I have gone to several Houston retail fish stores only to find old fish. Sunken and glazed eyes, whithered finds and gills, even slimy scales. What is the deal?
I went by J&J on Stella Link, mentioned recently by Robb Walsh in the Houston Press. Since I fish the bays, I was thrilled to hear they sold croaker, flounder, redfish, and snapper. (Snapper is a deep water fish that can be found off in the Gulf). Even drum.
Almost all of it looked lousy, and some looked like it should be thrown out. I didn't weather the crowds at J&J to buy. If they don't have fresh looking fish on a Friday afternoon, I don't know when they would.
About two years ago I went into Connie's, on I 45, which I also heard was good. Connies, which now has a name change (Mannie's?), is a combo retail and fast-food Mexican seafood restaurant. The fresh local fish on ice also looked miserable.
Last week I went into Hong Kong Seafood Market on Bellaire. They have a huge seafood area. I went on the Sunday, which is not a fair way to judge a seafood market. But the stuff looked awful. I couldn't believe they were selling some of it.
Whole Foods sells good looking (and expensive) fish. I hear Airline Seafood on Alabama ? is good. I hear good things about a fish wholesaler on Bissonnet. But these other, inexpensive places, weren't any good.