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Where to buy fish in Raleigh?

Procrastibaker Sep 6, 2013 02:49 PM

Hi all. Where can I buy good fish in Raleigh? Went to Whole Foods and it was terrible. Got some good head-on shrimp at the farmer's market. Any other spots to recommend?

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    Erika RollerGirl Sep 6, 2013 05:45 PM

    You might want to check out Locals Seafood. They are at a handful of farmer's markets each week. The quality of their fish is quite good and fresh. http://localsseafood.com/markets/

    1. meatn3 Sep 6, 2013 05:49 PM

      Saltwater Seafood and Earps Seafood are both very good. They are run by different branched of the Earps family.

      Saltwater is a mile or so south of I-440.
      Earps is a mile or so south of downtown and north of I-40.


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      1. re: meatn3
        Tehama Sep 8, 2013 04:15 AM

        I was going to recommend Saltwater, too. Plus - you can get the best fried trout sandwich of your life at the little kitchen grill inside.

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        jnwall Sep 11, 2013 11:13 AM

        You might also want to check out Core Sound Seafood, a community supported fishery program, here:


        Their goal is to "connect the fishermen of Down East Carteret County, North Carolina to a viable, local market."

        Core Sound Seafood works like a CSA, providing "regular deliveries of fish and other seafood, chiefly from Carteret County fishermen," but also from "regional, small-scale fishermen in Georgia, South Carolina or Virginia."

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          sierrarot328i Sep 12, 2013 08:41 AM

          Have you tried Chinese supermarkets in the area?

          Grand Asia in Cary and A&C in Raleigh/Garner

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            Westy Sep 16, 2013 10:24 AM

            There is also Sea (or maybe Ocean) depot in Cary. It is run by a Taiwanese couple. Good and fresh. Not always a huge selection. Good prices.

            1. re: Westy
              ToothTooth Sep 16, 2013 11:09 AM

              I always wonder about the fresh seafood in the local Asian markets. Given the relatively inexpensive prices of most items on display, it seems that most of the fish is sourced from Asian waters and then shipped halfway around the world to our area markets.

              For many reasons, I'm leery about fish shipped here from Asian markets so I'm never tempted to purchase any of the seafood from our local Asian groceries.

              1. re: ToothTooth
                sierrarot328i Sep 16, 2013 11:56 AM

                Taken from grand Asia. Give it a try.

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                  ToothTooth Sep 16, 2013 12:22 PM

                  I'd sooner eat the southern end of a northbound skunk than to eat shrimp from Asia.



                  1. re: ToothTooth
                    sierrarot328i Sep 16, 2013 12:39 PM

                    If you're talking specifically about shrimp then fine, drive 3.5 hours to one of those shrimp stands in Beaufort then come back.

                    I'm no seafood expert but I know A&C, Li-Ming's and Grand Asia got some good seafood stuff. Granted, not everything is from the US but just because they are operated by Chinese folks that doesn't mean everything they sell is from foreign waters. Heck, even places like Whole Foods and Fresh Market sell stuff from Vietnam!

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                      ToothTooth Sep 16, 2013 12:48 PM

                      There's plenty of wild-caught NC shrimp to be found in local Triangle seafood markets so I don't need to drive 3.5 hours to the coast unless I'm going to the beach, but thanks for the tip.

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                      meatn3 Sep 16, 2013 02:59 PM


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                        sierrarot328i Sep 16, 2013 06:14 PM

                        I know fish from Asia/South China Sea are not good, due to the Japan tsunami, over fishing and the lack of environmental regulation from governments. Even people from Hong Kong/Taiwan are trying to avoid stuff in their own neck of the woods! As the moon festival/autumn is approaching people start eating the Chinese mitten crab and most would rather buy the crabs from the Netherlands than China!

                        My main gripe is that T.T assumed most of the seafood Grand Asian Market sells is from overseas. While they have a lot of packaged seafood from overseas, I believe the live ones are from here. Check one of the pictues I posted earlier and they have a sign says that they get the fish from Carolina Coast and New York daily. GAM deals with the local farmers quite a bit so I know they are not shady. Therefore I was a little bit offended by some of T.T's remarks.

                        I read meatn3's link and the article specifies seafood from local chain stores. So rather than bad mouthing/avoiding GAM I think we need to be cautious with local stores such as HT, Lowes, FL and Wallyworld and try to buy live ones as much as possible.

                        1. re: sierrarot328i
                          ToothTooth Sep 17, 2013 06:38 AM

                          I never go to Grand Asia Market so I really wouldn't know where their fish comes from. However, I do live very close to Li Ming and Harris Teeter in Durham and I'm very familiar with where their fish is sourced. Go be offended somewhere else.

            2. FuzzyT Sep 18, 2013 09:01 AM

              I'll second the recommendations for the Earp family establishments (Earp's and Saltwater), as well as Locals Seafood at the farmer's markets.

              The thing I love about both of these is their focus on fresh, local seafood. You can find the real catch from the NC coast and learn to cook it. Some will be familiar: flounder, mackerel, shad, etc., but much of it may be new to you. Buy what's fresh and looks good. You're in for a treat, and can often find very good fish at really great prices. Sign up for the Saltwater e-mail newsletter for the weekly specials.


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