Santa Monica Seafood

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My infatuation with Santa Monica Seafood  started years ago. The restaurant I worked for used them as a supplier and my appreciation for incredible seafood developed.  We are fortunate enough to have one here in Costa Mesa!

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They have an amazing selection and we haven’t found a store with better quality. I’ll be honest, they aren’t cheap. But when it comes to seafood… I’ll splurge. It only takes one bad piece of fish to set you straight.

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Just look at that Alaskan Halibut! I do realize that me gushing over display case of raw fish is a bit neurotic. Oh, but you would understand if you were at my house for dinner tonight.  I’ll spare you all the details of every moment I spent bonding with my dinner.  Back to what Santa Monica Seafood has to offer…

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They carry whole fish as well as cut fish. If you bat your eyelashes and smile, they’ll portion it out for you. OK I admit, you don’t have to bat your eyelashes. Unless thats how my fiance, B, gets his fish portioned. Now that I think about it, I’ll have to keep my eye on him.

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If you are an eater and not so much a chef (like me) the amount of selections can be a bit overwhelming. This is where Santa Monica Seafood really stands out above the rest. Its all in their staff.

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Some people ~ahem~ might walk in and say things like… Umm, I’d like some fish please… and then hold out their hands.

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The good people at SMS would smile and ask a series of friendly questions. Do you want a rich fish or light fish? A meaty texture? A strong flavor? What are you using it for?

You basically answer the questions you can and they help guide you. In fact, someone there could give you a recipe, pair it with a wine and send you home with the sauce to go with it.

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Of course, you can always just buy some of their prepared food. If it wasn’t 450 degrees outside I would have sat down for some of their clam chowder and a roll from La Brea Bakery.

Inside at the end of the counter you’ll find the Cafe area. There is plenty of seating outside as well. I suggest waiting until the temperature cools down. You want to enjoy your fish.. not fry it.

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At the other end of the counter you’ll find the displays. Santa Monica Seafood sells their own line of sauces. I haven’t tried all of them but I’ll get there.

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How sweet is this sushi kit?!

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A bottle a bubbly to set the mood? There are also a variety of wines perfect for any occasion.

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I’ll leave you with this. Its called Indian Candy and we love it. If you like smoked salmon and are a bit adventurous (as it has a slight sweetness to it) please get in your car and drive to Santa Monica Seafood immediately.

9 Comments so far

  1. pittrollie on September 1st, 2009 @ 9:23 am

    Dawn ~ thanks so much for enlightening me to this place. My husband and I are big seafood fans. We have a small local place we go to, but when we get our once-a-year birthday treat, Maryland Blue Crabs (they are very hard to get in SoCal), we’ve been driving up to Quality Seafood, which is also a fun place to visit, in Redondo Beach. It seems Santa Monica Seafood carries them based your photo with the prawns and lobster tails. I foresee a trip here in the near future.


  2. Elle Bee (unregistered) on September 1st, 2009 @ 10:02 am

    I’m not big on fish, but I’m trying to be! This post gives me hope that I can actually commit to having some seafood in my life. Favorite photo–those friendly crabs staring at me!
    Elle


  3. golonghorns (unregistered) on September 1st, 2009 @ 10:59 am

    Wow what a fantastic place and great photos! The grilled fish tacos would be calling my name from the prepared food…oh it all looks good!


  4. Jon (oc_jon) on September 1st, 2009 @ 11:10 am

    I’m coming to your house for dinner!


  5. DebbieQ (unregistered) on September 1st, 2009 @ 12:59 pm

    If I get in the car and drive there…it will be a few days. I will just have to look at the pictures and be jealous of all the yummy seafood that you have at your fingertips.


  6. Dandy (unregistered) on September 1st, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

    Awww, thanks for commenting guys! :)


  7. Dave Share (daveshare) on September 1st, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

    First of all Dawn, WELCOME!!! We’re glad to have you! And so are the readers apparently!! :-)

    Thank you for showing us this place! I had no idea it existed. My wife is the uuber cook, so I will definitely be shoving her in this direction.

    Also, I will be taking tips from you on how you got such a lovely photograph of your finalized dish! Food photography is hard. In fact, all of your photos are great!


  8. frazgo on September 2nd, 2009 @ 7:53 am

    So where is this place? As often as I am in OC visiting the fam I’ve never run across it.


  9. Dandy (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2009 @ 8:00 am

    Its in Costa Mesa off of 17th street about a block from Newport Boulevard. Just down the street from Triangle Square.



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