Which seafood market in New Orleans is best for seafood?
NEW ORLEANS — The city’s largest seafood market has a thriving downtown market, but many residents say the prices are too high and the quality of the products is subpar.
The markets, which opened in 2007, are popular with visitors who go for a meal of fresh, locally raised seafood.
But it is the prices, the lack of competition, and the lack the option to customize the products that is causing some to question whether New Orleans seafood is worth the effort.
“If you have to spend a lot of money to eat, then you’ll end up being better off buying locally and using the freshest fish you can get,” said Lora Brown, a local who has lived in New York City for 16 years and has been coming to New Orleans for a few years.
“But it’s not like you can go to the seafood market and eat everything.
It’s just not worth the cost.”
A few years ago, New Orleans’ seafood market was one of the top five in the country.
Now, it is not far behind.
And the prices have grown faster than the market’s growth.
“We were the No. 1 market in the world for years,” said Dan Jones, the general manager of the Orleans Market, which operates out of a renovated New Orleans City Hall.
“We’re just now catching up.”
Jones said he expects that number to climb as more New Orleanians are able to get to the market.
But he said he has seen some people struggle to make ends meet.
He said some customers were able to stay at the market for a while, but eventually realized that the prices were too high.
“They went back to the restaurant,” Jones said.
“They didn’t want to spend the money on the food.
You want the best quality food. “
When you spend $12 on a meal, you don’t want the food to be the same.
You want the best quality food.
You don’t like to spend money for the price of a good meal.”
In an effort to compete, Jones and other vendors have added kiosks in the city’s oldest shopping center, the Louisiana State Fairgrounds, and other locations.
Jones said he had to close the kiosks because he couldn’t keep up with the demand for the fresh seafood he sold.
The market is also expanding.
The New Orleans Market opened a second location in the Crescent City in March, but Jones said that expansion is slowing down.
And, he said, he is seeing a decrease in the number of customers.
Jones said his biggest challenge in the market is not the quality but the cost of the fish.
Many people have come to New Ocala for the seafood, but the market still has a few competitors.
He has to spend more money to keep up.
The price of fresh seafood at the New Orleans market is $12 for a pound.
But for the most part, customers are able buy a variety of fish at the smaller market.
At the New Ocs, customers can buy a small, fresh-boned king mackerel for $5.99, or a larger, smoked bass for $15.99.
The fish is available year-round, and you can even buy a piece of lobster for $9.99 or a small shrimp for $7.99 for a half hour.
At the seafood counter, the prices vary depending on what type of fish you want to buy.
Some fish are sold frozen, while others are prepared by the day.
Some are prepared with salt and pepper.
In the case of the smoked bass, the price depends on the size and color of the flesh.
There are no frozen shrimp at the seafood counters.
A local called Lora said the prices at the fish counters are sometimes too high because people just don’t understand the value of what they are getting.
Lora said she has come to the New Orla market on two occasions in the past week.
On the first visit, she said she was surprised to see that the fish prices were way out of line.
She was also surprised to find that the staff at the counter seemed to know that her fish wasn’t fresh.
She said she will be back again next week.
Lori also said that she was disappointed that the New Otters had a booth outside of the market where she could buy a couple pieces of fish.
The staff seemed to have forgotten about the market, she added.
Lola said she would like to have her fish at a place like the seafood section of a restaurant, but it is a hard sell.
“It’s a really hard sell,” she said.