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Where do you buy your fish?

Chinon00 Sep 10, 2012 04:19 PM

I've fallen for this simple mustard-roasted fish recipe. But it hinges on the quality of the fish (duh). I've purchased fish from my neighborhood Pathmark and its been hit or miss.
So where do you buy your fish? I live in the Mt. Airy section of the city, but will travel.


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    Unkle Al Sep 11, 2012 09:51 AM

    I live in the suburbs so I do not have the options that city folks have.

    Although their fish and seafood selections are expensive and pretty limited I am also a fan of Whole Foods. I am sorry that they no longer have tanks with live lobster or sell live soft shell crabs.

    I also like Costco because I believe that their standards are high.

    Not too far from where I live is a privately owned fish market called Hellers Seafood and they are my favorite place to buy fish but are not real close by so I usually end up at Whole Foods or Costco.

    Concerning Asian markets, certainly their live fish are fresh as can be. But, with respect to their frozen seafood items and farmed fish from Asia, I always think about whether the fish come from polluted waters or question the conditions of their fish farms.

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      arepo Sep 11, 2012 10:27 AM

      I agree with Unkle Al about Costco and Whole Foods and would add Wegman's as well.

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        Bashful3 Sep 12, 2012 11:28 AM

        I'd agree with those three. I wouldn't hesitate to buy fish at Costco.

        Re fish from China, my local market persists in carrying tilapia from China.
        They and other markets must show the country of origin on pre-packaged fish.
        I would never buy fish from China! The fish looks lovely, but it's the country that is
        suspect, and not worth the lower price IMO.

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      rsgdmd Sep 10, 2012 05:31 PM

      Many Asian markets have really fresh fish - H Mart in Cheltenham, Spring Garden Market, etc You can purchase fish from Samuels and Sons, who supply most restaurants in town. Certain things have minimum orders, but we've gotten whole red snapper there.

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        arepo Sep 11, 2012 07:32 AM

        Simple. Whole Foods

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          cwdonald Sep 11, 2012 07:38 AM

          Be careful of some of the fish from HMart.. much of this is coming from China, and is of dubious quality.

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          Philly Ray Sep 10, 2012 04:42 PM

          Ippolito's in South Philly (13th & Dickinson Sts.)

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            Chinon00 Sep 10, 2012 05:09 PM

            Thanks. Went to their site. Is their sushi good btw? And have you had the scallop crudo with grapefruit? Looks great.

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              Philly Ray Sep 10, 2012 05:49 PM

              They have only recently begun offering sushi/crudo and I haven't tried it. But, to be honest, I'm not sure there is really a market for it there. They are my go to for raw seafood and some cooked items, but I don't see myself trying the sushi. Maybe someone else needs to be the guinea pig.

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                Bigley9 Sep 11, 2012 04:48 PM

                I have tried the crudo and depending on who is making it it can be very good - sorry I don't know names but the male staff are better than the woman who has made it for me

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