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Hogfish in Broward County?

Where can I find hogfish on the menu in Broward County? I know Marumi has it once in a while, but it hasn't been in a while and I'd really like to try this fish!

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  1. I don't know about broward, but if you get desperate, Alta Mare has it on their menu in South Beach. I would call and reserve it just in case (depends how much the fisherman catches daily). They serve it with an Uni sauce and it is awesome.

    1. An old John Linn review of Seafood World (Lighthouse Point) market and restaurant mentions Hogfish for sale as filets...

      So a look at their menu reveals - viola -

      Hog Snapper Francaise (when available) $30.95
      ...
      Stuffed Hog Snapper (when available) $34.95

      http://seafood-world.com/sites/defaul...

      1. If you have a trip to the Keys in your future, I just came across this place on the net:

        Chef Michael's Islamorada

        http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.ph...

        Their motto: "Peace, Love and Hogfish".

        Recent status update: "Just Caught" Hogfish, Yellowtail, Pompano & Mutton Tonight.

        1. This is why you are finding less and less local fish on Florida menus (two part series):

          http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/2012-...
          http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/2012-...

          To corroborate, a local restaurateur recently told me inspectors visit his restaurant up to 3 times per month trying to catch him with "illegal" local fish. The fine? $5000 minimum for your first offense.

          The law purports safety, but there's big business and lobbyists behind this, to be sure. It's a shame you can't find fish that swim off the coast on menus in our own state.

          That said *some* local eateries are still doing hogfish from time to time. Seafood World is one place in Broward that occasionally has it, but that may be the only place these days. If you're willing to drive to Palm Beach, Hog Snappers in Jupiter has it often. I used to find hogfish at Sushi Simon in Boyton, Jimmie's Bistro in Delray Beach, and you'll occasionally see it at Sushi Bon in Lantana.

          I can't speak to Dade, but in the Keys, you will most definitely find hogfish at Keys Fisheries on Marathon. That place alone is worth the 2 hour drive, to say nothing of the rest of the Marathon.

          Good luck!

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          1. re: johnmlinn

            Just as this post came in, my sister (who's lived in Key Largo for 20+ years and is in Delray visiting) said "I just had Hogfish yesterday".

            So for the Keys, she said this local's hangout is excellent, generous fillet and very reasonable prices.

            Sharkey's in Key Largo (Oceanside OFF US1 near MM 100 area)

            http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

            1. re: CFByrne

              Also often available at Snapper's in Key Largo, MM 94.5 oceanside.

              I am told by very reliable source that Hogfish "Dakota" gets raves virtually without exception from all who order it.

            2. re: johnmlinn

              They get inspected three times a month? I have heard from 2 separate sources that a place in north Palm Beach county was fined for substituting out fish. I searched myfloridalicense but have found nothing about it. Is this violation a public record?

              1. re: freakerdude

                Unsure, that would be interesting to find out.

            3. On a slightly related note... local South Florida fisherman have been cleaning up on Cobia in recent weeks.

              So if you see it on a Specials Menu - might be a good time to check it out.

              On a similar note to Hogfish, these are generally not widely available - as they're caught basically one at a time - not conducive to commerical fishing operations. That's my understanding, anyway.

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              1. re: CFByrne

                Cobia are not easily caught by commercial fishing operations, but they are farmable. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquacult... So when you see cobia on a menu, it is not necessarily wild or local.

              2. Just posted on Calypso's Facebook page:

                "Wahoo, Yelowfin Tuna, and Hog Snapper(Fish), just delivered."

                10:30AM Thurs Aug 23

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                1. re: CFByrne

                  awesome! maybe i can get there this weekend. I still haven't encountered any (and can't get down to the Keys).

                  1. re: SouthFloridaFoodNerd

                    Sadly, Calypso is open Mon to Fri only.

                    It's simply a decision the owners made a few years back when they changed from two couples owning/running the place to a single couple.

                    They have a very successful weekday lunch and dinner business, and they want to have a life on the weekend.