When Shopping For Or Eating Seafood, Volume Is King

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Sara Kerens
Sea Breeze Fish Market and Grill, the subject of this week's review, has had me thinking a lot about seafood and freshness. While the flesh of every animal begins to deteriorate the second that animal dies, seafood is the most fragile of animal proteins. Beef kept under refrigeration actually improves for a few weeks, as evidenced by the premium steakhouses require for dry-aged cuts. Dry-aged fish, on the other hand, doesn't have the same allure.

Cold-water fish spoil more quickly than warm-water fish. The enzymes that support their lifestyle are used to performing their daily functions at 40 degrees. Oily fish break down more quickly too. That's why mackerel can be a bit of a gamble at the sushi bar. Properly stored on ice, the cold-water, oily fish only stay in good condition for five days. Tilapia, on the other hand, a warm-water fish with very little oil, can go more than three weeks out of water. (But who wants to eat that?)

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Sara Kerens
So when a fisherman pulls any fish out of the water, it's an all-out race to get it onto someone's plate. Different species have different fishing methods, go through different auction and distribution systems, and end up behind grocery store counters, frozen in bags or thinly sliced and pressed on rice based on the price they command and the longevity of the fish, but the lowest common denominator for all fish is time.

That's why volume is so important at seafood shops and restaurants. Places that specialize in fish and that purchase and sell a lot of it don't typically have a lot of product sitting around for days. Check out their counters and you'll see black eyes, shiny skin and smooth flesh. Shop for seafood in most grocery stores and you'll see cloudy, glassy eyes, dry skin and fillets that have gotten ragged and mealy. Asian groceries are a great place to shop for fish because the customers who shop there buy a lot of it.

Once you've found a seafood counter you trust, see if they have anything to eat. That's how I found some of the best crabcake sandwiches in Maryland, and a pretty good lobster rolls in Plano.

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Look a fish in the eyes before you buy it.


Location Info

Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill

4017 Preston Road, Plano, TX

Category: Restaurant

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primi timpano
primi timpano

You have to get involved buying fish.  It's almost like buying a car..  My first question is "what arrived today?"  Lot's of places, e.g., WF, do not have daily deliveries.  Always, always ask to smell it before you buy.  Ask to look at the gills.  Like Scott says, the eyes should be clear.  Be suspicious of places without whole fish.  If you have a choice and the money, buy the whole over the filet.  Ask to have it gutted, scaled, fileted, and if it is not an oily fish, have the gills and eyes fully removed.  The carcass makes an excellent stock.

I personally have been pretty satisfied with CM, but am trying TJs tomorrow.

therrick
therrick

If you're looking for sushi quality fish to make your own, you can head over to Kazy's in Dallas. They supply a lot of the sushi joints around.

Mervis
Mervis

I like Talapia.   giggle

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Cap'n Dave's in Plano-Alma + Plano Parkway-hard by the mall....which would make an excellent space for a national league park!

On that thought-Rangers good for 88 wins, wild card loss. 

Cboswellcit101
Cboswellcit101

how about saying the whole name of the restraurant instead of some dumb abbreiviations that no one cares to understand?

jon from TJs
jon from TJs

 we agree with everything Scott says, although we'd add a "flip side".  volume through the market keeps fish fresh, but only if the buyer buys for the volume, and doesn't over buy.

don't trust a seafood market that doesn't run out of things.  if you are going to err on one side or the other, when it comes to seafood its better to run out of something than to over buy and try to sell bad/old fish.

NewsDog
NewsDog

The last time I tried to go to Cap'n Daves I didn't get in the door. I could smell the fish in the parking lot, and that is never a good sign. 

But I'm going fishing this weekend so I know it will be fresh. 

Storm_71
Storm_71

Red Sox good for 75 wins without a sniff of the playoffs.

Guesto
Guesto

 CM = central market. TJ = trader jims..

c'mon now..

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

that's not good....I thought about going to Arkansas this weekend to fish; like you say, so I know it will be fresh!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Nope, Sawx look better than last year......better leadership.  No Tek (good).  Staff will be great.  95 wins.

thank you!

DaTruth
DaTruth

Trader Joes dislikes your use of TJ

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

YUP, I look forward to Rangers, Sox, and all THE MLB games!  Then FOOOOOOTBALLLLLLLLLLLLL........life is good.

Mervis
Mervis

Terry F - 2 WS. Bobby V - 0 WS

We'll see. That's why they play the games though. Can't wait for opening day.

Mervis
Mervis

So you think Bobby V is better leadership? I guess he fits with the self-important blowhard image of the NE corridor. Birds of a feather......  ;)      Geaux Grangers!!!

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