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Where to Buy Monkfish in LA

djquinnc May 23, 2012 09:12 AM

I have been to various fishmongers and farmers markets, but have yet to find a place to purchage monkfish to cook at home. Any leads would be greatly appreciated.


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    ebethsdad RE: djquinnc May 23, 2012 10:04 AM

    The Galleria, a Korean supermarket in Northridge on Devonshire and Reseda, has whole monkfish tails. They aren't skinned, but the quality is excellent. The Fish King, on Glendale Ave in Glendale, often has monkfish filets.

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      Galen RE: ebethsdad Aug 29, 2012 12:03 AM

      Please don't purchase monk fish from the Galleria in Northridge. I bought one today and even tipped the fish monger for fileting and de-boning it. The fish was real rank. It stunk bad.

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        Galen RE: Galen Aug 29, 2012 04:30 PM

        Tried to return the monkfish today and the manager gave us a bad time like we were pulling a number on him. He finally gave us a voucher instead of cash back. The place is disappointing.

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          ebethsdad RE: Galen Sep 4, 2012 12:03 AM

          I am so sorry for recommending it. My experience was 180 degrees opposite. Very fresh and delicious. I used the skin and bones for stock.

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      bad nono RE: djquinnc May 23, 2012 12:02 PM

      Most Korean supermarkets should have it, some of them have them whole - I think I saw a whole one with the head at Assi in Koreatown recently. The Galleria supermarket on Western & Olympic (in the basement of the mall) have monkfish tails all the time, both imported and domestic. Assi has better quality seafood than Galleria, and more choice.
      If you got o a market that sells them whole, ask for the cheeks , because monkfish cheeks are delicious.

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        Clyde RE: djquinnc May 23, 2012 05:10 PM

        Can I just tag onto this and ask where do you find Mackerel? I'm assuming a Korean Market? It's in all my favorite Korean joints but never at Fish King, or the FMs.

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          bulavinaka RE: Clyde May 23, 2012 05:16 PM

          Mackerel is probably hard to find outside of Korean and other Asian markets because the demand for fresh mackerel outside of Asian cuisine is comparatively low and mackerel doesn't keep for long.

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            Servorg RE: Clyde May 23, 2012 05:25 PM

            Check Nijiya or Granada Market (both on Sawtelle - plus Nijiya has at least one other location) or Mitsuwa or Marukai (as well as the Korean markets).

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              bulavinaka RE: Servorg May 23, 2012 05:28 PM

              The Nijiya off Crenshaw in Torrance is a great place, as is the Mitsuwa on Western. Marukai on Artesia (the original warehouse store) is hee-yuge and has everything one could ask for.

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              ebethsdad RE: Clyde May 23, 2012 08:24 PM

              99 Ranch has it. Also check Mitsuwa (you can get ramen at Santouka for a fringe benefit).

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                Galen RE: ebethsdad Sep 4, 2012 07:14 AM

                I go to the Ranch 99 in Van Nuys and have never seen it there. I've been keep an eye out too. Which Ranch did you see it at?

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                bad nono RE: Clyde May 25, 2012 11:16 PM

                I was at the Koreatown Galleria today and they had fresh mackerel from Sweden.

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                AlkieGourmand RE: djquinnc May 25, 2012 10:41 PM

                Although I'm not a big fan of Santa Monica Seafood, I have bought good monkfish there.

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                  bruinike RE: djquinnc Sep 3, 2012 06:43 PM

                  They have it at Santa Monica Seafood & Co.

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                    maudies5 RE: bruinike Sep 8, 2012 08:02 PM

                    I also saw it at SM Seafood today. It looked very fresh. Having said that, I bought the wild N.Z. John
                    Dory. It was incredibly delicious.

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                      stever70 RE: bruinike Sep 10, 2012 03:19 PM

                      SM Seafood is pretty much the single best seafood outlet for anything in L.A., although be on the lookout for a new place called Santa Barbara Seafood appearing at Melrose and La Cienega in November -- run by the guys who sell at the Hollywood Farmers' Market on Sundays.

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                      Clyde RE: djquinnc Sep 3, 2012 06:53 PM

                      had a great piece of monkfish from the fish truck that goes to the hollywood, pasadena, and weho farmers markets this weekend.

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                        George RE: Clyde Sep 4, 2012 10:47 AM

                        That's Pete and his business West Coast Seafood. He doesn't have monkfish every week, you should call ahead and see if he can/will bring it. But whenever he has it, I buy some and it's always amazing quality.


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                        chris1621 RE: djquinnc Sep 8, 2012 04:50 PM

                        The Original Fish Company in Los Alamitos. They also have some of the best clam chowder!

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