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Any real seafood in Southern NH?

I moved to Peterborough, NH from LI, NY. While there are some terrific restaurants around here, I really miss having fresh seafood. I mean real fish, with bones -- not haddock steaks, not swordfish steaks, tuna steaks or salmon steaks but good fresh northern ocean and bay fish: things like whole Winter Flounder, Sea Bass, and in season; Blue fish, Porgies, fresh mackeral, etc. I'm not so very far from the ocean so I don't understand why no one seems to have such around here, including places like Fish Tales here in Peterborough, which is supposed to ship in fish fresh from Boston each day. I'm willing to travel some to get good fresh fish but how far do I need to go and where do I find them once I get there?

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  1. r u looking for great seafood restaurants or to buy seafood? If it's restaurants, I keep hearing great things about Surf in Nashua but haven't been yet.

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    1. re: lexpatti

      I'm probably more interested in restaurants but I haven't found anywhere to buy good fish either so I'd be grateful for tips about that as well.

    2. Wish I could help you with the "bone-in" fish. But if you're in Peterborough, you have to try High Tide in Hillsborough (mid-April through Columbus Day) for thier super-fresh clams, scallops, haddock, etc, and hand cut and breaded onion rings and chicken fingers. Just east of downtown, on the the main street (formerly route 9, before the bypass).

      1. Even though it's over Temple Mountain, you should check out the Milford Fish Market (at a new location in Milford on Elm Street). There's also a lady at the Amherst Farmer's Market on Thursday only, who sells impeccably fresh fish--and you can special order from her. I think she delivers in the Monadnock area, though I have lost her web info.

        1. I've heard many good things about the fish market in Pepperell. Sits next DunkinDonuts.

          1. Yes, I stop by the Pepperell store often.

            Great husband and wife team. The store is small and limited, but they will get you anything you ask for with a days notice.

            I just get what is fresh that day. Last week sea bass.

            It has been a great source for fresh fish, since limited to going to Shaw's or Hannaford in Nashua, and always hesitate at best.

            Milford is much closer, but for those near Pepperell, do please check out this great little local place.

            Here's an article from when they opened:


            1. I had been told about the fish at the Amherst indoor farmers market but forgot. I'll try them. I did try the fish market in Milford but not at their new location.
              I pulled up Surf's menu and while it looks yummy, it's all the same fish and shellfish you always see in NH. I'm thinking I'm going to have to make a trip back to LI or at least the Connecticut coast to enjoy the sweet flavor and fine texture of a whole winter Flounder.
              The Pepperell fish market sounded very interesting. I pulled out Mapquest to find out how to get to Pepperell and all Mapquest would do was offer me a variety of cruises. Can anyone tell me some other towns near Pepperell to help me find the place?

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              1. re: susanl143

                Pepperell is just over the NH border Route 122 in from Hollis.It will take you into the Main Street of Pepperell.

                1. re: susanl143

                  It is a small shop, so I would give them a call first to see what they have that day, and if nothing you are looking for they will get it for you.

                  They are very nice, and very helpful.

                  Also, post before you go and one of us will give you directions.

                  As mentioned Hollis is the next town.

                  You can also get to Nashua and of course rte 101a for shopping ir you want to make a day of it.

                  There are also a couple of places one in Acton and one in W Concord MA.


                  Twins Seafood in W Concord, their website isn't running for some reason.

                  But they are about 20=30 minutes from here going towards Boston.

                  1. re: hummingbird

                    the fish at Big Kahuna (the Pepperell fish market) is so fresh you can really tell it was just in the ocean the day before...I try to go once a week. She makes a good seafood and zucchini casserole too, and the crab cakes rock.

                    1. re: lwarwick

                      Just picked up a nice piece of tuna, while chatting we talked about lobster, and was told they are expecting the lobster prices to get very high, especially around Fathers Day.

                      That was from their vendors when picking up their fish in Boston.

                      They are trying not to add the fuel cost of going in to Boston daily to get this area great seafood, but hey it is going to happen.

                      lwarwick told them about your nice post, thanks sent to you.from them.