Saturday, February 12, 2011

Market Fisheries

This [VIDEO] is of Market Fisheries located @ 7129 S. State Street. Captured in a video from The Grid, a new video series by Gaper's Block. They also provided an article from July 2009 by Rick Kogan about this establishment:
It will not remind you of the pristine fish displays at Whole Foods or whichever supermarket you visit, but the seafood at Market Fisheries is a wonder to behold and, to hear tell, pretty tasty once it has been taken home and cooked.

On most days the tiny shop at 7129 S. State St., hard by the Dan Ryan Expressway, is jammed with shoppers, each holding a numbered piece of paper signifying his or her place in a line that often snakes out the door and each ogling as many as 25 species of fresh fish, as well as oysters, chicken and all manner of frozen fish.

"I'll have 20 pounds of chicken wings," George Thornton shouted before turning to tell us, "I just bought 20 pounds two days ago. This is barbecue season, and it's like I'm feeding my whole neighborhood."
Catfish is the most popular item. Stay in the shop long enough and you will learn that older customers prefer channel catfish. They will tell you that "farm-raised catfish just doesn't taste right, though the younger people seem to like it just fine."

Henry Humphrey, the man in the glasses and hat in Osgood's photograph, is 94 and has been coming to the store almost since the day it opened in 1957. Another customer, Jacob Niles, said, "I first came here with my grandmother, every Saturday, 30 years ago. I never eat fish in restaurants because I don't know where that fish came from or how old it is."

The fish here are not dressed up as they are in the chilled glass cases of supermarkets. But they all -- boneless buffalo fish, smelt, whitefish, trout, walleye pike, shrimp, bass, red snapper, tilapia ... we hope you get the idea -- look as fresh as if just caught, lying together in small tubes nestled in ice.
Have anyone reading this blog, been to this establishment. Do you have any feedback to offer for those who have never been?

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