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Best Fish Markets in Chicago ?? [and beyond]
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  • Post #61 - April 15th, 2010, 10:27 am
    Post #61 - April 15th, 2010, 10:27 am Post #61 - April 15th, 2010, 10:27 am
    dddane wrote:i posted this yesterday but it was either removed without explanation or didn't really post and i'm crazy...(I don't see how this is political but if so...)

    i went to the Fish Guy about two weeks ago for the first time (finally). I found:

    -They didn't have any whole fish smaller than 8-10#
    -The lady working said she didn't know how to scale or gut the fish
    -The place was warm, bordering on downright hot inside.

    is this abnormal for the place?


    Yes, this is abnormal. I've actually never seen a woman working there. Perhaps she was new or was filling in. Did you ask if there was someone else there who could scale the fish? It's always been quite cool when I've been there. You should email Bill, the owner, at bill@fishguy.com. He is serious about his fish and the store; I'm sure he would like to know about this.

    They usually have whole fish in the 2-3# range, but it is possible they were out when you arrived. That isn't so strange.
  • Post #62 - October 25th, 2012, 9:24 pm
    Post #62 - October 25th, 2012, 9:24 pm Post #62 - October 25th, 2012, 9:24 pm
    Recommendations?...Dirk's, Isaacson & Stein, other???
  • Post #63 - October 26th, 2012, 6:06 am
    Post #63 - October 26th, 2012, 6:06 am Post #63 - October 26th, 2012, 6:06 am
    DMoon806 wrote:Recommendations?...Dirk's, Isaacson & Stein, other???

    New England Seafood Co.--but depends on what you're looking for. I won't buy salmon anywhere else. Everything is high quality and very fresh. But not a huge selection and not cheap.
    "Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad." Miles Kington
  • Post #64 - August 27th, 2013, 8:27 am
    Post #64 - August 27th, 2013, 8:27 am Post #64 - August 27th, 2013, 8:27 am
    It's a little scary that no one here has mentioned sustainability as a factor in selecting your fish. Not to blanket, but I will generalize -- a lot of seafood from Asian markets aren't caught the most ethical ways. It's a growing problem. You may love the deal you're getting, but your choices aren't the best for the environment or taste buds. Just something to consider. Here's a link from the Shedd Aquarium's Right Bite program so you can learn more: http://www.sheddaquarium.org/3167.html#retailers. And here's the program it was based on in Seafood Watch: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/cr_seafoodwatch/sfw_aboutsfw.aspx. I just came back from Seattle's Pike Place Market and it was a big deal there...Enjoy your good eating.
  • Post #65 - August 27th, 2013, 8:58 am
    Post #65 - August 27th, 2013, 8:58 am Post #65 - August 27th, 2013, 8:58 am
    FYI - there are at least 733 mentions of sustainability related to fish on this website, so we are aware.
    Cathy2

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  • Post #66 - August 27th, 2013, 9:35 am
    Post #66 - August 27th, 2013, 9:35 am Post #66 - August 27th, 2013, 9:35 am
    If anyone is in the near NW burbs looking for what I feel is quite a fine fish market, check out Boston Fish Market viewtopic.php?f=14&t=37017
    --
    I did absolutely nothing and it was everything I thought it could be.
  • Post #67 - October 21st, 2017, 4:23 pm
    Post #67 - October 21st, 2017, 4:23 pm Post #67 - October 21st, 2017, 4:23 pm
    When I want a big lobster in Chicago, I know to go to Chinatown market.
    You have to ask before they get the big ones from some tank somewhere. Today I asked for a 5#-er and 60 seconds later, it was presented flapping and kicking.
    I also left with a bundle of live razor clams(when you touch them they retract).
    The good sized live shrimp looked mighty tempting but the coolers were getting full up.
    The parking lot has given way to a new Chicago Public Library so street parking is probably a good idea. $6/2 hrs.
    -Richard
  • Post #68 - November 9th, 2017, 8:01 pm
    Post #68 - November 9th, 2017, 8:01 pm Post #68 - November 9th, 2017, 8:01 pm
    Ever since Heinen's opened (Glenview location) we've been getting our fresh fish there, and it's been absolutely top notch. They have fresh fish flown in daily, and their staff is incredibly helpful. When certain fish is/are in season (e.g. soft shell crabs), they get them, and they'll set some aside if you call. Their everyday prices are mostly reasonable, and their specials are often outstanding; for example, their sustainable farm-raised Verlasso salmon is regularly $14.99/lb and periodically goes on sale for $11.99.

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