Fresh Seafood Markets in Broward and Palm Beach

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There's buying fish from a commercial chain grocery store, and then there's buying fish from a local fish market. If you've ever walked past your local supermarket fish department and gasped for air, you know exactly what I mean.

Especially after recent concerns of area fish fraud and mislabeling, we decided it was time to find a few local fresh seafood markets that would be able to alleviate such concerns.

Here, our list of fresh seafood markets in Broward and Palm Beach counties:

Palm Beach County Seafood Markets

Cod & Capers in Palm Beach Gardens has been owned and operated by Florida fisherman Steve Gyland for more than two decades. It has one of the largest seafood selections I've seen -- in Florida or anywhere else -- and covers local and farmed fish sourced from only the best. Take the organic salmon from Ireland, where -- unlike in the U.S. -- seafood can carry an organic label. Curious about other catches? Information about where Gyland purchases each fish is available for customers to view anytime. The new location's eat-in restaurant is an added bonus, and the prepared food section features a plethora of special and secret recipes including his Blue Bird potato salad, a banana-pepper-spiked version from the Blue Bird Cafe on Kit Island in the Bahamas. 1201 U.S. 1 North Palm Beach; 561-622-0963; codandcapers.com.

Fresh Catch Seafood Market & Grill in West Palm Beach isn't called "fresh catch" for nothing. It's not unusual to find truly fresh-caught local snapper or dolphin, which can be fried for you right on the spot. This place also offers some of the best regional and homestyle fish recipes in the area, and sides are equally delicious, including a cucumber salad that's to die for. 2501 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561-833-8998.

Neptune Fish Market in Lake Worth has 50 feet worth of fresh seafood -- and a wall of saltwater tanks for lobsters and crab. The place also has some of the best smoked fish and crab dip around. 531 N. Dixie Highway, Lake Worth; 561-585-8844.

Fish Depot in Boynton Beach is such a unique building, you can't miss it. The bright, sky blue stucco facade houses a great assortment of fresh (whole) fish caught locally and packed in large ice bins for you to see and smell for yourself. There's also plenty of other seafood, including fresh-caught local lobsters and shellfish delivered daily. The customer service is stellar, and it's rumored the crab cakes in the prepared food section are some of the best around. 1022 North Federal Highway, Boynton Beach; 561-375-8363.

Captain Frank's Seafood in Boynton Beach is the perfect spot to snag some fresh Florida lobsters now that season is upon us. Or if you want live soft shell crabs, fresh Cape Canaveral shrimp, pumpkin swordfish, spear-caught hog snapper -- and more. "The Captain" was the grandfather of market founder Richard Parsons, who opened the Boynton location in 1986 as a sister location to his family's original in New York. Today, Joey Sclafani has made it his mission to make the Captain one of the best fish markets in South Florida. Unlike most markets that limit their selection to certain catches, Captain's has a few hard-to-finds most others don't carry: Chilean sea bass, bay scallops, cobia, or sushi-grade tuna. 435 W. Boynton Beach Blvd., Boynton Beach; 561-732-3663.

Captain Clay's and Sons in Delray Beach is a small, locally known establishment from the Clay family, which has been fishing our local waters for many years. The real Captain Clay is a Florida native, a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain, an avid fisherman, and a gourmet cook -- what a mouthful. Clay, who also has his commercial fishing license, has been catching and preparing fish for most of his life and offers you the same service he'll give family and friends. That's why, at his market, most of the fish you'll find was caught locally from his own boat. Clay's is a favorite of Sweetwater Bar & Grill owner Clint Reed, who visits the market for his restaurant's seafood specials. 308 NE Fourth St., Delray Beach; 561-266-2068.

Old Dixie Seafood in Boca Raton is known for a few things, especially its smoked marlin dip and incredible (yes, really good) mustard dipping sauce for all variety of seafood -- especially crab. Brothers Larry and Kerry Siemsen opened the market in 1995. Its wide variety of fresh and frozen seafood is sourced globally, and even though the "old"-style shop looks dated, the market was featured among the "Best of Boca" in Boca magazine's 2008 "best of" issue. Accolades aside, Old Dixie truly is among the "best" seafood markets in South Florida. 7000 N. Dixie Highway, Boca Raton; 561-988-0866; olddixieseafood.com.


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