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