Best Fresh Seafood Counter

Whole Foods Market

Members of Whole Foods Market's seafood-counter staff wear orange Grundéns bib overalls, just like seasoned commercial fisherman. These folks know their stuff, but there's not much you need to ask them. Each aquatic creature they sell is fronted by a placard detailing both the provenance (where it was caught) and method (how it was caught). On a recent afternoon, for example, the Atlantic squid was trawler caught, while the smelts were harvested with gill nets in the Great Lakes. The selection at Whole Foods is one of the most diverse in town, from baby octopus to swordfish to Mediterranean sea bass (branzini). It ain't the cheapest seafood counter, but if you check in regularly, you'll catch plenty of specials.

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