Seabose Grocery, Sushi & Seafoods
2760 Trinity Mills Road #102
Carrollton, TX 75006
After reading a previous thread on Chowhound concerning where to buy the freshest fish in Dallas, I followed up on the several mentions of Seabose Grocery by fellow Hounds. In the eternal quest to find top quality sushi in Dallas without spending "Yutaka Cash", a fellow work colleague and I headed North on the Tollway this past Tuesday at Noon to check out Seabose Grocery.
Be warned, this is a Japanese grocery shop specializing in fresh fish that just happens to also sell sushi to go . . . unless you want to sit on the floor or eat in your car out front there's absolutely no seating in the shop.
According to the young girl manning the cash register (very friendly and pretty easy to communicate with) Seabose gets their fish every Tuesday and Friday mornings. The shop's refrigerator sections were loaded with all sorts of goodies like Uni ($99.99 per lb) and Toro ($29.99 per lb). Sushi to go menus are posted on the wall behind the cash register up front and they have printed menus that you can take home. My friend and I ordered a wide variety of nigiri and a few rolls but we were told it would be a 30 minute wait for our food as the (lone) sushi chef was backed up with large phone-in orders. In the future I'll definitely call ahead. The prices are dirt cheap, but more importantly, the quality of the fish was outstanding. I sampled Sweet Shrimp (bummer they didn't fry up the head) - $2, Fatty Tuna - $2, Amberjack - $1.75, Japanese Yellowtail - $1.75, Uni - $3, Octopus - $1 and Salmon Roe - $1.75 (note: all aforementioned prices are per piece). Other menu highlights include a lunch combo (chef's choice of 5 pieces of nigiri & a tuna roll) for $7.99, a sushi platter (32 pieces of nigiri & 2 rolls) for $38.99 and a sashimi platter (7 pieces of nine different types of fish) for $57.99.
In summary, Seabose is an outstanding hidden gem for sushi lovers on a budget. I'd recommend calling your order ahead (they have a fax line so they might be willing to fax over a copy of their menu - otherwise just drive over and grab one). Speaking for myself, I typically spend $100 at a sushi restaurant for my fiance and I (and we only drink water and hot tea). For about half that price, I'll be able to pick up a boatload of top quality sushi on the way home from work (they close at 7pm T-F). If you're skilled in cutting your own sushi, the grocery fish items represent an even better deal (6 pieces of Uni for $9.99, a slab of fatty tuna that could be cut into ten pieces of sashimi for $10.50 etc).