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Top Fish Markets In Philadelphia

November 30, 2013 7:00 AM

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file photo (Credit: Phil Walter/Getty Images)

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Fish is overall a healthy food because of its high protein, low fat and digestibility factor. It’s full of good healthy fats known as monounsaturated or omegas, the same type in avocados, olive oil and walnuts. Ideally, you should include fish in your diet two to three times a week. Wild-caught fish at local markets will have better variety, and you can talk to the fish monger about where the fish came from and the many ways you can prepare it. Here are some of the top fish markets in Philadelphia.

Anastasi Seafood
Italian Market
1101 S. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 462-0550
www.anastasiseafood.com

Not only is Anastasi a seafood market that serves foods it cooks and prepares, it also serves adult beverages. Anastasi has a happy hour Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and boasts some of the freshest seafood in the area. While exceptionally fresh seafood is not usually associated with Philly, places like this have earned the right to be called the freshest around. The Italian Market is open from Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. So if fish isn’t the only thing you want, you can grab a nice variety of other items as well.

Cameron’s Seafood Market
906 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 765-1000
www.cameronsseafood.com

Sometimes, you want to hit the seafood market and pick up some dishes that are already prepared. Cameron’s has a wide variety of fresh fish, but it also has a menu of cooked foods. Soups, broiled fishes like flounder and dips are made on site. You will need to call ahead for a large order, or if you don’t like to wait. Numerous customers have stated that the food here is so good that there are walls of people waiting for their orders at any given time.

Darigo’s Fish Market
Italian Market Area
1015 S. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-2232

Darigo’s has a wide variety of fish, some types you may have never heard of. It also has plenty of favorites like mussels, clams and squid for you to take home for dinner. The staff here is very friendly and knowledgeable and takes great care to be extremely sanitary, lining the displays with plastic wrap rather than just ice. This fish market offers full fish mongering services and will fillet and prepare your fish however you like it (scales on or off, head on or off, etc).

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Ippolito’s
1300 Dickinson St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 389-8906
www.ippolitoseafood.biz

Ippolito’s seems to be one of the most popular and beloved fish markets in the Philadelphia area, offering a wide variety of fish that can be prepared for you any way you like. It also sells other market items like dairy products, produce and meats to accompany your dishes. You can even enjoy a meal or sushi from the counter while your fish is being prepared. In the mood from some fresh oysters for lunch? Ippolito’s can prepare you some on the spot.


Spring Garden Market

400 Spring Garden St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 928-1288

Asian fish markets in the city are very popular for their variety and freshness, as well as their prices. Plus, they can sometimes be the best place to find certain Asian spices. Spring Garden Market also carries organic green vegetables and pantry items. Customers love the very reasonable prices and the fact that this market has its own free parking lot, a huge perk with parking being the challenge that it is.

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Christina Dagnelli is a freelance writer in Philadelphia and the author of Little Squares with Colors: A Different way to look at autism. Her work on examiner can be found here Examiner.com.

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