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Fresh Sardines in the San Fernando Valley

fugitiveride Jan 29, 2013 08:21 PM

Anyone seen fresh sardines in the Valley recently? I found some old threads here, but nothing current.

  1. boogiebaby Jan 29, 2013 09:48 PM

    I'd guess Seafood City in North hills would have them.

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      ebethsdad Jan 29, 2013 10:23 PM

      Try the Galleria in Northridge or 99 Ranch in Van Nuys.

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        fugitiveride Jan 30, 2013 07:45 AM

        99 Ranch does not have them. My question is if anyone has actually seen them in person, not places that might have them maybe.

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          boogiebaby Jan 30, 2013 01:31 PM

          Even if we saw them there X weeks ago, they may not carry them anymore, or have them the day you go. Your best bet would be to call and ask before you go.

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            fugitiveride Jan 30, 2013 01:49 PM

            You might be right, but sometimes it can be difficult to communicate with the people on the phone at these places.

            1. re: fugitiveride
              jotfoodie Jan 30, 2013 03:36 PM

              Lost in translation will likely happen at those places.

              Fresh sardines are highly perishable, and they are indeed elusive. Like you, I have been searching for them with no luck, specially in the confines of SFV. You may have to trek outside of the valley to look for them.

              I have found this old thread and hope it will give you a better perspective on what you can expect in Los Angeles. Good luck.


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                Joe Blowe Jan 30, 2013 05:46 PM

                Allow me to add one more link:


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        FED Jan 30, 2013 04:09 PM

        generally speaking, you have to go to Japanese markets to find fresh sardines. For some reason, I've never seen them at a 99 Ranch, but I almost always see them at Mitsuwa or Marukai.

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          bulavinaka May 5, 2013 08:47 PM

          Nijiya is always a great source for fresh seafood. I was at the Torrance store yesterday - didn't see sardines but kibinago was looking excellent.

        2. LATrapp Jan 30, 2013 04:28 PM

          Serious question- Is it safe to buy/eat the sardines out of the live bait in-ocean pens in either Marina del Rey or Oxnard? Has anyone ever done this?

          Not sure I could, but have always thought about it when trying to track down some fresh sardines!

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            jdwdeville Jan 31, 2013 09:56 AM

            From the owner of a VERY famous VERY expensive Italian restaurant when I asked where and how he gets his amazing sardines and fresh anchovies:
            "They're very cheap- I just go down to the docks and buy them from the bait shop"
            You'd eat the fish you caught that ate the bait, right?

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              LATrapp Jan 31, 2013 10:32 AM

              Hah- I believe it. And I wouldn't be surprised if that's where some of the other markets listed in this thread purchase them.

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              bulavinaka May 5, 2013 08:48 PM

              My dad and his buddies used to bring home sardines off the boats.

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              Jack Flash Jan 30, 2013 07:07 PM

              A few times, J&P West Coast Seafood has had them at the Saturday Pasadena farmers' market (albeit not recently). However, they also have a retail shop in Simi Valley. If you don't find anything closer, you could certainly give them a call.


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                ebethsdad May 5, 2013 04:32 PM

                Resurrecting an old thread to mention that the Galleria Market in Northridge had fresh sardines today.

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