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Fish: Where do you buy yours?

I like The Fresh Fish Company in Ballard (north, next to Larsen's bakery), Mutual Fish in Rainier Valley and Uwajimaya. Most important, I would say, is finding a fishmonger you trust and being flexible about what fish to buy - I'd take an unexpected recommendation from an honest fishmonger over being rigid on what kind of fish you absolutely must have.....

Feb 26, 2010
jalebiwallah in Greater Seattle

Best place for Poke

The Fresh Fish Company in Ballard - but only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Would you buy a fish at Pike Place Market

There are certainly better places to buy fish in seattle, but knowing what to look for is more important than where you buy it - even good places occasionaly have bad fish. If you buy a whole fish (and a whole sockeye is a good deal at most places right now) look for a fish with clear eyes, most/all of its scales intact and no obvious signs of bruising. Look in the belly cavity and around the gills to make sure there is no brown or black discoloration. A fresh sockeye will also have a nice coat of mucus (sounds bad, but isn't). For fillet look for no discoloration (and no red spots from bruising) and few if any tears in the meat. Of course giving it a smell is always a good idea - sockeye will smell faintly metallic but not fishy.....

Where can I find a whole pig in Seattle?

You can also try Cascioppo Brothers in Ballard (call them as they no longer do retail out of the front). They sell them for 3 or 4 dollars a pound I belive. I just saw one go out the door for around 200 dollars....

Homemade Ice Cream?

thanks for the recommendation - I think I may make the trip over to try Mora today. Has anyone heard of Pretty Kitty? Supposedly opening soon at 47th and Roosevelt with "organic" (their quotation marks, not mine) ice cream.


the Fresh Fish Company in Ballard (24th and 80th next to Larsen's Bakery) has it, but only around X-mas...

Whats missing in Queen Anne??

remember the Gelato shop years back across from Safeway? Why did it close? Seems like a good fit. Maybe rents are too high and margins too low for an ice cream shop, though I expect a Molly Moon's one of these days (she's going to be the Starbucks of decent ice cream I fear).

Homemade Ice Cream?

I've heard about this place for years but have never been.....anyone have a review of it they'd like to post?

Homemade Ice Cream?

You can find the details on the MM blog post

I like Snoqualmie Gourmet, don't get me wrong, and understand why many if not most of the local ice cream shops use their bases (though it still isn't clear to me whether each shop has them make a custom base or they all get pretty much the same). I'm just curious who goes that extra mile to make ice cream from scratch.

At the same time I should also admit I think MM is highly overrated and I make better stuff at home (from scratch).

Homemade Ice Cream?

Yes, Empire does and so does half-pint (another farmer's market vendor). I'm not sure about Full tilt, I believe they use base from Snoqualmie Gourmet (as does Husky deli). I asked Old School Frozen Custard yesterday and they say the get a mix from the midwest. Anyone know anything about Bluebird on Capitol Hill (yet to open)?

Homemade Ice Cream?

There are an awful lot of new ice cream, frozen custard and gelato shops in town these days many if not all claiming to make the ice cream themselves. While I don't doubt they all FREEZE the ice cream themselves, I'm fairly certain many or most use pre-made mixes (mostly from Snoqualmie Gourmet). While I like Snoqualmie Gourmet ice cream, this still seems a bit like cheating. So who out there knows of some places that definitely make there own mixes from scratch - and don't even try to list Molly Moon's, as she freely admits on her website she buys pre-sweetened, stabilized and pasteurized dairy from Snoqualmie Gourmet.....

Whats missing in Queen Anne??

Soon there will be ice cream on QA, albeit in the guise of a weekly visit from a new artisan ice cream truck. They will be scooping beginning the Middle of July and will be near Caffe Fiore on Friday afternoons. Their website address is