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Hogfish in Broward County?

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SouthFloridaFoodNerd Mar 9, 2012 05:56 PM

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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    tpigeon Mar 10, 2012 02:31 AM

    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. CFByrne Mar 10, 2012 05:32 AM

      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. CFByrne Mar 15, 2012 05:23 AM

        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. johnmlinn Mar 23, 2012 05:48 AM

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

          http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/2012-03-08/restaurants/here-s-why-florida-seafood-restaurants-fill-menus-with-foreign-fish/
          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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            CFByrne Mar 23, 2012 06:08 AM

            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...

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              CFByrne Mar 23, 2012 06:13 AM

              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
              freakerdude Mar 23, 2012 07:46 AM

              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?

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                johnmlinn Mar 26, 2012 06:19 AM

                Unsure, that would be interesting to find out.

            3. CFByrne Mar 23, 2012 09:50 AM

              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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                Fineas Aug 23, 2012 12:33 PM

                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. CFByrne Aug 23, 2012 08:05 AM

                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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                  SouthFloridaFoodNerd Aug 24, 2012 12:42 PM

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

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                    CFByrne Aug 24, 2012 01:23 PM

                    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.

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                      SouthFloridaFoodNerd Aug 25, 2012 07:54 AM

                      good for them, bad for me. :)

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