Top Choice Fish Market & Eatery has opened recently at 6118 Paseo Del Norte in Carlsbad. Located next to Tip Top Meats the Top Choice Fish shares the same owners as the famous butcher shop and German market.
The interior is simple and clean as one would expect from a fish market. It is divided into two sides. The retail market and the eatery.
The fish case.
The quality of ingredients is apparent. Perfect flesh and also perfect butchery. All fish are provided by San Diego’s very own Catalina Offshore Products.
They also have a selection of whole fish. Every fish I saw head the clearest eyes.
The one at the bottom of the middle row looks pissed.
In addition they carry shellfish as well as a freezer case of other items like fish heads.
Taking a note from the butchery next store Top Choice Fish offers consumers the opportunity to buy 8oz cuts of fish and have it cooked and paired with two sides for cost of purchase plus $5. This what I came here for.
I selected a beautiful piece of Opah for my lunch.
Opah, grilled medium rare with coleslaw, Spanish rice, and a small salad
Perfect medium rare, as asked for.
They offer a number of cooking styles and bastes. You could have Salmon fried fish and chips if so desired. In addition a selection of seafood gumbos, and chowders are also able to be purchased.
The prices vary by choice of fish but my Opah plate came to about $15. I was happy with that. The quality of product and cooking would stand up to any restaurant kitchen worth their weight. The sides were a let down, not bad just OK. Because it is a market there is no sales tax on most items.
The fishmongers were on point but the staff, though nice, was still a little bit green. I noticed a few order mistakes, which were quickly and appropriately handled. All in all a great lunch.
There is now North County access to the same great seafood products used by San Diego’s best Chefs. Now just because you have a paint brush does not mean you are gonna be Picasso, but at least now you have a really good paint brush.
I drew a Opah.
6118 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad
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