I like Santa Monica Seafood
, again. There have been recent years when I felt that their selection and quality control weren't what they used to be, but they are back on their game, seems to me.
Course as with any fish purchase from anywhere you have to be an active participant, using your good judgment guided by experience, as Nero Wolfe would say to Archie. One very good thing too is they always have lots of wild to choose from, which is useful to me since I don't buy farmed.
When we lived in the flatlands of Orange years ago there was a conveniently located SM Sfd. on Taft @ Main, no longer there, but was what got me knowing about the company.
So, it's down to the Costa Mesa store on 17th for OC SM Sfd.
The other day after the Irvine Farmers Market we zipped over for fish and the guy was nice enough to bring out a whole new slab o' albacore and cut the middle out for me. I like that kind of thing, very much. Not to mention albacore is my favorite of the tuna types for cooking... also for eating raw. Although I have come around to the poke cubes at Marukai for spicy tuna... very good.
Other recent good things from there have included Petrale sole and Dungeness crab meat. And I like their Mexican wild shrimp.
I wish they would open a store closer to S. county... I think it would do huge business. However I am glad they are there in any event, and it's not so bad a trip esp. when we're already near UCI at the farmers market or on the Costa Mesa Food Trail