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Nov 18, 2006 08:00 PM

Cape scallops are in, goodbye Fresh Pond Seafood

I went by Fresh Pond Seafood today and they have Cape scallops ($28lb). The people there say they're going out of business in a few weeks, too bad.

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    1. I can't comment on the quality of the seafood at Fresh Pond Seafood, but I surely miss their homey, rickety appearance.

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      1. That makes me really sad. Fresh Pond was always my "go-to" for packing up lobsters for travelling. They were always so nice and had great fresh stuff. I'm bummed they're closing. I see many more visits at New Deal and Couthouse seafood now.

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        1. re: yumyum

          For lobsters don't forget about Alive and Kicking! And you can get their excellent lobster sandwich (don't call it a roll!) to tide you over until yours are out of the pot.

          Even has an expensive Whole Foods nearby, just like Fresh Pond does (did?).

        2. That's terrible! Did they tell you why?

          1. They didn't say, a young woman behind the counter volunteered that they were closing but didn't say why, and I didn't ask. I'd guess that they're losing business to Whole Foods (a very poor second choice) and also the fish place next to Formaggio Kitchen (that's a smart location, convenience is a plus). I'll add that the appearance is a little off-putting, it almost looks closed even when it's open. I'd put in a new parking lot and a lighted sign listing what's fresh to attract hesitant newcomers. I like the fish shack exterior, and wouldn't change that a bit. It would be nice to rescue the place.

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            1. re: steinpilz

              I've noticed that this might be seen to imply that I think Whole Foods seafood is better than Fresh Pond's, that's the opposite of what I meant.

              1. re: steinpilz

                I doubt they are losing any significant business to the Fishmonger on Huron Ave. I like the FM but the prices are high and the fish is typically not as good, even though almost all of them get their product from the same fish wholesalers. Must be a case of handling. Fresh Pond usually had a small selection but it was impeccably displayed and stored.

                Whole Foods, much as I hate to say it, has very nice fish at the Fresh Pond location, so that could be a factor. I found it to be a little more expensive, but not hugely so, and they usually had the same special items in at the same times ... Maine shrimp, for example, at about the same price.

                I guess I liked the dumpy atmosphere and the down to earth folks. They always threw a lemon into the bag and would humor me when I asked them to look for female lobsters when boxing them up. I've been going there since I was at Tufts (a long time now). It's the end of an era for me.

                1. re: yumyum

                  Earlier this year, around the same time Whole Foods stopped selling lobster (supposedly for ethical reasons) I was looking for soft shell crabs. The guy at WF in Fresh Pond said they unavailable, were out of season etc... Fresh Pond Seafood and Savenors had them and the ones I got at Savenors were very fresh, alive and kicking. I think the seafood at WF isn't great, it's relatively ok but getting worse much like WF itself. One common complaint is that they sell fillets that haven't been scaled, I've had this happen fairly recently. I don't get to the Fresh Pond WF too often so perhaps things are better there.

                  1. re: steinpilz

                    Your post reminds me why I love Courthouse and New Deal -- they are actually fishmongers, ie: they will scale the fish for you, recommend best cooking methods, and they KNOW their fish. I find the fish counter at WholeFoods to be fine, but the expertise is hit or miss, not at all like going to a fishmonger (or butcher, or a real cheesemonger, etc.).