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Dec 26, 2006 06:50 PM

Where is a good place to buy fish?

I live in Brighton. I know that Whole Foods is pretty good, but are there any fishmongers around here?
Also, is Super 88 a good place to buy fish?

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  1. Try Wulf's on Harvard in Brookline. I don't recommend the shellfish (unsurprisingly, since they're in a largely Jewish neighborhood in the midst of a stretch of kosher restaurants and Judaica stores), but I've found the quality and price of the fish comparable to Whole Foods, and they're good about telling you what's particularly fresh and nice that day.

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    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

      Oh...I know where that place is. Thanks-I'm going to stop by there.

      1. re: jenniferdines

        Let us know what you think. I live near Wulf's but gave up on shopping there, I find the fish at Whole Foods in Brighton to be better quality.

      2. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

        Perhaps I'll give Wulf's another shot. Growing up in Brookline that was our family's go-to fishmonger. However, when I moved back to MA several years back I tried them twice, and found the quality sub par. One of the times I was getting pike and carp to grind for gefilte fish for the holiday so I know that their inventory had to be moving at that time.

      3. I have had good luck buying whole fish at Super 88 but you have to look carefully and be willing to insist on the one you want (which may take some work unless your Chinese language skills are better than mine, but they are pleasant and I have always had a good response). Their cut-up fish never looks that great to me.

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        1. re: GretchenS

          i also buy whole fish at super 88 often. the live tilapia in the tank is fantastic. anything on ice i would take a close look at before purchasing because the quality varies.

        2. on saturday mornings sea to you is open for retail sale. i just went this past saturday for the first time and had a great experience. bought enough tuna, toro, hamachi and sweet shrimp to feed 7 people for $60. everything was super-fresh and delicious. they also had some whole fish like hirame, black bass and i believe snapper. it would be a bit of a trek from brighton if you don't have a car, but very do-able if you have one (parking is not really an issue around there).

          i like super 88 for live crabs. i've never bought fish from there though. they seem to have a nice selection though.

          1. If you are willing to drive over to Cambridge, try the New Deal Fish Market - it's in between Inman and Lechmere. A Portugeuse family has run the shop for ages now... and I think the quality is as good if not better than Wulf's.

            If you go in, ask for Carl - he's such a nice guy!

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            1. re: Craig K

              I recently met this young man. Very impressive fellow, a great deal of knowledge and skill. I enjoyed fresh sardines and freshly filleted flounder.

            2. Where is sea to you?? Captain Marden in Wellesley is a good place to buy fish but very pricey.They supply many restaurants.

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