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I had been buying all my sashimi-grade fish from Sushifoods.com, however the order I was going to place today would have been close to $140 shipping on about $300 worth of fish. This seems to be getting out of hand.

Then I started thinking about it and realized that some of the items actually originate on the east coast (where I am), and have been shipped from here to there, and then back again.

Does anybody have any suggestions for where I could find really excellent fish on the East Coast, that wouldn't involve paying for any unnecessary cross-country FedEX trips?

I'm looking for Salmon, Ahi, a little otoro if they actually have any, some nice unadulterated scallops and Hamachi.

Anything in Central NY, Syracuse, Rochester, etc. would be wonderful, although pretty much anywhere in the northeast would be good if they ship FedEx.

Anybody have any ideas?

Thanks!

Terry

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Several years ago, Sysco Syracuse had a program that would suit your needs. I bought products that were unbelievable and thought only to be on the "left" coast from them.

I'm not sure if they still run it but it worth a shot. Then again if you have a Wegmans nearby.... They have and always do what ever you need of them. In fact they were the only place in Rochester (Geneseo) that I was able to find Wasabi Paste, Pickled Pink Ginger and Nori wrappers.
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Harris Teeters grocery stores also sell sashimi grade fish. That's where I always go when I need good quality fresh seafood.
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Thanks, I'll check them both out.

I'm not sure if Sysco would sell to me, I only buy maybe $800/year in fish, and they seem to be wholesale only.

Wegmans is nearby and their produce is astonishing (it's actually usually nicer than the farmer's market). I'll go talk to the fish guy.

Thanks!

Terry
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I never heard back from Sysco (probably don't spend enough to make it worth their time), but I did stop by Wegmans in Dewitt, and talked to the Seafood Manager.

He told me exactly when everything was coming in (which is almost every day) and what arrives fresh and what arrives frozen. I stopped in on Thursday and picked up 1/2 of a Yellowfin Tuna, a side of Wild Alaskan King Salmon, some Scallops and IQF still-frozen shrimp.

The stuff is phenonimal, and is every bit as good as their produce (which is generally better than the farmer's market). They were very nice about getting me fish from the cooler instead of the fish that''s already been cut up for display.

The only downside is that they don't have Hamachi (Japanese Amberjack), but considering that I saved way over 1/2 of what it would cost to get it from sushifoods in CA, I'm very happy.

Thanks for the idea to try them! I had always thought of supermarket fish as not sashimi-quality, but I was wrong.

Sushifoods has been very nice to me over the years, but saving $200 on a $400 order and not losing any quality is a great deal any way you look at it.

Terry
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