I love good fish. But I don’t cook it that much, partially due to concern with how tricky fish can be to cook, and how easily it’s ruined, as compared to cooking other foods. And who wants to ruin something that’s somewhat expensive to buy?
But I’ve begun to cook it a little more often. Initially I would head to the grocery store to find some good fish, but after talking to fish aficionados, I’ve begun to realize that laying out a little extra cash may be a good idea – as I understand it, the cheapest fish you find in the grocery may be a lower grade than what you get in a fish store. Not a big surprise, but not something I had given much thought. After all, what I bought from the grocery store was pretty decent. But I’m willing to pay a little extra to get better quality.
We went to Fins and Tails the other day. I had heard of it, but had no idea where it was. This can partially be attributed to the fact that even though it’s in an accessible place, it’s pretty much invisible to those driving nearby, so you really have to be looking for it. It’s at 3012 Erie Boulevard East in Syracuse. Yet you won’t see it when you’re driving along Erie Blvd. It’s sort of behind it, on Headson Dr., quite close to Thompson Rd.
We were pleasantly surprised at how nice the store is. Fish stores aren’t always that attractive; after all, they do smell like fish, as hard as that may be to believe. And quite honestly, the name “Fins and Tails” evokes, well, fins and tails, not necessarily my favorite fish image. But Fins and Tails is a nice place, with tasteful decor, excellent display cases of their products, and even souvenirs. Best of all, if you don’t want to cook the fish yourself, they have a host of cooked items. We bought their lobster chowder and crab cakes to take home. Both were delicious! Service was very good, too. Next time I feel like making a pan-seared tuna or the like, I will be heading back there instead of the grocery store!