Whether you’re looking for whole fish, pre-cut fillets, or something more difficult to find, Philly has plenty of options for all your seafood needs.
We wrote last year about Philly’s great seafood revival — how for a city surrounded by so much water (and so close to the ocean) there’s comparatively few great seafood places and not many ways to get your hands on the best stuff from the shore. But with a city-wide renewed interest in seafood (plus the pandemic, which, you know, greatly improved access to restaurant-quality ingredients for home cooks) came some excellent new options for buying seafood. Here are the spots we turn to.
Small World Seafood, multiple locations
Robert Amar’s seafood pick-up program started as a way to supply pandemic groceries to his neighbors and has ballooned into a full-blown company. Sign up for his weekly emails, where he takes you through the week’s offerings, then preorder for pickup at one of his Thursday or Friday delivery locations.
Samuels Seafood, South Philly
Some of the best sushi and seafood-centric restaurants in Philadelphia get their fish from Samuel’s, which should be an indication of the quality of their product. If you’re looking for something special, like eel or cockles, they’re the people to call. Walk into their South Philly market, or get home delivery through Giuseppe’s Market, what they call the customer-facing side of their operation.
Anastasi Seafood, Italian Market
Anastasi is both market and restaurant, so you can go in for a meal, and leave with your next meal. They offer some pre-made seafood salads, along with well-priced fresh and frozen items that they’re happy to advise you on how to cook.
Marco’s Fish Market, Italian Market
When Queer Eye came to Philly several years ago, they helped Marcos Tlacopilco expand from Marco’s Fish Market to Alma Del Mar, the seafood-heavy Mexican spot in the Italian Market. But the fish market is still open, and the seafood is fresh, affordably priced, and sold by some of the friendliest folks in the neighborhood.
John Yi Fish Market, Center City
Located inside Reading Terminal Market, John Yi seafood is a long-time staple of the city. For close to 40 years, they’ve been dishing out fish, shellfish, fresh and cooked lobster, and plenty of ready-to-cook dishes to help you get dinner on the table quickly.
Hung Vuong Food Market, South Philly
If you know what you’re looking for, Hung Vuong is a great spot for very fresh, very affordable seafood. In the back of the store, the seafood section is semi-self serve, and you’ll need a strong backbone to get to the front of the line. Simply grab a plastic basket, load it up with whatever you want, and then hand it to one of the guys working behind the counter. If you’re buying whole fish, be sure to ask them to clean it for you, unless you want to make a huge mess in your own home.
Fishadelphia, multiple locations
For people who love seafood and are open to trying some new types, Fishadelphia’s seafood club is a great option. For $24 a week, you’ll pick up a regular delivery of New Jersey seafood. Choose between whole fish (which you’ll have to clean yourself) or fillets, and get ready to cook. Pick-up locations are available all over the city.
H Mart, multiple locations
This chain of high-end Korean grocery stores are consistently stocked with excellent seafood, making it worth the drive to one of the city’s three nearby stores. Find octopus, catfish, squid, all kinds of shrimp, and much more. They’ll clean and even fillet whole fish for you, so be sure to ask.
Philadelphia Caviar Co., home delivery
If you’re going to splash out for caviar, you want the best. Philadelphia Caviar Co. has the best. All sourced from within the U.S. and delivered directly to your home along with potato chips, creme fraiche, and other classic caviar accoutrements.
Fishtown Seafood Company, home delivery
Fishtown Seafood is the latest addition to the direct-to-consumer seafood space in the city. Though they don’t focus on local products, they offer high-level traceability that guarantees quality and freshness. Plus, there’s no minimum order for delivery.