While sitting curbside at a popular Chinatown dim sum spot, I noticed a gigantic Ford truck parked on the street, with “Ahi Assassins” painted across the side along with accompanying social media tags. I immediately checked them out on Instagram and saw that they were selling fresh, line-caught fish out of the back of their boat near the fish auction at the pier.
Catching up to 1,000 pounds a week, they yield about 500 pounds of fillet and 150 pounds of poke. These fisherman sell fish to the auction and cater to friends and family for special occasions. Their customers kept asking them to open a place where they could buy their fresh fish, poke and sashimi.
So owners Josh Schade and Erika Luna did just that, launching Ahi Assassins about a week ago along Beretania to satisfy the city’s endless demand for fresh fish. This cash-only, takeout spot offers seven varieties of poke for a very reasonable $10/pound; marlin dip ($12/pound); sashimi-grade ahi ($18/pound) and daily hot specials. Schade tells us that his prices are so much more competitive because there is no middle man since they are the fisherman.
Something new: Ahi Assassins
Located on the second floor of a small complex near the corner of University and Beretania, Ahi Assassins sits above Frost City and is near Jiffy Lube and Burger King.
Although the shop is now open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the owners plan to eventually extend their hours to Sundays. Be sure to follow them on social media to keep up with their daily specials and hours.
2570 S. Beretania St.
Hours: Open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.