Best Place to Buy Fish in Culver City?
- mrkinla2 Apr 29, 2013 12:33 PM
Any great places to buy fresh fish for home prep in Culver City? I'm looking for a step above what's usually offered at TJ's. I typically drive down to El Segundo and visit the Bristol Farms or Whole Foods there; the Bristol Farms in particular has excellent fish, and I've been very happy with it, but I don't always feel like making the trip down there. If I'm feeding 4 or more, I'll usually buy it from Costco, but I'd love to hear of a local spot. Would love it if Surfas put in a fresh fish counter.
I haven't tried the seafood at Sprouts because, overall, I'm not impressed with the quality of their prepared foods (this doesn't necessarily mean they don't have good fresh fish, though). I'm willing to pay what good seafood costs, so it's not so much about cheap as it is really, really fresh and good.
The only source of fresh seafood in Culver City that I've found is the fishmonger at the Tuesday Farmer's Market in downtown CC. He comes up from San Pedro and has a good selection of very fresh and good fish and shrimp. But his scale has a bit of a problem as I have noticed a significant disparity in his scale vs mine. Keep an eye on him. I've never had a problem with the quality - only the weight - my 1/2 pound of hamachi weighed 4 oz when I got home.
Agreed this guy's fish truck is the best option for fish in CC, although the buying experience is sort of like doing maritime business with the Sopranos. Would not be a bit surprised if his scale had calibration issues. OTOH, the fish is exquisitely fresh and well cared for. They even give you a small block of ice to keep it cold on your trip home. The price is only slightly less than an upscale fish market, but he really seems to be the only game in town.
The proprietor is also, inexplicably, very popular with the ladies.
On a non-Tuesday, sorry to say your best bet is probably to brave the traffic over to Santa Monica Seafood.
I was talking to a worker at the fish counter at the Whole Foods on 3rd and Fairfax. He said they have the highest turnover of any WF store in the LA area