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Jun 30, 2014 09:57 AM

Where's a good place to buy fish in Albuquerque?

I've been getting it at Whole Foods, Costco, Pro's Ranch Market or Smith's, but wondered if there's anywhere better.

I'd like to stick with wild-caught and sustainably harvested if possible.

Thank you.

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  1. I'd love to know too, nin. I've bought whole fish at Pro's but it's a hike for me to get over there. Don't go to Costco or Smith's so usually end up at WF and their selection is very limited. They do have Colorado trout which I am determined to get next time, but they have had a hell of a time lately with salmon. The fish monger told me their entire order was refused due to the vendor's mistake of storing it at the wrong temperature. It took about two weeks for them to recover.

    Coming from Boston and Singapore, it's really hard to not have great fish and seafood, but it's part of being in a land locked state. They don't have green chile :-))

    I really think for the value, Pro's Ranch is probably as good as any but I'm sure they don't focus on wild/sustainable. The owner of Nantucket Seafood is very unpleasant and unhelpful and it's very expensive. OK, I understand the overhead issues, but really?

    I'll keep an eye on this thread. Maybe finlero or debit will have some ideas.

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    1. re: sandiasingh

      I don't have any good suggestions, but just wanted to say that I'm relieved to know that I'm not just overly sensitive -- the Nantucket Shoals lady is very offputting. I'd like to check out their stuff more, but I don't even want to go in there (plus the price).

      1. re: juster

        Same feeling about Nantucket Shoals here, juster. I went several years ago, and really felt like I was grating on the owner's last nerve just by walking into the store. Recently, I've been thinking of going back to see if it's as expensive as I remembered, but the unwelcome feeling I got that first time has made me reluctant to do so.

    2. Have you tried the fish counter at the Talin Market on Central and Louisiana? They have an extensive variety of whole fish and at prices that are much less the WF. And they have tanks of lobster and crab as well.

      1. I'm so glad to know that I'm not the only one who won't step foot in Nantucket Shoals! I think it's pathetic that this town can't support another fish market. I agree with those that shop at Whole Foods, Costco and Smith's. I have issues with cleanliness and freshness at Pro Ranch and Talin market.
        FWIW, the WF in Santa Fe has a much wider selection. We have gone up to the Farmer's Market and brought back whole Bronzino from WF for dinner. I did ask at the store on Academy and they told me I could order the branzino and they would bring it in. I haven't done that yet, but maybe if more of us show an interest in a wider variety it would carry some weight?

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        1. re: abqdeb

          This is great to know, abqdeb. I'm going to ask at the WF on Carlisle.