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Aug 19, 2012 06:08 PM

locally caught fish

Farm to table seems to be the hot catch phrase......

But us Angelenos live on the ocean as well.

So what locally caught fish should I been enjoying right now and where can I find it.

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  1. Fisherman's Catch in Oxnard.

    International Marine Products

    Los Angeles Fish Co.

    Fish King

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      lovelovelove.....fishermen's catch.
      great place.
      great family.

      1. re: perk

        Happened to be close enough to Oxnard and checked out Fisherman's Catch based on this very thread. Got their "most popular" item which is the captain's combo, as well as some clam chowder which many Yelpers claim is the best ever.

        The captain's combo is fried shrimp/fish/calamari + fries. The fries and shrimp were excellent. The calamari was good but not mind blowing, and the fish was pretty forgettable. The FnC @ Big Wllie's Grill, for instance, owns this place. The tartar sauce felt like smart and final generic (a step down from kirkland if you know what I mean), the cocktail sauce equally generic.

        The clam chowder was pretty good, but very heavy on veggies. Not necessarily a bad thing, but I would have preferred more clam. I mean I would still go to Porto's for their clam's got like 3x as many clams as the version @ Fisherman's Catch.

        They had a bunch of stuff in tanks we didn't feel like right then - live SB prawns @ 25/pound, various local crab from 1.99-3.99/pound. Decent fish selection, only sashimi grade available was tuna. Got some salmon belly for 8.99/pound which we proceeded to turn into salmon belly nuggets.

        Had a few local catches, halibut/shark/swordfish (or something like that). I probably would have had a better experience if I came with more cash - $60 would get you a nice 1.5 pound lobster meal + a pound of SB prawns.

      1. Hollywood Farmer's market has a stand where much of the catch is fresh from the Santa Barbara area - he also has "sister ships" that fly in catchs from Washington. But the local stuff is really good - REAL white sea bass - local halibut and sand dabs. Has live crabs, occassional local scallops, etc. All been very good quality, truly fresh - not cheap, but IMO worth it.

        1. Hollywood Farmer's Market - Sea Fever

          Really excellent salmon, halibut, sea bass, and crabs among others. We get fish there almost every week and the quality has always been impeccable. Price is very fair for the quality. You can easily spend more or less at some of the nicer fisher stores .Prices are about half compared to a place like McCall's, which also has wonderful wild fish.

          My kids gobble up his fish with glee and turn up their nose at most other fish sources.

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          1. re: JudiAU

            haven't bought from sea fever, but i'll check it out. i've been buying for many years from J&P West Coast Fish there and at other farmers markets. their prices have gone up over the years, and you have to be somewhat careful ... all the fish is good, but i've seen them selling "wild" salmon during periods when it's doubtful any is available. but i get the best sword and white sea bass ever from them.

            1. re: FED

              I have had pretty good fish from them over the years but the service and slow line is miserable.

            2. re: JudiAU

              Sea Fever is opening their own seafood shop at La Cienega and Melrose in November. Confirmed yesterday! Will be called Santa Barbara Seafood.

              1. re: stever70

                Are they way better than Santa Monica Seafood, Stever?

                1. re: epop

                  I've only had their stuff at Hollywood Farmer's Market and it's been things you don't typically see at SMS -- live sea urchins, spiny lobsters, Santa Barbara Spot Prawns. At Sea Fever, you're buying from the guy who caught it. I'm sure there will be some overlap, but for those of us in the West Hollywood area, it's a welcome addition and saves us the drive deep into Santa Monica.

                  1. re: stever70

                    the drive into Santa Monica??? There's no quality seafood anymore.

                    Good find, Stever. I hope he can maintain the quality.

              2. If you don't mind driving a bit Pearson's Port, 100 East Coast Highway Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 675-6771 has wonderfully fresh local fish. I believe the wife runs the shop and the husband goes out on the boat. There is a kayak rental/school right next to them if you want to make a day of it.

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                1. re: ebethsdad

                  I second Pearson's Port. The fish is caught fresh and service is friendly.

                  1. re: lil mikey

                    i'll third pearson's port. really nice people. their two main catches: spiny lobsters and spot prawns depending on the season -- are reliably excellent. prices are not low, but they're not extortionate either, which tends to be the two choices for fish markets.