You may be familiar with popular seafood market, Kathleen’s Catch, in Johns Creek. Well, owner Kathleen Hulsey has opened a Milton outpost, and seems to be racking up the same raving reviews.
Same concept. Different location. Same result.
Hulsey is successful for good reason. The fish in the tin bins chilling over ice are always extremely fresh, pristinely cut and well sourced.
She also offers some ready to eat items like lobster rolls, priced at just $10.95, and three different soups.
In the cooler you will find lobster dips and a slew of offerings. And, landlubbers will rejoice in the fact the Hulsey sells Meats By Linz out of Chicago.
Originally, this was to be a news article but after several food nerdy seafood talks with Hulsey, I decided to add a Q&A for good measure.
Q: How do you like the Milton/Crabapple community so far?
I love it! I live around the corner from our Johns Creek store and didn’t venture to the other side of 400 very much. Since opening our store here, I have discovered a very close knit community that loves and supports small business.
Q: In your 5 years of doing this, have you noticed that people from different parts of the country seem to order certain items?
Atlanta is made up of many nationalities as well as transplants from everywhere across the US. People love to eat fish that reminds them of their home and that creates an opportunity and a challenge to source many different species. People in the northeast swoon over haddock; mid-westerners love walleye, and people from the southeast eat grouper and snapper to remind them of family beach vacations at the Gulf. Pacific Northwesterners, well they are all about wild salmon, halibut and Alaskan king crab and if you are from south Florida, you count the days until stone crab season! Last year Kathleen’s Catch sold over 350 different items to meet the needs of all of our customers.
Q:I believe farm raised fish has come a long way in the past 15 years. Would you agree?
Absolutely! At Kathleen’s Catch we sell both wild-caught and farmed fish. We believe that supporting companies who are raising fish using the most advanced methods available means that there could be plenty of wild fish in the oceans for future generations to enjoy. Our high standards for farmed fish include no use of preventive antibiotics or growth hormones. Fish come from farms with low pen densities and very limited, and sometimes non-existent, environmental impact. And most importantly, in terms of the wild fish population, we look for farmed fish that have at most a 1:1 ratio of wild caught feeder fish (such as anchovies) to farmed fish production. In other words, facilities that use a pound or less of feeder fish from the ocean to produce a pound of farmed fish. Companies like Verlasso who produce our Atlantic salmon or Australis who produce our barramundi are doing exactly this.