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I recently moved to the Southlake area and I am having trouble finding fresh fish (to prepare at home, not a restaurant). Most people say Central Market but I bought some fish there a couple of times and it didn't smell fresh. Any ideas? Believe it or not, I've had good luck with Costco for Tilapia and Salmon but I just don't need that kind of quantity.

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  1. If you have a Wholefoods near you, try them.

    Or better yet, grab an ice chest with some freezer bags and head over to Dallas to either of the two TJ's seafood markets.
    http://www.tjsseafood.com/

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    1. re: twinwillow

      I will try that but I must say that on one occasion I have been to a TJs market and the shrimp I bought tasted like chlorine so I never went back. I don't even drink chlorinated water so obviously I did not like that at all. Maybe I will try again but stay away from the shrimp just in case.
      ON SECOND THOUGHT I BELIEVE I WAS AT REX's SEAFOOD NOT TJ's.

    2. As mush as I hate it I make the trip to TJ's down from Lewisville. It just doesn't get any better.

      I have stopped recommending Sea Breeze after several meals in which either the fish was not the best or the shellfish had problems. I did not write any bad press nor talk to the manager. I just stopped doing any business there.

      I would take Super H Mart with a grain of salt. I go by the addage if the place smells like bad fish when you enter it probably won't get any better at the fish counter.

      I think it is suprising there is not a fish market in either Grapevine, Colleyville or Southlake. The demographics are ripe for it.

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      1. re: LewisvilleHounder

        Yes, I'm surprised too. According to my neighbors there used to be a market in Southlake but it shut down....I haven't really checked in Colleyville so I will do that. I will check out TJ's. Also, what about Eatzi's? I saw they had some limited amount of fish & seafood and it didn't smell bad when I walked in :) but really not familar with that chain.

        1. re: LewisvilleHounder

          I was also wary about Super H Mart but what kind of place sells fish that don't smell like fish? Even alive the fish smell so this is why that store stinks. That being said I don't buy there anymore because of concerns about the conditions the animals are raised in, assuming the worst because of the low prices. Certainly their prices can't be beat that i have seen.

        2. TJ's.

          1. TJ's! And if you are in the Artizone delivery area you can get it through them and not make the drive!

            1. TJ's Seafood. Hands down, the best in Dallas!
              Two locations to choose from.
              Their market (only) at Preston Forest and their market/restaurant on Oak Lawn in Highland Park.
              http://www.tjsseafood.com/

              1. TJ's or Rex's both have great fish. Now if you have great fish picking skills you can also go to Super H mart on 35 & GB. They will normally have a couple of fish that are great and others so so..

                1. I've had bad luck with the fish from the southlake central market a couple times, along with some other items.

                  Try the Fort Worth Central Market location. I've never had bad/smelly fish from there. They've got great turnover on all their products. The manager told me it's one of the busiest Central Markets in North Texas, so thats a plus for buying seafood from somewhere.

                  On the weekends you have to get a "ticket" with a number and wait a little wait for your number to be called. I always ask them, "whats the freshest fish that you've got?", or "what has just been flown in?" Plus I always ask to smell the fish beforehand, which even the fishmonger replied, "you know, you don't see people ask this as much as they should!"

                  But yeah, T.J.'s for sure. If you've got a Facebook I would "like" their page on there for updates on fresh flown in fish, sales, and dinner specials.

                  1. I don't know why the stores around here (like Central Market) which probably get decent fresh fish flown in, ruin it by placing hundreds of pounds in the display cabinet where is sits for hours getting spoiled. Having just returned from Hawaii, I was reminded about how the good fishmongers place just a small amount on display - directly on ice.

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                    1. re: stratpilot

                      That's exactly the way the fish is displayed at TJ's Seafood in Dallas and Sea Breeze in Plano.
                      http://www.tjsseafood.com/
                      http://www.seabreezefish.com/

                      However lately, I've been preferring the seafood being sold at Whole Food's.