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Good fishmonger / Seafood Market near Downtown/Echo Park/Silver Lake

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I've been struggling to find a reliable source for fresh seafood on the east side near where I live. I know there has got to be some good places out there, but so far I haven't found one that I can depend upon all the time.

I work on the west side near Marina del Rey, so sometimes I hit Whole Foods during lunch, or the Culver City farmers market on Tuesdays on my way home. They sometimes have what I'm looking for, but I would love to find something closer to home. I would be especially amazed if I could find a market that carries sustainable seafood.

I've checked out Japantown, but I haven't been completely impressed with what I've seen. There are likely places in Koreatown somewhere, but I have no idea where to start.

Any suggestions?

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  1. fish king in glendale, a little pricey though

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/fish-king-gle...

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    1. re: ns1

      i adore fish king. you may also want to hit up the silverlake saturday farmers market, there is a fish vendor there every week. you may also want to try the saturday hollywood market as well. lots of options there, from the fish truck in the center to the oyster vendors and seafood vendors with live lobsters, crabs, etc.

      1. re: Clyde

        great smoked salmon from the fish vendor @ HFM

        1. re: Clyde

          I don't recall ever seeing a fish vendor at the silver lake farmers market on saturday. i'm there often. i've bought some good seafood from the various seafood vendors at the hollywood sunday market. but would be great if i could find a mid-week option as well.

          are there any fish vendors at any of the weekday farmers markets on the east side?

          1. re: brian j

            the fish vendor in silverlake is next to the coffee guys, in the corner of the market. they sell from coolers. it's not cheap but it's good quality. they also sell at atwater FM and i think also the melrose market on sundays but i'm not positive about that. an even better fish vendor is on sunday at larchmont market but that may be too far. i like them b/c they have smoked fish spreads- usually salmon or trout. it's really good.

            1. re: Clyde

              oh ya. now i remember seeing them. i've never gotten anything from them... as for larchmont, if it's good i'm willing to travel, and more able to on the weekends. especially where smoked fish is involved.

        2. re: ns1

          +1

        3. Santa Monica seafood generally has a nice selection. Seafood Paradise in Rosemead is my favorite though...almost everything is alive in tanks.

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          1. re: carln

            +1 for Seafood Paradise

          2. Fish King was going to be my recommendation also. I've also been happy with the fish I've bought at the Hollywood Farmer's Market. McCall's Meat and Fish on Hillhurst carries sustainable seafood and works with Seafood for the future. They are on the more expensive side though and what they keep in stock at any one time is necessarily more limited than someone like Fish King. Their product is very good though.

            1. J&P West Coast Seafood is an excellent source for fresh fish. They appear at various farmers' markets. I've posted a link to their schedule.

              N.B.: the identified Wednesday Pasadena market occurs only during the summer months.
              http://www.westcoastseafoodsimi.com/L...

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              1. re: Jack Flash

                Ya, that's who I've bought from at the Culver market on Tuesdays. Really good stuff.

                1. re: brian j

                  they have my favorite ceviche!

              2. I recommend Seafood Paradise in Rosemead - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/494642

                and also the seafood section at Woori Market (a Korean supermarket in Little Tokyo, on the corner of 3rd & Alameda

                )

                Avoid: Santa Monica Seafood.

                1. Try McCalls on Hillhurst.

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                  1. re: cls

                    Seafood City 134 Vermont St. L.A.
                    http://seafoodcity.com/pdf/weeklySpec...

                  2. I like Fish King but don't think of it as the be all and end all of LA fishmongers. Pricey and for a fish-focused market their selection can be a little thin.

                    For a value proposition I like Han Nam Chain - the Korean supermarket on Olympic a block and a half west of Vermont. Great selection and great prices. Occasionally Woori Market downtown (the old Mitsuwa) has great fish for cheap but you'll need a discerning eye to navigate their inventory successfully. If you've chosen well usually you'll get a subtle nod of recognition from one of the guys working the counter.

                    1. Mccalls by a landside. Truly excellent quality. Almost everything is sustainable. Nicely portioned and cut. Quite expensive.

                      SeaFever Seafood at the Sunday Hollywood Market is also excellent quality. Cutting and weighing less so but the fish is always superb. Very reasonable for quality.

                      My MIL brings us fish from Santa Monica Seafood and I've actually been quite annoyed at the quality to price ratio.

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                      1. re: JudiAU

                        the one quibble i have with mccalls fish(besides the already mentioned expense) is their portioning. i guess i prefer choosing the size of a piece of fish i want to cook.

                      2. 'A' Grocery Warehouse in Echo Park in inexpensive and has a variety of fresh fish on ice. Some of the filleted fish sometimes doesn't look too fresh (salmon should be bright pink not dull looking) but they also have some live fish so one can hardly claim that this applies to everything they sell. They will only accept credit and debit cards for $25 dollars or more (which is against credit card rules but I have not reported them lest they stop accepting them altogether.)
                        http://www.yelp.com/biz/a-grocery-war...