If you'd like to add more fish to your diet, Atlanta has several places that make it easy and convenient to buy a wide variety of fresh fish and seafood. Fresh fish is likely to taste better, and you can often get extra services such as having your fish cleaned and filleted while you wait.
Fish provides many health-related benefits, since it's high in nutrients such as healthy omega-3 fats, vitamin D, selenium and protein, and provides a low amount of saturated fat.
When you buy locally, you can pick up some useful preparation tips from vendors. Fish can be a little intimidating to prepare, but it's actually quick and easy to fix at home.
Here are four places to buy fresh fish and seafood in Atlanta:
Buford Highway Farmers Market
5600 Buford Highway NE, Atlanta. 770-455-0770. aofwc.com.
The variety of seafood available reflects the ethnic diversity represented throughout the market. Choose from over 100 varieties of seafood, including salmon, octopus, snapper, sushi, lobster, blue crab and Dungeness crab. You can also pick from at least 10 types that are live in tanks, including mackerel, tuna, clams, oysters, sea bass and trout.
Individual portions are offered for some selections, but most fish are sold whole and then cut to your specifications. You'll be given a beeper so you can browse through the rest of the market and be alerted when your fish is ready.
DeKalb Farmers Market
3000 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-377-6400. dekalbfarmersmarket.com.
DeKalb Farmers Market has over 450 types of whole fish, fillets and shellfish of nearly every type, from Georgia-caught rainbow trout to live Dungeness crab from Colorado to swordfish and tuna from Costa Rica. Clean and prepare your fish at home or wait while you have it cleaned and filleted at the market. You can even pick out your own blue crabs from the tank.
Dubberly's Seafood, a third-generation fishing family, sells at venues such as Peachtree Road Farmer's Market and Tucker Farmer's Market. Dubberly's harvests, processes and provides Sweet Savannah Shrimp with heads on and off, as well as peeled and deveined shrimp and whole squid. Check the company's Facebook page for its schedule, which depends on its fishing schedule.
Super H Mart
Doraville, Duluth, Johns Creek, Riverdale and Suwanee locations.
This Korean-based chain of grocery stores has plenty of fresh fish like crawfish, shrimp, red snapper, mackerel and pike. You can have your fish cleaned and cut, and there's an area available where you can pack some ice to help keep your seafood fresh on the way home. And if you don't want to wait to eat, try one of the many interesting dishes offered in the food court area before buying your fish.
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