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Best fresh shrimp--Where to get?

We are in Mt. Washington; I am thinking of Bristol Farms in S. Pas. Any better ideas? What to look for and avoid (farmed, etc) would be helpful, too.

I want to try Ina Garten's roasted shrimp.


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      1. re: ipsedixit

        I get all my fish and shrimp from Seafood Paradise, but I think their frozen defrosted shrimp are farmed.

        They also have live Santa Barbara spot prawns in a tank, but I have not yet bought them because of the high price.

        1. re: suvro

          I bought 3 lbs of those giant, thrashing, live (wild-caught) SB suckers from Seafood Paradise for Mother's Day (my mom prefers live seafood to carnations) and took them home in a cooler with sea water they gave us from the holding tank...

          - Best darn shrimp I've had all year. We had a blast eating them.

          1. re: J.L.

            Awesome! Were they around $20/lb?
            How did you prepare them?

            1. re: suvro

              They were $22.99 per lb., as I recall.

              We prepared them in 5 different ways over 2 days:
              -Sashimi shrimp tail (we tempura-fried the heads)
              -Steamed (my personal favorite, as all the great flavors in the shrimp head are concentrated)

      2. You're not that far away from Fish King in Glendale. Great selection....always very fresh.

        1. Fish King has only frozen shrimp , defrosted. Great fresh fish selection.

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          1. re: miwine

            Wow....that surprises me. But that's for the info.

            1. re: perk

              i'm not sure why this surprises you. it's my understanding unless you see them swimming, or alive when hauled off a boat, they're frozen right on the boat after they're caught. at least in this country.
              once shrimp die, they don't last too long, i think, so unless they're kept alive, you might not want them.
              i'm happy to be corrected on this.

            1. re: Servorg

              Servorg- is LA Fish Co open to the public? Everything about it looks wholesale...

                  1. re: Servorg

                    whoa! check out those hours! I guess if I miss the San Pedro market I can just go straight there.

            2. I've been buying my Copper River from Bristol Farms....guaranteed fresh. All the other recommendations on this thread are fine. I've heard great things about LA Fish Company but have yet to try them. I would avoid anything farm raised...bleh.

              1. I've been getting my whole fish these days from Island Pacific on Vermont- the quality of the fish is high, thought the provenance is unknown, and their prices are good. They had head-on, good sized shrimp the other day in the $4-5/lb range. I took some home, figuring to try them out cautiously given the low price, and make shrimp cocktail, peel and eats with chinese sausage, and a shrimp gumbo and they were honestly delicious- sweet, perfect shrimp, and the heads and shells make one hell of a stock.
                I've been dying to try out this Seafood Paradise, but Rosemead is a hike from Silver Lake and Island Pacific subs in well enough on a weeknight.

                1. I don't really recommend Santa Monica Seafood, but a couple weeks ago they put a fresh batch of Santa Barbara spotted prawns - and they were still alive.

                  I think that's rare, but at least it shows the possibility they can have very fresh SB prawns (which are world-renown).

                  Also, some of the Asian supermarkets often have live seafood. The Shun Fat Superstore in El Monte has tanks the size of hot tubs (width, not height) filled with live fish. Pretty sure I saw more than one kind of shrimp there, as well as crabs, etc. Fun experience if you've never been.

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                  1. re: foodiemahoodie

                    Seafood Paradise always has live Santa Barbara spot prawns in tanks. Evey time I have been there. Around $21/lb.

                    1. re: suvro

                      Do they have good Uni too ??????

                      1. re: suvro

                        A quick link to my post on Seafood Paradise from 2012:


                        1. re: J.L.

                          That looks great. I've never been. Now on my must do soon list.

                          Maybe a visit to Sea Harbor, and then here to get something interesting. A nice mid-day trip.


                          (I was going to check it out, but I went to Shun Fat first and just ran out of time.)

                      2. re: foodiemahoodie

                        The wild Mexican shrimp I got from sm seafood were quite tasty.

                      3. LA Fish Company in downtown. But you have to go in the mornings as they close early. Great prices to boot.