Line caught, Hawaii.
Ono means "good to eat" in the Hawaiian language. Its alternative name, wahoo, is a phonetic spelling of "Oahu."
Although it is a relative of king mackerel, ono has a much different flavor profile. This fish is lean and has a firm, meaty, almost steak-like texture. It is especially good grilled, but can be poached, sautéed, baked, or broiled. Seafood Watch rates it a "Good Alternative." Higher mercury level. Kosher.
1 lb. for $17.50
-- Grilled Ono with Tomato Sauce (Bobby Flay)
-- Baked Ono (Wahoo) with Gremolata (HOF)
Wild Striped Bass
Hook and line caught, East coast.
Forty years ago the East Coast striped bass fishery was nearly decimated by overfishing and pollution but the fishery is now well managed by the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass.
Compared to farmed striped bass, the wild variety we have selected is larger, richer, and slightly sweet in flavor. It has a firm, large flake. It can be baked, grilled, steamed, and sautéed. If you like crispy skin, the skin of striped bass is a must-try. Seafood Watch rates it a "Best Choice." Moderate mercury level. Kosher.
1 lb. for $24.50
-- Grilled Fish Tacos with Sweet Corn and Cilantro Salsa (The Chopping Block)
-- Striped Bass Poached in Spicy Soy Sauce (Mark Bittman/The New York Times)
Frozen Fair Trade Shrimp
Supera net caught, Mexico
Finally a shrimp you can feel good about eating! We just might have been the first in Chicago to feature certified Fair Trade shrimp, and we are pleased to report that they are delicious! We are going against our standard here by offering a frozen product. Here's why: Instead of dealing with giant gas-powered trawlers to catch their shrimp Del Pacifico works with artisanal fishermen in Mexico who use small sail-powered boats called pandas, which are slightly larger than a rowboat and have a spectacular sail. (Score one.)
The wind and tide guide the net. Because they operate on such a small scale the fishermen can remove bycatch and return it to the water alive resulting in the lowest bycatch in the shrimping industry! (Score two.)
Because the boats are small and have little storage area they can't be out at sea for long periods meaning that the shrimp are blast-frozen within hours of capture. What is more, Fair Trade certification guarantees that there are no human rights abuses and that a percentage of the profit is returned to the community that caught the shrimp. (Score three and four.)
Keep in mind that these shrimp are peeled and deveined FROZEN shrimp. US Fair Trade certified.
1 lb. (about 26 to 30 per pound) for $14.00)
-- Provençal Wheat Berry Salad with Shrimp and Mustard-Caper Vinaigrette ( Susie Middleton / Fine Cooking)
-- Cuttlefish Spaccatelli with Shrimp, Fresh Tomatoes, Green Onions and Chili (Food 52)