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At this harbor area dining spot for meaty crab claws and legs, you can pick live crustaceans from tanks to boil at home. »1146 Nagoya Way, San Pedro, 310-519-9058.
Shrimp and crab are the mainstays here, whether peeled and cracked or cleaned and shredded for ceviche. The adjacent café serves crispy fried fish and creamy chowder at lunch. » 529 S. Central Ave., downtown, 213-627-7231.
Family owned for 60 years, this Glendale establishment stocks an unbeatable assortment of fresh seafood. Many, like opah and ono, are from Hawaii. Fish-friendly condiments (tartar sauce, scampi butter) are prepared in-house. » 722 N. Glendale Ave., Glendale, 818-244-2161.
Pacific Fresh Fish
This no-frills fish warehouse focuses on sushi-grade seafood. Packed on ice, the tuna, halibut, and salmon are standouts, as is the sizable selection of live shellfish. »700 E. 6th St., downtown, 213-623-6220.
Santa Monica Seafood
The new location of this 70-year-old institution offers more than 50 kinds of seafood, including many sustainable options. Slide up to the oyster bar in a chic market setting. » 1000 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310-393-5244.
Seafood Paradise Fish Market
The Asian fish market specializes in live seafood such as Vietnamese egg crabs and black cod, all presented in massive, pristine tanks. Don’t worry—the helpful staff does the dirty work. » 8955 Garvey Ave., Rosemead, 626-288-2088.