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Does anybody know where I can get high quality caviar in OC - preferably in Costa Mesa, Irvine, Fullerton or nearby. Looking for a Petrossian like level of quality with options. Price isn't necessarily a factor so would be willing to pay $100 for 1 oz if its legit Oestra. That is the price on the Petrossian website.

Its for my anniversary and I'd like to do a full service with blinis, creme fraiche, egg, chives, etc... but served at home.

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  1. BevMo is an option.

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    1. re: JAB

      Interesting. I just called Whole Foods and they have sturgeon, whitefish and one other fish. It's $11.99 to $13.99 for an oz.

      SM Seafood only has frozen but can put in orders for fresh caviar which runs like $100 to $130 an oz for golden imperial ossetra. Is this a reasonable price and is this good?

      We aren't necessarily big consumers of caviar but we've enjoyed our experiences. Its a splurge.

    2. Get it delivered from Petrossian or drive up and get it yourself? Probably worth the effort.

      Otherwise, they have a little icebox of caviar at Surfas. You can also get blinis and creme fraiche there. Haven't tried it myself though so I can't vouch for the quality.

      Moscow Deli has some beautiful looking smoked sturgeon and white fish in their counter.

      1. We buy a fair amount of Petrossian at Hi-Time Wine in Costa Mesa. It's very fresh and the retail packaging is in glass jars which I like. The Petrossian store now only sells in the traditional cans. We did a blind tasting between the Petrossian store and the glass jar from Hi-Time and we couldn't tell the difference.

        We often buy the 5oz. Alverta President which is $149 at Hi-Times, $195 at Wally's, and $205 at Petrossian.

        Try Gary Danko's recipe for blinis. Best I've ever had!

        http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/Ga...

        Happy Anniversary!

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        1. re: revets2

          Excellent thanks for the 411. I didn't think of Hi-Times.

          I also called around and Bristol Farms seemed to have a good selection but I think the Hi-Times recommendation is exactly what I was looking for.

          1. re: js76wisco

            I've tried the Bristol Farms ones before. Beluga at the Pasadena Bristol before the beluga ban. The packaging looks good on the outside but the eggs were soft on the inside. Not clean and firm with a nice pop and they should be.

            1. re: js76wisco

              Wherever you're buying, always check the dates for freshness.

            2. re: revets2

              Cool - petrossian arb.