I did some seafood shopping this weekend. Crab was on the menu for Sat. night so I thought I'd seize the learning opportunity.
I stopped by United Noodle on the drive home from work. Gotta say I was pretty disappointed by the fresh seafood options. UN is probably the cleanest asian market I've visited in the twin cities so props for that. They also have an extensive freezer selection so you may be able to find what you want there. The fresh options, though, consisted of 2-3 trays of shrimp and a couple different choices of fillet. Didn't see any whole fish and there is no live tank. Nice enough place but I can't say there is any reason I'd need to go back.
Still without crab, I visited my neighborhood favorite, Dragon Star, at around 11:00 Saturday a.m.. They still had a large section of their live tank dedicated to Dungeness crabs - now for only $3.99/lb! They also had lobster in the tank for $9.99/lb. I didn't survey the other fish/shellfish options too closely since I was crabbing but I do have a couple observations:
- live catfish and tilapia in the tank
- several fish choices on ice on tables in the butcher section. I saw fillet-ish looking pieces that were labeled "Ray" or something like that. Also some Red Snapper which looked marginally decent.
- a box of Dungeness crab priced at $1.99/lb. Not much ice in the box and _no_ movement among the inhabitants.
- several different sizes/types of shrimp on ice
I was quite happy with the crab - we did a newspaper-on-the-table style crab pick for the first course Sat night. I continue to stand by my opinion that Dragon Star is a place worth shopping for fish IF you're willing to walk out empty handed when nothing looks 'right'. The live tank is always there but if you absolutely have to have Red Snapper, you probably want to visit (or pre-order from) Coastal.