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Feb 29, 2012 08:09 PM

Fresh/Whole anchovies??

Anyone know where I can find fresh/whole anchovies in the metro area? Not pickled/marinated/ect, just fresh and whole. Thanks!

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  1. Seem like I have seen them at Coastal, if not they might know where you can get them. Lately they haven't been as helpful as they have been in the past.

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    1. re: ibew292

      Coastal has frozen sardines .... I've yet to find them fresh here in town.

    2. Frozen at Coastal. Fish of this size/quality don't last long or travel well and as a result are most often frozen. Fresh smelt, not the same in any way, are none the less a delicious local alternative. Because they're fished seasonally, you'll most often find them frozen as well. A smelt fry is a great food ritual that should be experienced at least once. Smelt fishing, if you're at all inclined is also a fun time.