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Dan Aug 21, 2001 03:54 PM

It seems like there have been some good healthy arguments on this board about seafood restaurants but no discussion yet about places to buy seafood to cook yourself. I'd like to hear people sound off on where they think the best places are.

There's a place on Rt. 2 in Cambridge by the rotaries called Fresh Pond seafood (I think) that I've been to a couple of times and is pretty good. Their tuna was of pretty good quality--not the best I've ever had, but good--and their halibut was great--very flavorful.

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    Joe Ciaramitaro Apr 29, 2002 08:00 AM

    Go down to the docks in Gloucester and buy right off the boats, you can see them being unloaded from the boats and then buy them direct, cheap and the freshest possible unless you cooked it on the way in from fishing. 95 east Main St. Gloucester (on the way to Rocky Neck)

    Link: http://www.wholesalelobster.com

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      Epicurean Feb 4, 2002 12:12 PM

      Moultons Seafood on Winthrop St., Medford. They go to the market daily for their fish. You can also stay and order dinner, they cook to order so the wait may be a while.
      Wonderfully fresh and reasonable prices.

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        Dave Oct 10, 2001 04:20 PM

        Best fish I ever bought was down on the dock in Boston; I just walked out on one of the piers near the No Name and found a shop where they were processing fish that came straight from the boat. It was several years ago but I'm sure there are others if that one is gone. It was cheap and it was the freshest fish I've ever had except when caught by myself.

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          Adam Aug 25, 2001 12:19 PM

          Other than the neighborhood places where I live, I'd be curious to know whether Ming's on Washington Street has good seafood. They have some unusual stuff--geoduck, live eels, etc.

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            C. Fox Aug 22, 2001 06:01 PM

            On the North Shore, try Rowand's Seafood, in Beverly, next to the Salem-Beverly bridge. They have mostly local stuff, very fresh. They make fish stock, fish and crab cakes, seafood casseroles etc. on the premises, and will cook your lobster for you if you call ahead.

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              Mark Aug 22, 2001 10:05 AM

              For anyone who ends up on the south shore there is a market that my family has been going to since I was a little kid called the Brant Rock Fish Market. Brant Rock is part of Marshfield and it backs up to the commercial fishing harbor. Hank, the owner, goes to the fish pier a few times everyday and has known all the fishermen and their families for decades. His selection can be limited but it is insanely fresh. I know of no other fish market that is as fresh and as crazy about the quality of their product.

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                Karl Aug 22, 2001 09:41 AM

                Don't forget the Fishmonger next to Formaggio Kitchen on Huron Ave. in Cambridge.

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                  ScoobieSnack Aug 22, 2001 08:39 AM

                  I posted a similar question about a month ago. I also go to Fresh Pond Seafood and have had mixed results. I have bought great stuff there and a few times I was there the Fish looked terrible. I tried Bread and Circus on the recomendation of a couple of people from this board and have been very pleased with what I have bought there.

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                    David Aug 21, 2001 11:26 PM

                    In the North End, I like Giufffres Fish Market on Salem St...usually have great swordfish. For lobsters, I like James Hook.

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                      kathleen Aug 21, 2001 10:09 PM

                      If you are willing to make the trek to the North Shore, Marblehead Lobster Company has outstanding fresh seafood. They are pricey but, IMHO opinion, worth it, fresh and delicious. I am a semi-vegetarian (pesco-lacto) and this place is it for me...

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                        Andy T Aug 21, 2001 09:26 PM

                        I like Bread & Circus. Consistently very fresh, if also kind of pricey. Court House Seafood in East Cambridge is also very good.

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                          Marc Soliman Sep 5, 2001 09:36 AM

                          I agree with Andy on Court House Seafood. Friendly guys who'll tell you what's fresh.

                          I'm curious if anyone know where to get great quality, sashimi grade seafood (tuna, belly, etc.)

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                          Rubee Aug 21, 2001 04:20 PM

                          I have nothing to add (sorry) but was wondering if anyone has ever bought seafood from Super88 in the South Bay Shopping Center. They have such a great selection, including tanks of live fish, crabs, lobsters, etc. but I've always been a little intimidated.....! Thoughts?

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                            Bruce Smith Aug 21, 2001 04:06 PM

                            Fresh Pond Seafood is where I buy fresh fish in the Boston area. As you say, not the best you've ever had, but quite good enough.

                            When possible, I buy fish from one of several fish markets on Cape Cod, all of which are usually better than Fresh Pond or anywhere else I know of in the more immediate Boston area. Nevertheless, Fresh Pond Seafoods rates pretty high on my list.

                            The trick in buying fish there is the same as it is everywhere: rather than being set on one particular kind of fish, buy what looks best and is local.

                            Last week, I was on Cape Cod and brought home some outstanding, very fresh bluefish from Swan River Fish Market in Dennisport. That fish could not have been out of the water very long, and for $4.99/lb - what a bargain!

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                              Adam Aug 25, 2001 12:16 PM

                              Last month I boought the worst lobsters I had ever eaten, from Fresh Pond Seafood. The meat was tasteless and the odor was not pleasant. I'd be willing to bet they weren't from Maine.

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