Where can I buy raw octopus (even better live but I am not holding out hope) in Austin?
I used to sell frozen Portuguese octopus mostly in and around NYC. Are you looking for fresh, never frozen raw? Good luck finding that anywhere except NYC. If it is being sold unfrozen, it's probably defrosted but don't despair octopus freezes very well.Some people even prefer it frozen because freezing helps tenderize the fish. I know that the Fiesta Mart chain sells frozen Philippine whole octopus. Phillipine octopus is not mechanically tenderized like Portuguese/Spanish is. Just make sure to simmer it until fork tender then shock in cold water first, otherwise you'll have an old tire to chew on. Mexico produces some nice octopus too. So if you have a Mexican grocery store nearby, check them out. Also, Greeks &Italians love octopus so ask them where they source it.