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Old 12-21-2010, 01:40 PM
 
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We just moved to the New Orleans area, and were seduced by rumors of being able to buy seafood "right off the boat". We live in Metairie & see seafood markets on almost every corner. Are these the types of places to get the freshest local catch, or is there an even better place for seafood straight from the sea?
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Old 12-21-2010, 02:15 PM
 
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It's a long drive, but you used to be able to drive down near the mouth of the river where the shrimpers, etc., dock. Not sure since Katrina. Plan on 1+ hr each way.
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Old 12-21-2010, 03:37 PM
 
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the local dealers will be your best bet--they each usually have their own suppliers, so unless/until someone can chime in about one in the metairie area to recommend, your best bet would be just to try a few of them out and see who you like best. There was a shrimper who used to just drive our neighborhood with his truck full of ice chests and a scale--dems was some fresh shrimp, yesiree. doubt you'll see sth. like that in metairie, though.
when I was living in Cleveland, I used Sal's Riverside Seafood to order bags of fresh crawfish and was never disappointed. I think he is in Kenner (and there are several "Sal's" in the area who sell seafood).
Bucktown was also a traditional place for seafood--deanies, for example, but I don't know that they're any better than a good local supplier.

you will occasionally see people set up roadside stands, too (both for vegetables and seafood); they would be worth trying out, but basically I would say try to find a local place and then build a relationship with them--and they'll let you know what's fresh if they know you're a good loyal customer. Rouses supermarkets are pretty good too.
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:49 PM
 
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There was a good one around Clearview and W. Esplanade, can't remember the name. On the Lake side of W. Esplanade and the Kenner side of the street, which was parallel to Clearview. I went there for years.
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:57 PM
 
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If you want to travel over to Kenner, Fisherman's Cove on Williams Blvd has always been trusty for local crawfish and shrimp for us. Everything has always been fresh catch - their fish is excellent also - however, we haven't been there since the spill. Not sure if they're using other sources but I think they're honest enough to tell you the truth if you ask.

We've had luck with random shrimp trucks too. There was one that used to park at W. Esplanade and Clearview where the produce stand is, but I haven't seen him in awhile. The one we've used normally hangs out around Veterans and Power Blvd./David Dr. in the springtime.
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Old 12-21-2010, 07:41 PM
 
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And there's the shrimp lot in Westwego on the Westbank Expressway.
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:09 PM
 
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If you want to travel over to Kenner, Fisherman's Cove on Williams Blvd has always been trusty for local crawfish and shrimp for us. Everything has always been fresh catch - their fish is excellent also - however, we haven't been there since the spill. Not sure if they're using other sources but I think they're honest enough to tell you the truth if you ask.

We've had luck with random shrimp trucks too. There was one that used to park at W. Esplanade and Clearview where the produce stand is, but I haven't seen him in awhile. The one we've used normally hangs out around Veterans and Power Blvd./David Dr. in the springtime.
I haven't purchased fresh from Fisherman's Cove, but eaten at the restaurant next door. Good stuff!
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Old 01-11-2011, 12:28 AM
 
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I second the Westwego lot.

Also go to the Bonnable boat launch at Lake Ponchatrai. Should be a few shrimp boats docked there. Should also be a group of old men playing cards and drinking beer that own the boats. They will tell you when they go out and shrimp. Plus some of them crab during the summer months.

You're going to have a hard time finding fresh fish because with the limits they're allowed to catch most don't fish anymore.

You can head down to Yscloskey on Highway 46 south of St Bernard and find boats that sell to the public. Or you can go down Highway 1 heading to Grand Isle and find seafood supply houses.

Best thing to do is ask around with the people you meet. Most locals have friends or family members who sell fresh seafood.

All the local seafood markets sell fresh seafood. You will have to call around to find the type of seafood you want because not all sell the same thing.

Schaefer's in Bucktown sells fresh fish along with boiled seafood, sack oysters etc.

But as far as a good variety the Westwego lot will have more selections on crabs, fish, and shrimp. Try and get there early because you will get the larger seafood.


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Old 01-11-2011, 12:33 AM
 
Location: Destrehan, Louisiana
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There was a good one around Clearview and W. Esplanade, can't remember the name. On the Lake side of W. Esplanade and the Kenner side of the street, which was parallel to Clearview. I went there for years.

Dennis Seafood Market, he's still there and always has large crayfish.

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Old 02-21-2011, 08:34 PM
 
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I am coming up from Lake City FL and heading through Louisiana then back to Missouri, where would be the best place for me to purchase fresh off the boat seafood at a reasonable price
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