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Best place to buy fresh seafood

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YOUR PICKS
1. DeKalb Farmers Market
You say “Great pricing, full disclosure of seafood origin, offers select fish as sushi grade and explicitly labels fish as wild or farm raised.”

2. Whole Foods
3. Buford Highway Farmers Market
4. Fulton Bay Seafood
5. Southern Seafood

Grab a live crab, as Cynthia Rosario is doing here, or one of the many other fresh seafood options at the Buford Highway Farmers Market. Photo: Hyosub Shin / hshin@ajc.com

Grab a live crab, as Cynthia Rosario is doing here, or one of the many other fresh seafood options at the Buford Highway Farmers Market. Photo: Hyosub Shin / hshin@ajc.com

OUR PICKS
1. Buford Highway Farmers Market
The AJC dining team’s specialist in International Cuisine Gene Lee says, “Let’s face it, Atlanta is a landlocked city, so local markets have to import our seafood. The criteria then becomes: who handles seafood the best and adheres to quality standards the highest? My choice is Buford Highway Farmers Market. I’m consistently pleased with the store’s quality and large variety, which includes some live sea critters still perky with a lot of fight left in them.”

2. Dekalb Farmers Market
3. Whole Foods
4. Harry’s Farmers Market
5. Super H Mart

112 comments Add your comment

PJ

August 22nd, 2011
2:21 pm

Buford Highway Farmers Market – every kind of seafood imaginable (& some that I couldn’t have imagined), plus the experience is crazy fun

cheepfoodie

August 22nd, 2011
3:41 pm

Assi is supposed to be good,but haven’t been yet.Dekalb Farmers.Super H and Buford Highway Farmers are good and not over-priced.

TM1867

August 22nd, 2011
4:28 pm

Harry’s Farmers Market in Marietta and Alpharetta.

http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/cobb/

Hank

August 22nd, 2011
4:29 pm

I’m curious, does the seafood sold locally have full disclosure of it’s origin? It’s my understanding a large percentage of the seafood is imported.

Two Cents

August 22nd, 2011
4:30 pm

Buford Hwy International Farmers Market – hands down. They have the largest and freshest selection. The prices are pretty comparable to /lb prices at the grocery store. It’s a hike for people in the city, but it’s well worth the drive. I agree with PJ, the experience is crazy fun.

Doug

August 22nd, 2011
4:34 pm

Super H in Duluth-FRESH and Clean-Tilapia to Eel to Live Blue Crabs-Best Tuna I have found!

LostinTransition

August 22nd, 2011
4:43 pm

DeKalb Farmer’s Market! I’ve been so happy with every little sea creature I’ve ever gotten from there.

kevin

August 22nd, 2011
4:44 pm

Dekalb Farmers Market. Great pricing, full disclosure of seafood origin, offers select fish is sushi grade and explicitly labels fish as wild or farm raised.

Whole Foods is great also, but super-pricey.

Buy where the restaurants buy

August 22nd, 2011
4:45 pm

The best place is where the good seafood restaurants buy their product locally. There is a place that you can buy wholesale and retail, that is intown. They deliver to the restaurants, but you can walk in and pick out what you want to purchase.

jimnickells

August 22nd, 2011
4:47 pm

In this city? You’d be better off going to McD’s for a filet-o-fish. The seafood here, regardless of where you buy it, sucks. I’ve had it in nearly every high end restaurant and have bought it from every store on the northside, eastside and westside. It was all mediocre at best.

Egger

August 22nd, 2011
4:49 pm

GREG

August 22nd, 2011
4:55 pm

Dekalb Farmers Market is good although they will miss label their snapper. Mangrove snapper is not Red snapper although some markets will sale it as such.

T

August 22nd, 2011
4:56 pm

On the weekends Costco has surprsingly good seafood. Warehouse store prices too.

Jimbo

August 22nd, 2011
5:00 pm

jimnickells is a troll. There are tons of great options for seafood in Atlanta. When I buy my own, I usually go to YDFM or Whole Foods. Some people like Atlanta Fish Market, but I’ve never bought fish from there.

TravlinMan

August 22nd, 2011
5:19 pm

From one that travels all all across this country, There is no fresh seafood in Atlanta. Now there are places where you can get “well prepared’ dinners, but please leave the Fresh out of the description.The absolute best FRESH seafood will be in the New England states, followed by Alaska(for King crab and Halibut). Move on down to San Fransisco then all the way across country to the Charleston SC area.
So when when going out in ATL for seafood, find a restruant that prepares your meal the way you ilke ie and continue going there. Me…I save my money a little at a time, wait for Delta to put Portalnd, OR on a great sale, then for under $350.00 I surprise my wife witha wonder weekend dinner. In and around Portland you can have 3 2lb lobsters plus soup and salad for $18.00. worth thre trip right there.

Fire Frank Wren

August 22nd, 2011
5:24 pm

Dekalb Farmers Market. Hands down.

willie j. solomon

August 22nd, 2011
5:29 pm

do you ship fish.

willie j. solomon

August 22nd, 2011
5:30 pm

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Bob

August 22nd, 2011
5:31 pm

Harry’s or the Atlanta Fish Market.

willie j. solomon

August 22nd, 2011
5:32 pm

.i love shopping at buford fish market.

NEAL

August 22nd, 2011
5:33 pm

KING SEAFOOD!!!!!!!!! MEMORIAL DR.

Saul Good

August 22nd, 2011
5:36 pm

Anything NOt caught in Lake Lanier (AKA cesspool run off collection basin # 98873)

KEEPING IT REAL

August 22nd, 2011
5:48 pm

FULTON BAY SEAFOOD… (Rossevelt Hwy)

KEEPING IT REAL

August 22nd, 2011
5:49 pm

H-MART (Riverdale)

Fishy

August 22nd, 2011
6:02 pm

YOUR Dekalb Farmer’s Market

kj

August 22nd, 2011
6:05 pm

Buford Hwy Farmers Market is the best. Dekalb farmers market used to be nice but not anymore. The quality sucks and the prices are to high.

Helen

August 22nd, 2011
6:06 pm

Super H Mart (Chamblee) or Buford Highway Farmers’ Market. You can even get live seafood AND they will cut it however you wish.

Sponge Bob

August 22nd, 2011
6:10 pm

Buford Highway Farmers Market FTW!!! From blue crab to wild caught shrimp, their seafood is by far the freshest in town.

Emril

August 22nd, 2011
6:25 pm

HARRY’S.. Easily the freshest and dankest seafood in all the land!

joe in tucker

August 22nd, 2011
6:26 pm

Southern Seafood – Lawrenceville Hwy.

WILLIE

August 22nd, 2011
6:27 pm

Whole Foods has fresh off the boat seafood from the Gulf of Mexico shipped right out of Panama City. I know this for a fact !!!

EW

August 22nd, 2011
6:28 pm

Hey Travelin Man, You’re right, I don’t know HOW GA could get fresh seafood when we are soooooooo far from the OCEAN…and well, with ppl bringing it in by horse and buggy it will take at LEAST a week to get here and they will have to pack it in salt to keep it “fresh”…lucky for us that hurricane Irene won’t affect us since we are so far from the ocean…WHEW thanks for reminding us!

EW

August 22nd, 2011
6:30 pm

Travelin Man, I bet that lobster could get a plane ticket to Atlanta for cheaper than 350….and you could put the money you save on your ticket towards a nice dinner in town. WINNING! DUH!

dogg

August 22nd, 2011
6:35 pm

If it ain’t Caught in the USA dont buy it! The foreign standards are a disgrace.

Kathy

August 22nd, 2011
6:53 pm

If you are in the Gainesville, Georgia area, the best seafood, and you can buy it fresh to take home and cook, or they cook for you, is at a place in town called Atlanta Highway Seafood Market. It is run by an Asian couple, and they have the fish case open right out front and the restaurant open to the side, and you never smell fish, (except the cooked dinners coming out of the kitchen), but the raw fish is about as fresh as you can get it. They have red snapper, grouper, amberjack, tilapia, mullet, shrimp, oysters, scallops, and others (can’t name them all). The restaurant is always slammed.

lovefish

August 22nd, 2011
7:29 pm

dekalb farmers market and h mart in doraville…just ggod stuff…and it is fresh to cook …hmm low country boil sounds good for this weekend..

lovefish

August 22nd, 2011
7:33 pm

travlinman….quit being a snob…nobody cares about your adventures…..the seafood here is good..but great lobster is when you spear it your self in Bimini and then throw it on the grill..look! i travel too

Mark in the City of Decatur

August 23rd, 2011
3:39 am

For the longest time – and I am terribly embarrassed to admit this – but I *finally* figured out what the acronym “YDFM” meant, which is “Your DeKalb Farmer’s Market”.

Well, great! So I’ve been “YDFM”-ing since Day One of the Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market.

I even remember when it was a small ‘n’ funky fresh-food market in the back of Medlock Plaza Shopping Center (at the intersection of North Decatur Road, Scott Boulevard, and Medlock Road).

At the Medlock Plaza location the owners, suppliers, farmers, truckers and staff were very much into full disclosure of what that “strange football-shaped alien vegetable with enormous and potentially injurious pointy spikes” actually was.

They described that scary-tuber thing, what it tasted like, how delicious it could be if prepared properly, its health benefits, etc.

I was game. I enjoy working for my food and this terror-tuber was almost like hunting and prepping venison – labor intensive.Tastes better that way.

I learned their vegetables were grown in local natural soil, seafood was caught in a clean, natural, and local – as near as possible – watery environment, their farmers’ cows had locally grazed grass, and the chickens pecked around as they are wont to do, ah, er… locally.

I wanted the “Your” Dekalb Farmer’s Market to continue adherence to the same high-quality tenets as the original tiny Medlock Plaza Market. And after all these years, I have been able find quality produce, fish, and meats. Due to the phenomenal growth and the sheer enormity of size of the DFM, some items may tend to be overlooked; not exactly picture-perfect. It’s only natural, right?

I would like nominate my “Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market” as the best, freshest, most weird and diverse selection of edibles that ever scrurried or floated across an ocean floor.

My Nomination: Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market

Thank you for asking.

Buck Necked

August 23rd, 2011
5:56 am

Travelin man, seek and you shall find. Your DeKalb Farmers Market, Whole Foods, Sweet Auburn Curb Mart. If you can pick out fish while their still swimming or crab that’s still alive, its fresh.

atlfunlver

August 23rd, 2011
5:58 am

Another case of ATL miopians drinking the kool aid. I wouldnt know a fresh fish if it was in my hands, but I visited most of the above mentioned places with a Boston based seafood buyer and his take was that you are better off buying fish that was flash frozen on the boat as opposed to the local “fresh fish” also interesting was comment at the sacred DFM that several of the fish would only be worth using as bait…..let the consumer beware

Road Scholar

August 23rd, 2011
6:01 am

Joe Pattis in Pensacola; they have next day delivery. prices are much lower than in stores in Atlanta. Fresh Lump Crab for $12/lb, Crab claws for 12/$ Sea scallops for (.99/lb and a full selection of fish fillets. Check out their website. I bring fish home and put water in a container and freeze it; better than most alledgedly fresh Atlanta sold seafood. If I run out here, I shop for a sale at Publics, H mart, or a farmers market.

George

August 23rd, 2011
6:22 am

Sweet Auburn Street Market next to Grady Memorial. There’s a place inside with very reasonable prices. Owners are honest. For example his crawfish were not seasoned and it’s not in season yet. Recently I purchased nice size Chilean scallops. Very delicious.

Doctor Chef

August 23rd, 2011
6:40 am

For the best and most trusted seafood, ask who their purveyor is. There are about a dozen mainstream wholesalers in Atlanta, with Inland Seafood leading the way. Fish is caught that morning at the source, and flown in within hours.

N-GA

August 23rd, 2011
6:48 am

For lobsters, scallops & clams, I just get online and order it fresh from Ipswich Seafood (overnight delivery). Nothing I have ever purchased in the ATL compares to my New England source.

Saul Good

August 23rd, 2011
7:08 am

WILLIE, last I checked… outside of rednecks from GA going to the white trash beaches and motels in Panama City… there’s no major fishing ports/docks there.

Marietta Mary

August 23rd, 2011
7:28 am

Dan

August 23rd, 2011
7:33 am

I used to be a fan of Dekalb Farmers mkt, and still am, except for Buford farmers market which is to Dekalb what dekalb is to others in town. Simply no comparison and a much nicer efficient shopping experience. ( and it seems to be labled correctly for those concerned with that)

nokiddingsherlock

August 23rd, 2011
7:33 am

N-GA: you haven’t been to the numerous H marts or Assi Korean Supermarkets?
Right now FRESH LIVE LOBSTER $5.99 per pound at H Mart. Lobsters are from Maine. Fresh live fluke, fresh tilapia, where else in atlanta can you buy live fresh fish other than korean supermarkets, which IMO, is the best place to get fresh fish. Also, they carry american caught shrimp.

Steve-O

August 23rd, 2011
7:55 am

I hate to sound tooooo stupid – but is the Buford Highway Farmers Market the one just outside 285 or is it one of the markets inside? Anyone know the exact location?

tigger

August 23rd, 2011
7:56 am

Dekalb Farmers Market is the freshest you can get in Atlanta or if you go to your local Publix on wednesdays