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Nov 16, 2013 07:16 AM

Fish and Seafood in Landlocked New Mexico

ABQ and SF CH'ers, where do you buy your fish and seafood? Coming here from Boston was a very wise decision with just a couple of drawbacks food wise. The major one is finding clean and fresh fish & seafood.

WF here has such a small selection and I rarely go to Nantucket Shoals because it's so expensive and the owner is so obnoxious. I have bought "Buffalo" fish at the Ranch Market that was very sweet and delicate but god only knows where it came from. Forget Talin. They are a great resource but I would not buy fish there.

Shrimp has become a real difficulty. The Monterey Bay Aquarium lists very few alternatives as you can see on this graph. Pacific Northwest shrimp? Uh, there was this nuclear accident called Fukushima. I don’t think so.

Any suggestions would be helpful.

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  1. We buy from Whole Foods, pretty much full stop. Very occasionally Albertsons has decent seafood, but it's far more miss than hit. Unsurprisingly you can sometimes get good Rocky Mountain trout, which is supposed to be a better environmental choice than the top-end-of-the-food-chain choices from the ocean. Above all, though, we sadly tend to just eat a lot less seafood than we did when living on the coast. That said, we love it here, and eating a little less seafood hardly seems like an unreasonable price of admission.

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    1. re: finlero

      Yep, I agree, finlero. At least WFM has New England Clam Chowder at the fish counter (although I swear they have changed the cook. Not as good as it was).

      Do you mean Albertson's sometimes has Rocky Mountain trout? I would definitely like that. I don't think I've seen it at WFM.