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Best fresh shrimp--Where to get?

Babette Jun 24, 2012 11:41 AM

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.


  1. ipsedixit Jun 24, 2012 11:54 AM

    Seafood Paradise in Rosemead.

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    1. re: ipsedixit
      J.L. Jun 24, 2012 04:13 PM

      Ibid ipse.

      1. re: ipsedixit
        suvro Jun 24, 2012 09:10 PM

        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
          J.L. Jun 24, 2012 09:25 PM

          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.
            suvro Jun 25, 2012 02:44 PM

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

            1. re: suvro
              J.L. Jun 25, 2012 04:33 PM

              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. perk Jun 24, 2012 12:56 PM

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

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          miwine Jun 24, 2012 07:51 PM

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

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            perk Jun 24, 2012 10:34 PM

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

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              linus Jun 25, 2012 07:58 AM

              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.

          2. Servorg Jun 25, 2012 06:38 AM

            Another good place: http://www.lafishco.com/index.php

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              jdwdeville Jun 25, 2012 07:58 AM

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

              1. re: jdwdeville
                Servorg Jun 25, 2012 07:59 AM

                They have a retail area.

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                  Servorg Jun 25, 2012 08:02 AM

                  See here: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/gOPSa_...

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                    jdwdeville Jun 26, 2012 09:15 AM

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

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              latindancer Jun 25, 2012 07:08 AM

              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.

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                jdwdeville Jun 25, 2012 08:02 AM

                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.

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                  foodiemahoodie Mar 24, 2014 08:28 PM

                  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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                    suvro Mar 24, 2014 09:12 PM

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

                    1. re: suvro
                      kevin Mar 24, 2014 10:19 PM

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

                      1. re: suvro
                        J.L. Mar 24, 2014 11:29 PM

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


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                          foodiemahoodie Mar 25, 2014 01:31 AM

                          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
                        ns1 Mar 24, 2014 11:12 PM

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

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                        TailbackU Mar 26, 2014 03:03 PM

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

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