Fresh Seafood Markets in Broward and Palm Beach
There's buying fish from a commercial chain grocery store, and then there's buying fish from a local fish market. If you've ever walked past your local supermarket fish department and gasped for air, you know exactly what I mean.
Especially after recent concerns of area fish fraud and mislabeling, we decided it was time to find a few local fresh seafood markets that would be able to alleviate such concerns.
Here, our list of fresh seafood markets in Broward and Palm Beach counties:
Palm Beach County Seafood Markets
Cod & Capers in Palm Beach Gardens has been owned and operated by Florida fisherman Steve Gyland for more than two decades. It has one of the largest seafood selections I've seen -- in Florida or anywhere else -- and covers local and farmed fish sourced from only the best. Take the organic salmon from Ireland, where -- unlike in the U.S. -- seafood can carry an organic label. Curious about other catches? Information about where Gyland purchases each fish is available for customers to view anytime. The new location's eat-in restaurant is an added bonus, and the prepared food section features a plethora of special and secret recipes including his Blue Bird potato salad, a banana-pepper-spiked version from the Blue Bird Cafe on Kit Island in the Bahamas. 1201 U.S. 1 North Palm Beach; 561-622-0963; codandcapers.com.
Fresh Catch Seafood Market & Grill in West Palm Beach isn't called "fresh catch" for nothing. It's not unusual to find truly fresh-caught local snapper or dolphin, which can be fried for you right on the spot. This place also offers some of the best regional and homestyle fish recipes in the area, and sides are equally delicious, including a cucumber salad that's to die for. 2501 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-833-8998.
Neptune Fish Market in Lake Worth has 50 feet worth of fresh seafood -- and a wall of saltwater tanks for lobsters and crab. The place also has some of the best smoked fish and crab dip around. 531 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth; 561-585-8844.
Fish Depot in Boynton Beach is such a unique building, you can't miss it. The bright, sky blue stucco facade houses a great assortment of fresh (whole) fish caught locally and packed in large ice bins for you to see and smell for yourself. There's also plenty of other seafood, including fresh-caught local lobsters and shellfish delivered daily. The customer service is stellar, and it's rumored the crab cakes in the prepared food section are some of the best around. 1022 North Federal Highway, Boynton Beach; 561-375-8363.
Captain Frank's Seafood in Boynton Beach is the perfect spot to snag some fresh Florida lobsters now that season is upon us. Or if you want live soft shell crabs, fresh Cape Canaveral shrimp, pumpkin swordfish, spear-caught hog snapper -- and more. "The Captain" was the grandfather of market founder Richard Parsons, who opened the Boynton location in 1986 as a sister location to his family's original in New York. Today, Joey Sclafani has made it his mission to make the Captain one of the best fish markets in South Florida. Unlike most markets that limit their selection to certain catches, Captain's has a few hard-to-finds most others don't carry: Chilean sea bass, bay scallops, cobia, or sushi-grade tuna. 435 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach; 561-732-3663.
Captain Clay's and Sons in Delray Beach is a small, locally known establishment from the Clay family, which has been fishing our local waters for many years. The real Captain Clay is a Florida native, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain, an avid fisherman, and a gourmet cook -- what a mouthful. Clay, who also has his commercial fishing license, has been catching and preparing fish for most of his life and offers you the same service he'll give family and friends. That's why, at his market, most of the fish you'll find was caught locally from his own boat. Clay's is a favorite of Sweetwater Bar & Grill owner Clint Reed, who visits the market for his restaurant's seafood specials. 308 NE Fourth St., Delray Beach; 561-266-2068.
Old Dixie Seafood in Boca Raton is known for a few things, especially its smoked marlin dip and incredible (yes, really good) mustard dipping sauce for all variety of seafood -- especially crab. Brothers Larry and Kerry Siemsen opened the market in 1995. Its wide variety of fresh and frozen seafood is sourced globally, and even though the "old"-style shop looks dated, the market was featured among the "Best of Boca" in Boca magazine's 2008 "best of" issue. Accolades aside, Old Dixie truly is among the "best" seafood markets in South Florida. 7000 N. Dixie Highway, Boca Raton; 561-988-0866; olddixieseafood.com.
Broward County Seafood Markets
Pop's Fish Market in Deerfield Beach is a favorite for locals and nearby residents who love everything from the reasonable prices and amazing selection to the sparkling-clean interior and helpful, friendly staff. This '50s-decorated hole in the wall also sports a small market for lunch and eat-in dishes prepared onsite. The portions are generous, and the fish sandwiches, fish and chips, and blackened tuna tacos are crowd favorites. Small dining area aside, it's a great place to grab a snack while shopping for dinner. 131 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach; 954-427-1331; popsfishmarket.com.
Fish Peddler East in Fort Lauderdale is a favorite of Pizza Fusion owner and Kapow! Noodle Bar partner Vaughan Lazar. The interior is bright and cheery, filled with colorful nautical décor, and the staff is equally fabulous. In addition to a large selection of fresh seafood, the store features a large selection of rubs, sauces, spices, and other specialty goods like gourmet vinegars and cedar wood planks for grilling your catch of choice. Locals and repeat customers can't stop raving about the fresh-fried shrimp and housemade scampi butter. Oh, and the homemade Key lime pie is definitely the perfect, not-too-sweet ending. 2805 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale; 954-491-1441.
Captain Mike's in Fort Lauderdale is the best place to go if you're looking for something other than your typical seafood fare. Like what, you ask? Try Captain Mike's the next time you're in the mood for specialty items like gator, eel, sepia, boudin, frog legs, seaweed, squid Ink, snail, or finnan haddie (cold-smoked haddock from Scotland). Of course, the market also has a large selection of fresh and frozen items, as well as live Maine lobsters, blue and golden crabs, and crawdads. Can't decide? Mike's hot-to-go buckets make it easy to pick up a fresh-cooked favorite, including its "famous" four-pound bucket of garlic crab. 4501 SW 44th Ave., Dania Beach; 954-791-2955; captainmikesfreshfish.com.
Finster Murphy's in Fort Lauderdale -- which recently celebrated its one-year grand opening anniversary -- offers a premium selection of fish and seafood. It also has a number of seafood dishes prepared daily, including seafood salad and conch salads, crab cakes, and tuna and salmon burgers. It will also cook your fish for you after you buy it, everything from grilled and fried to blackened and sautéed. 1497 SE 17th St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-765-3461.
Triar Seafood in Hollywood has been featured in the Miami Herald, New York Times, and Gourmet for its stellar service and product as well as the market owner's interesting backstory. Be sure to call Triar before heading to the store to find out what the fresh catch of the day will be. You may find yourself stopping by for red mullet, barramundi (Australian sea bass), bronzini (Mediterranean sea bass), strawberry grouper, turbot (those funny-looking flatfish), or Tasmanian steelhead (a type of ocean trout). Besides from one of the most impressive seafood selections you'll ever lay eyes on, there's also a good selection of high-end products like caviar and tobiko, the flying fish roe you see on sushi. 2046 McKinley St., Hollywood; 954-921-1113; triarseafood.com.
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