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May 24, 2013 05:41 PM


I am becoming increasingly disappointed with the seafood from Lunds/Byerely's and have returned going to Coastal Seafoods.

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  1. Oh oh, I noticed Lunds has BOGO Alaska Cod fillets and Steelhead trout right now. Should I rethink my planned shopping trip?


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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      I looked at both of those today. The cod looked dry and tired. I've tried it before and was not impressed. And, at $17 per pound, that flat Steehead is no bargain. Conversely the 2" thick Scottish farmed salmon from Coastal glistens with fatty goodness. They also had some Opa this week that looked like it was just pulled out of the ocean

    2. I have come to the conclusion that Coastal is the only game in town for sea food with the possible exception of Costco if you need to purchase a larger quantity. I will also buy from the Seward Coop. They seem to take nice care of the product and I think they might source alot of it from nearby Coastal.

      1. Whole Foods can also be a good backup to Coastal.

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        1. re: Brad Ballinger

          Kowalski's, too. I've had good success with their seafood.

          1. re: Brad Ballinger

            +1, I've always had very good luck at WF. I also agree with with OP, I also have noticed the quality at Lund's (the only one I shop at is Highland, so I can't speak to seafood quality at the others) going downhill in the last year or so. The fish has looked drier, and the flavor not what it was.

            I wonder if there's been a change in their distributor, or whether the downturn in the economy has slowed fish purchase, so their stock stays around longer (and for some reason they can't or haven't adjusted their order quantity)?

          2. Maybe I was unlucky when I went to Coastal, but the stuff in the case looked like garbage, haven't been back. Not much luck at Lunds either. Got lucky a couple of times at WF Calhoun when they had sole fillets and once WF Edina had a special on some decent Alaskan halibut.
            I'm probably spoiled by years as a chef and many years in Japan, California, and Australia, but i don't find much to like when it comes to seafood in TC. Maybe there isn't the demand to support a top rate fish shop.

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            1. re: steamer

              I'd give Coastal another shot. When I was there last week (Seward location,) their case was glistening with freshness.

            2. Although the thread is about SEAfood, I will say the fresh water fish at Heartland Farm Direct Market always looks good.