is our favorite. Fresh fish, indeed.
            Take home a crab-cake and some pickled herring.

            1. re: mrnelso

              Yes. Walk in there with your eyes closed and you would not even know it is a fishmonger. That's amazing.

          2. Uwajimaya has decent prices, but my favorite high-end seafood market is Tim's Seafood in Kirkland Parkplace. Everything is impeccably fresh, and they have the biggest diver scallops I've ever seen.

            http://www.timsseafood.com/indexpc.htm