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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

No Artificial Flavors

August 23rd, 2011
8:02 am

The Atlanta Highway Seafood Market in Gainesville. Best ever.

Stephanie

August 23rd, 2011
8:06 am

Hands down FULTON BAY SEAFOOD is the best! I am a seafood eater seven days a week! People I’ve experienced a lot of fresh seafood spots including Dekalb which is overated, Super H which the majority of the seafood is not locally grown. FULTON BAY SEAFOOD is one of the most reasonable spots when it comes to price,variety, cleanliness especially, and selections! Check out the home grown vegetables,live blue crabs and the southern hospitality that you will not experience unless your in Savannah! FULTON BAY SEAFOOD reminds me of Cheers! Your guranteed to be called by your name from a visiting customer or the staff! Thumbs up to FULTON BAY SEAFOOD!

Stormin

August 23rd, 2011
8:17 am

Kathleen’s Catch on Medlock Bringe in Duluth. Good selection and exceptionally fresh. Excellent service. The selection isn’t always huge because she only sells what is truly available fresh, but what she offers is always exceptional

DO IT RIGHT

August 23rd, 2011
8:19 am

I AGREE STEPHANIE,

DO IT RIGHT

August 23rd, 2011
8:24 am

I agree Stephanie, FULTON BAY SEAFOOD has been around for over 20 years and the Quality and Service is excellent. Friday afternoon is always packed but its worth the wait. This is the best seafood north of Savannah and it has been a land mark for the South Fulton area for years. Not only do they sell Seafood, they also have a Vegetable Corner store that sells items from local area gardens.

So if your in the South Fulton area go and check out FULTON BAY SEAFOOD on the corner of Fellwood Dr. and Roosevelt Hwy in College Park GA.

Nick

August 23rd, 2011
8:26 am

Oakhurst Market in Decatur – they don’t have a huge selection but only carry what they can get fresh. My experiences with their seafood have been excellent.

Anne-Caroline brown taylor

August 23rd, 2011
8:29 am

Crawfish Shack on Buford Hwy for Shrimp, hands down. It is family caught and brought in fresh several times a week from New Orleans.

DIPPER

August 23rd, 2011
8:31 am

I’ve been watching this post since yesterday and I’m proud to see that folks on the south side of atlanta speaking up for establishments in our area. So it makes me proud to say that I live in Riverdale and I travel down to Spur 29 in South Fulton to get my fresh seafood from FULTON BAY SEAFOOD. The other markets are good but over rated and just to far to travel. FULTON BAY SEAFOOD has everything from Blue Crabs to Brim, it’s like going to a fishing pond or deep water fishing. The owners are sweet as Apple Pie. I’m 42 and I remember going to FULTON BAY SEAFOOD when I was a little kid with my mother.

I just might make a trip to them this afternoon.

Katz

August 23rd, 2011
8:45 am

If you don’t see it moving, it’s not fresh. Even if you do, it could be better. Nothing tastes as good as live seafood just landed on the boat. If I’m not on the boat, I will only buy live or frozen on the boat.

Exceptions? Fish sauce, badek, bacalo, and a wide range of dried seafood that I use in Asian and African cooking.

Kiss Me

August 23rd, 2011
8:46 am

The last two times I bought fish at Dekalb Farmer’s Market, it was way past its prime – one piece smelled so much of ammonia when it hit the pan, I had to throw it out. They have a no return policy, even if you just bought it an hour ago and they won’t let you sniff the fish before they put it into the bag. I stopped buying there because of this – if they won’t let you return it when it’s bad, at least let me smell it and make sure it’s good before I leave the store.

Deklan Georgia

August 23rd, 2011
8:47 am

Bunch of fish heads…No self-respecting Asian grocer is buying his lobsters from Maine or even his fish from Florida; wake up and smell the import. Just because it’s swimmin’ -don’t make it good, and if it’s not movin’ is was just thawed out. The fish mongers in Atlanta have you thinking that catfish$ is grouper$$$; now brim/sunnys out of Lake West Point- that’s Georgia fresh!!

Sweet Pea

August 23rd, 2011
9:01 am

Kiss Me~ I experienced that as well. However, I called them as soon as I returned home and was told they would refund my money so I trekked my way to Dekalb County to get my money back…paying $15 for fish I couldn’t eat was unacceptable and never will purchase any more seafood from DFM again. I will have to check out South Fulton’s Fulton Bay Seafood since I am in Henry County. That is what I miss about Florida is fresh seafood ;)

William

August 23rd, 2011
9:07 am

How long has your dinner been away from the ocean? And what has happened to it since it left the waves behind?

Under current law, consumers can be misled as to fish products’ freshness, its quality and which species it is meant to be. There are inadequate standards for labeling.

The Food and Drug Administration has no definition of “fresh,” no standards or criteria for using the term to sell food.

Fresh is a meaningless term as it’s used in supermarkets today, there are deceptive practices everywhere, and some people label seafood fresh when they mean previously frozen.

The seafood industry itself is at times unclear on the concept of freshness. Do you know or have you ever thought about how much of what we call ‘fresh seafood sales’ is really ‘previously frozen?

Have we misused the word ‘fresh’ ” to cover all fish sold in special seafood sections of supermarkets?

“Fresh” fish is never frozen.” But even if you were to buy fish so labeled, there is no assurance that it has seen the ocean in recent days. The standard rule of thumb is that fish caught 10 days ago is fresh, and that’s one reason why frozen seafood can be better than fresh….

G-man

August 23rd, 2011
9:08 am

Harry’s or Buford Highway Farmers Market for the selection … but I still prefer IQF shrimp.

Bubbagump

August 23rd, 2011
9:13 am

Jumbo Pete’s Shrimp Express. Pete travels to the Atlantic coast once or twice a week and brings back fresh shrimp! http://stores.jumbopete.com/StoreFront.bok

LindaLou

August 23rd, 2011
9:13 am

I believe it’s the one just outside 285 It’s HUGE and if you’ve not been there yet .. it’s worth the trip. Give yourself some time to look around.

Kim

August 23rd, 2011
9:14 am

DeKalb Farmers Market! The only place to get tuna.

Yippee

August 23rd, 2011
9:24 am

Definitely Buford Highway Farmers Market. Freshest seafood i’ve had in the metro Atlanta and reasonable prices.

Robert

August 23rd, 2011
9:27 am

Where is the best place to get live blue crabs or already cooked crabs in Atlanta? I would love to find some here, I’m originally from VA and grew up eating blue crabs out of the Chesapeake Bay and sure do miss eating them.

Deklan Georgia

August 23rd, 2011
9:30 am

Okay, Okay…FultonBaySeafood is the best; NO asian imports freshly thawed out. Make sure there are no yankees in there when you go and they’ll give you the locals rate!!

Cajungirl

August 23rd, 2011
9:32 am

Southern Seafood on Lawrenceville Highway in North Decatur imports their crawfish, blue crabs, shrimp and fish daily from Mobile, AL and it is incredibly fresh. They also boil the seafood for you if you prefer, or you can take it home and cook it yourself. The only place in the Atlanta area this cajun girl can get real boiled seafood that tastes like home!

PW

August 23rd, 2011
9:34 am

WHOLE FOODS-PRICEY BUT I TRUST THEM, AND YDFM-ALWAYS GOOD JUST TOO FAR FOR REGULAR TRIPS.

Phil

August 23rd, 2011
9:37 am

@travel ‘man’ the post is for fresh seafood to buy not restaurants or your paying $350 to get a $18 lobster dinner ;-)

The Dekalb Farmers Market is always a winner the fish is labeled and fresh some of it is still swimming before you buy it ! ;-)

Kar

August 23rd, 2011
9:42 am

My first weekend in Atlanta, I went to the Dekalb Farmer’s Market where I watched some guy literally chase a fish across the floor with a short bat and brain it.

Talk about fresh!

Marti

August 23rd, 2011
9:42 am

I lived on the coast and worked with on a shrimp boat for a season or two with a friend. What most people don’t know is,even though your seafood is fresh… it is dipped in a preservative to keep it that way.It is packed in ice on the boat this stuff is shoveled in withe ice over it to help keep it fresh….the stuff is really nasty, it takes your breath away. then your fish or shimp is taken to port and the ice melts as the stuff is unloaded and the stuff kinda melts away…it gets weighed and goes to the fish house……there…they process it out to where you get the fish or shrimp that you see.

NEAL CUSTOM PAINTING

August 23rd, 2011
9:49 am

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

Kiss Me

August 23rd, 2011
9:50 am

Thanks for the info on Southern Seafood on Lawrenceville Highway – it’s close to where I live and I’m definitely going to try it out. I’d rather go to a small store than a cavernous wearhouse-type space anyway.

Lane Wells

August 23rd, 2011
9:51 am

Steve

August 23rd, 2011
9:59 am

forget seafood and have bbq
http://www.wilbursbbq.com

Vira

August 23rd, 2011
10:24 am

If you have the chance to flight down to the coast of Ecuador, Peru or Chile you will eat one of the best seafood in the world (freshness and taste). If you have time and wild spirit (and local friends) then go early in the morning to the decks to wait for the boats bringing the fresh fish they caught… don’t forget to bargain, never ever fall for the first price they give you. As for the people who can’t/don’t want to travel outside the States or Atlanta… go to the Buford Farmers Market, H-Mart or Assi (good selec. of frozen fish – nothing wrong with that).

CDW

August 23rd, 2011
10:39 am

@ Steve-O, yes, Buford Highway Farmers Market is on Buford Hwy about 100 feet outside of I-285.

Laura

August 23rd, 2011
10:43 am

I agree with some of the posts. The freshest you can buy in Atlanta (I’ve read about this concerning fresh seafood) is the seafood that is frozen right off the boat. I love the wild caught US seafood that Publix sells in the freezer section across from their seafood display case. Excellent!

Ron

August 23rd, 2011
10:47 am

If anyone has some investment money, please build a farmers market on the westside of atlanta (douglasville) driving to dekalb farmers market on the weekend is hell!

DONT STOP

August 23rd, 2011
11:05 am

FULTON BAY SEAFOOD in College Park, best georgia and local seafood in metro Atlanta.

truthpaste

August 23rd, 2011
11:26 am

Mary Law

August 23rd, 2011
11:35 am

There’s a little hole in the wall market in Villa Rica, GA. 3 tables can eat in or you can pick your fish, richt there

Kiss Me

August 23rd, 2011
11:37 am

Something to know about buying “previously frozen” seafood: buy only what you are going to cook and eat. This type of seafood is perfectly acceptable and may be better than so-called ‘fresh’ fish that has been hanging out in the counter for a few days. However, if you buy too much and freeze it again, the cells in the fish will begin to rupture when it is frozen the second time (this doesn’t happen from the first flash freeze) and when you thaw it and cook it in the future, it will have a very soft or gummy texture that isn’t very appealing.

Hardup

August 23rd, 2011
11:47 am

Buford Hwy Farmers Market – Went their yesterday because I had the taste for raw oyster. I was worried about how much I would spend. Didn’t want to spend more than $20; long story short got a 30lbs case for 25.99. They are fresh, I am here to type about it.

loki

August 23rd, 2011
11:48 am

Buford Highway Farmer’s Market is tops when you factor in variety, price, freshness, and overall shopping experience. Harry’s Farmers Market in Marietta is also excellent, though more pricey.

DeKalb Farmers Market has slipped a notch in my estimation, and while H-Mart is pretty good for fresh seafood, it’s still second tier behind Buford Hwy. on all counts.

ATL Cook

August 23rd, 2011
11:53 am

Publix seldom has USA seafood. Their shrimp is from Thailand. Kroger was the same way last week. Decent price, but look where it was from! Thailand. I only buy USA seafood. I read the Montery Bay Aquarium seafood guidelines to know what to but. I go to YDFM and try to get enough for 3-4 meals. Sam’s Club has a few things I like to buy. As a rule, frozen seafood is better than fresh.

monica

August 23rd, 2011
12:16 pm

I’m from the Louisiana and I know excellent seafood when I see it and taste it. Ok, Two places for fresh seafood, plus the boil it at your request. South of New Orleans on Candler Rd between McDonald’s and KFC and Southern Seafood on Lawrenceville Hwy. . Plus if you happen to be in Douglasville, Ga the owner is from South Louisiana and their seafood restaruant is the BOMB!!! TRY THAT CRAB TAILGATE DIP. IT’S CALL GUMBEAUX’S RESTAURANT.

PianoBill

August 23rd, 2011
12:35 pm

Saul, no offense but there are plenty of fishing boats in PC also plenty of fresh fish. I have not been there is a while but Capt. Anderson use to have a fleet. Also, all over the Panhandle there are plenty of fishing boats. Buddy Gandy Seafood has been there for a very long time. They sell retail/wholesale to folks like the famous Fulton Fish Market in NY, others all over the US and Canada. Check it out next time your there. Also some of the best seafood I have ever eaten came from a little mom and pop restaurant in PC. Cheers.

greg

August 23rd, 2011
2:30 pm

please do not buy the cosco tilapia or any frozen tilapia product. all of these come from extremely dirty chinese farms as does the frozen shrimp. buy live tilapia from farmers markets or asian markets. these are grown in the USA and are shipped live from controlled indoor farms. key west shrimp or USA grown farmed shrimp are the only shrimp I will consume. its better for you and the economy as we send no more $$ abroad.

Laura

August 23rd, 2011
2:59 pm

Being a little new to the whole seafood scene I had started with Whole Foods as they seemed a safe bet, but a bit pricey for sure. Then I discovered a wonderful “boutique” fish market up 141 at Pleasant Hill Road – Kathleen’s Catch.

Kathleen promises fresh fish, and even has a map showing you where your fish was caught. I love that she is keenly aware of responsible fishing practices, what is in season, and best of all how to prepare it! Her shop is bright and clean, and she keeps a modest inventory so that you don’t get “old” fish. I also discovered that she can order a whole lot of different seafood too – like live lobsters! You gotta check it out – http://www.kathleenscatch.com!

CantonJim

August 23rd, 2011
4:23 pm

Boudreaux’s in Duluth. They drive to the LA/TX Coast each week and buy direct. The crabs are live and kickin’. So are the mudbugs when in season. They sell retail and have a few tables. Everything is fresh and delicious. Fish, shrimp, oysters, etc. Very reasonable prices. For me to drive an hour one-way, it has to be good. I grew up on the Virgina Chesapeake and lived in Monterey Bay, Metarie and Covington in past lives

Wanda

August 23rd, 2011
4:55 pm

I enjoy fresh seafood from Kathleen’s Catch right here in Johns Creek. It’s a lot more convenient than heading to the ocean and catching it myself! And Kathleen teaches me how to cook it too. I love offering good clean food free of preservatives to my family.

Chris

August 23rd, 2011
5:05 pm

FULTON BAY SEAFOOD… I travel from East Point Main street, through College Park, down Roosevelt Hwy into South Fulton just to get some fresh seafood from FULTON BAY SEAFOOD…

MC

August 23rd, 2011
6:08 pm

Kathleen’s Catch is wonderful. It is as conveniently located as Whole Foods, but oh so fresh, and much better quality. There is never a fish odor in the store. It is immaculate. You can order ahead, share recipes, get unusual sauces, etc..
We have been waiting for a store like this in John’s Creek. Welcome to the neighborhood!

wle

August 23rd, 2011
9:39 pm

Buford Hwy International Farmers Market –

yes that is the one just outside 285, across from the kmart and doraville post office

wle

Atlantan

August 23rd, 2011
10:04 pm

Star Provisions has a small, but very good and fresh selection. I’ve also bought from the Atlanta Fish Market and have had good luck.