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sirinatsai Feb 23, 2012 08:36 AM

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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    Lauren RE: sirinatsai Feb 23, 2012 09:57 AM

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

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      cburnsi RE: Lauren Feb 29, 2012 08:22 AM

      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).

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        RandyB RE: cburnsi May 18, 2012 09:55 AM

        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.

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          Lauren RE: RandyB May 22, 2012 02:12 PM

          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. knowspicker RE: sirinatsai Feb 23, 2012 10:39 AM

      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.

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        forkit RE: sirinatsai Feb 23, 2012 11:08 AM

        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. kaleokahu RE: sirinatsai Feb 23, 2012 02:07 PM

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

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            mrnelso RE: kaleokahu Feb 29, 2012 05:31 PM

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

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              kaleokahu RE: mrnelso Feb 29, 2012 06:35 PM

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

          2. gmm RE: sirinatsai Feb 23, 2012 04:08 PM

            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

            1. terrier RE: sirinatsai Feb 23, 2012 07:02 PM

              Can't help with the hierarchy of purveyors on the East side, but another vote for Mutual Fish.

              Except... Taylor Shellfish has a retail store in the Melrose Market that's really worth a visit if you're specifically looking for local bivalves (i.e. oysters, clams, mussels, geoduck). (They'll also shuck for you there - and serve beer. No shucking fee during happy hour!) I really like that place.

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                peppermint_sky RE: terrier Feb 25, 2012 07:53 PM

                Now --that is a happy hour. I want to try Taylor now that I have this info... seems like a fun stop to start a night out, then head home with a few friends to cook some fabulous seafood?!

              2. soypower RE: sirinatsai Feb 24, 2012 08:12 AM

                I've been meaning to stop by the new store on Bellevue Way called Fish For Dinner. Anyone been there yet?

                http://www.fishfordinner.com/retail_l...

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                  ethereal RE: soypower Feb 24, 2012 05:40 PM

                  I haven't been, but I don't think that place is new. I remember it was going in when there was a Sprint store next door. I guess it says something if it's still around.

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                    FoodDee RE: ethereal Feb 24, 2012 05:53 PM

                    Its not new though not sure how long its been there. I first went there at least 2 years ago. They have a very large selection of smoked fish - I find their flavor a bit sweeter than what I've bought at the Market. I don't remember the fresh fish selection being very large and not sure if they had any shellfish.

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                  latindancer RE: sirinatsai Mar 1, 2012 07:56 AM

                  Mutual Fish.

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                    eatsshootsandleaves RE: latindancer Apr 27, 2012 10:45 AM

                    Anyone know which of all the above might have some nice fresh sardines? I have a hankering and haven't been able to find in the north-of-seattle dead zone.

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                      acgold7 RE: eatsshootsandleaves Apr 27, 2012 11:30 AM

                      North of Seattle, I'd give Shoreline Central Market a call.

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                        FoodDee RE: eatsshootsandleaves Apr 27, 2012 12:19 PM

                        The only place we could find them last weekend was Uwajimaya in the ID

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                      PAO RE: sirinatsai Apr 27, 2012 01:08 PM

                      The gold standard is University Seafood in North Seattle (a quick but costly run over the 520 bridge into the U District--free parking about a block away) or Mutual Fish in the South (head on over I-90 and go down Rainier Ave South). I bought prawns recently from Met Market because I didn't want to make a separate trip up to the Ave. I regretted it. They tasted of iodine, meaning they were old. You can find some of Seattle's best chefs in either place, buying for their restaurants.

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                        firecracker RE: sirinatsai Apr 27, 2012 04:23 PM

                        Tim's in Kirkland Parkplace (across from the QFC). Impeccably fresh seafood daily.

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                          FoodDee RE: firecracker Apr 27, 2012 08:23 PM

                          Tim's didn't have fresh sardines on Monday - said it was too early.

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                            firecracker RE: FoodDee Apr 27, 2012 09:32 PM

                            What time were you there? Hit at opening and take your chances. Did you call to determine availability? Tim's is doggone great - not infallible but neither is any place else in town!

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                              FoodDee RE: firecracker Apr 28, 2012 10:36 AM

                              Did call - by too early, I think he was talking about season since I called in the afternoon.

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                                firecracker RE: FoodDee Apr 28, 2012 12:53 PM

                                Could be too early in the season, FoodD. Did you find fresh ones anywhere else?

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                                  FoodDee RE: firecracker Apr 30, 2012 04:22 PM

                                  They had them at Uwajimaya in the ID

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                          Cheesehugger RE: sirinatsai May 3, 2012 09:42 PM

                          For a small, but excellent selection of very fine, very fresh catch and prepared and frozen items at good prices, I go to Gemini Fish on Gilman Blvd. in Issaquah. Bought some fresh very lovely (and tasty) Alaskan Sockeye Salmon for last Saturday night dinner. They always try to have BFCs (Big Fat Crabs) - yum.

                          Also like to buy at Uwajimaya Bellevue. I never buy in regular supermarkets.

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