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Best Place to Buy Fish Houston 2011 - Louisiana Foods Total Catch Market

Louisiana Foods Total Catch Market

4410 W. 12th St.

Houston, TX 77055


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Readers' Choice: Readers' Choice: Central Market
If fish is on the menu for Saturday night, you need to head to Louisiana Foods Total Catch Market, located near Loop 610 and the Katy Freeway. The tiny market peddles the Gulf's finest by-catch: creatures that are accidentally caught while fishermen are netting a different species. But at Total Catch, fish expert P.J. Stoops reinvents the so-called "trash fish," giving them the attention and filleting they deserve. Best of all, you'll know you're getting fish no one else is selling. He'll even teach you how to cook up the finned beauties. (They don't call him Professor Fish Heads for nothing.) Total Catch opens up at 9 a.m. every Saturday. Just be sure you get there before all the fish swim away by early afternoon. 
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I was kind of let down by the place. After I finally figured out it is not the 12th street in the Heights nor 12 1/2 I went there during the week and there was one fish there and kind of Long John Silver'd deal for about 3 people in the display at one of those warehouse strip center stores you find in Houston. But once I got there it was easy to find, the place smelled like fish from a distance so I just followed my nose... maybe I just went on a bad day? But went to Central Market instead and got some great Atlantic Salmon at $10 a pound. And everyone was pretty uniform, snapped back at me and looked clean. Just based on that difference I gotta say I have to go with the reader's choice.