Originally Posted by jet
what are the seven thieves fg?
what you think of santa monica seafood? i'm concerned about the mislabeling of fish etc everywhere
the "seven thieves" was the pejorative commercial fishermen used for what used to be seven seafood distributors that worked out of the san pedro harbor. now, i think there are only two and maybe only 1 1/2, really. but "1 1/2 half thieves" doesn't have the same ring (though the lack of competition means they're even tougher on price).
Santa Monica Seafood has good fish, but they charge a Santa Monica premium. You can find at least as good fish at much more reasonable prices at Mitsuwa, the Japanese grocery.
mislabeling of fish is indemic and, in fact, in many cases is accepted culture. There has never been anything like Red Snapper on the West Coast. Or Dover Sole (unless it's been airfreighted in). what happened was back in the day, merchants would label the fish with the closest east coast analog to let people know how to prepare it. it's another thing entirely, of course, when they use those labels to extract a higher price.