Update 2015-12-31: BayLobsters Fish Market is closed.
For my Four Fish Week posts, I needed to find a good fish market. I can find decent seafood at my local megamart, but when I want the best, I go to a fish market. I've been meaning to check out BayLobsters Fish Market in Twinsburg, and reading about sustainable seafood in Four Fish gave me the push I needed to make the trip.
I knew I was in the right place as soon as I opened the door. The briny, slightly sweet smell of high quality fish greeted me as I entered the store. That is my first test for a fish market - does it smell right? BayLobster sure does. The display case of fish is a work of art - whole fish and sides of fish, carefully arranged to show how beautiful they are. And, the place was hopping - it is clambake season and they were doing a brisk business. There was a steady stream of customers during the Friday lunch that I visited.
The customer service was excellent. I went in looking for Barramundi for last week's recipe. They didn't have any in stock, but ordered it for me and had it within the week. They are happy to cut fish to your specifications, explain what they have in stock, and answer all the questions I asked.
Looking for excellent fish? BayLobsters Fish Market has them for you.
And...BayLobsters has sponsored Jane Snow's weekly newsletter for as long as I can remember. Anyone who supports Jane deserves our support as well!
CLOSED: BayLobsters Fish Market
9224 Darrow Rd
Twinsburg, Ohio 44087
My top five list of favorite things they sell are, in no particular order:
1. Fish: It's what they do, and they do it very, very well. They had gorgeous tilapia, Alaskan salmon and halibut, mahi-mahi, trout, and many others in the fish case. They also have a large selection of frozen fish in their freezer case, if that's what you're looking for.
2. Shellfish: Clams, shrimp, oysters...you want it, they've got it. The U10 scallops were calling me; the only reason I didn't buy them is I knew I wouldn't have a chance to cook them before they went bad. I'm heading back there next week to pick some up.
3. Fish related products: They carry a lot of the ingredients you need to go with your fish - seasonings, toppings, coatings; sauces, oils and vinegars. I was pleasantly surprised to see them stocking Olive Tap oils at list price.
The guy cutting my fish said he loves to cook barramundi and top it with the lemon-infused olive oil. I'm going to have to try that one myself...
4. and 5. Did I mention the fish? I don't have five things today; I don't need them. This is a specialty shop, and what they do (seafood) they do very well. That's enough to make me a repeat customer.
Here's the map:
My list of Ethnic and Gourmet stores in the Akron, OH area.
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