This afternoon, after a pit stop at The Weaving Works it was time for me to do a little food shopping for the week.
Instead of heading out to Whole Foods on Roosevelt or go to the nearest meat counter at a local supermarket, I stopped instead at my favorite poultry and seafood shop north of downtown, University Seafood and Poultry Co.
These people have been in business for over 60 years and they know their birds, fish and shellfish (their mussels and Dungeness crab are fantastic!) like nobody's business.
This is the place I stop by when I'm shopping for poussin, quail or pheasant. They also carry top shelf guinea hen, duck, duck breast, duck confit, venison, rabbit and squab. During the holidays fresh organic turkeys don't get any better than the one you can order from them.
Today I took home some chicken and duck confit while my friend F opted for the beautiful chicken livers and poussin.
The fish looked so good (black cod, troll caught wild salmon and yellow tail) that I might have to go back later in the week for a few more things. They have a great selection of oysters too.
So next time you make your way to the U-District Farmers Market and want some fish, poultry or game to go with those gorgeous vegetables I highly recommend you stop by this great little shop.
Here, the staff is knowledgeable, the service is no nonsense, with great prices and fantastic quality meats and fish. And not only will they sell you the bird or dish or shellfish but tell you how to cook it. You can't beat that!
The shop also carries wine, eggs and a few essentials to prepare your crab boil, garnish your seafood platter and prepare that cocktail sauce.
Old-fashioned shops like these are hard to find nowadays in these big box, big market times. Supporting local merchants that specialize in additive free fish and local poultry such as the Erickson family makes not only a lot of sense but it is an investment in keeping this great tradition alive and well in our city.
I'm all for that.
University Seafood and Poultry Co
1317 N.E. 47th St.
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206-632-3700, 206-632-3900
Mon-Fri 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Sat 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.