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Where to buy Octopus (Large tentacles) in the Bay area

jlally Jul 19, 2013 07:00 PM

I've been tasked with creating an octopus dish for a Greek-themed dinner but don't know the best place to go or order for the main ingredient. I'm based in the South Bay - any advise?

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    sydthekyd Jul 26, 2013 07:42 PM

    Mi Tierra here in West Berkeley had fresh today for $4.99/lb (the small ones were $2.99).

    1. Melanie Wong Jul 22, 2013 08:48 PM

      How's the search going?

      My brother says he has seen whole large octopi at Neto's Market in Santa Clara.

      I was in Ranch 99 in Fremont today and it has frozen octopi of many sizes, mostly cooked. But it does have whole large raw octopi from the Philippines as show in this photo.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong
        jlally Aug 1, 2013 07:59 PM

        The search ended up successful, although through a bit of luck. Mitsuwa had the tentacle to which you refer, but at $20.00+ a pound - Yikes! I did find baby (2.99/lb) and mid size at Mi Pueblo (4.99/lb) so I tried the baby but they were not what I wanted for a result. Finally, after calling around I found a small place in the Portugese neighborhood of San Jose that had 3 lb ones at 2.99/pound. They worked out great! I recommend checking the place out - it's L and F Fish Market (1448 E Santa Clara St). It's a small store that probably has a larger selection of bacalhau than I've seen outside of Porto, along with other imported canned items from Portugal. I'll be using them again

        1. re: jlally
          Melanie Wong Aug 4, 2013 11:36 AM

          Terrific! I keep meaning to take a walk through that neighborhood for some Portuguese sleuthing but always get sidetracked by something else when I'm nearby. I am curious what dish you made with the octopus.

      2. Candice Jul 21, 2013 11:30 AM

        Sun Fat had them a few weeks ago, you have to buy the whole tentacle though. They are helpful on the phone if you call.

        1. Robert Lauriston Jul 20, 2013 11:13 AM

          Frozen, 99 Ranch. Some people freeze it anyway to tenderize it. Probably Lion Super as well.

          Fresh, try Mitsuwa, Hankook, Marukai, Nijiya.


          1. Melanie Wong Jul 19, 2013 07:13 PM

            Have you checked Mitsuwa in San Jose?

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            1. re: Melanie Wong
              Melanie Wong Jul 21, 2013 08:29 PM

              I was at Mitsuwa today and looked for octopus. The refrigerated seafood counter had already cooked giant tentacles to make tako sushi, two types, one from China and one from Japan. I looked in the frozen seafood area too, but no octopus there.

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