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Where to buy sushi grade tuna Boston or North?

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lexpatti Feb 23, 2007 03:52 AM

I'm looking to buy some sushi grade tuna, live in the Merrimack Valley area - anyone know where? I haven't ventured to call any Japanese restaurants to see if I could buy from them or a good fish market, thought I'de try here first. Great recipe calls for good sushi grade tuna.

  1. ipsofatso Feb 25, 2007 04:23 PM

    Just a guess but try to give a call to David's Seafood in Salisbury, MA if they don't have it they may know who might. Conolly & Sons In Gloucester regularly has a frozen tuna block that is not high-grade by decent enough for a fix when you need it. Its usually in the freezer next to the fresh frozen soft shell crab.

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      lexpatti Feb 25, 2007 09:49 AM

      Thanks everyone. Found a place by accident last night, stopped for dinner at Tinker's Seafood in Manchester, NH and no joke, in their seafood case is "sushi grade tuna". I called to talk to the mgr. today to get more details and they get it daily from Boston, it's yellow fin, it looked beautiful (bright red) and I'm in and out of Manch. a lot!!!

      Their seafood dinners were awesome, hopefully thats a good indication of their fresh seafood. We got steamers that were really sweet, fried oysters, shrimp, calamari and great rings. heard a lot about this place but never stopped - nice, just off the highway (93) if you're heading north.

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        oneeyejack Feb 23, 2007 07:19 PM

        there's also a place in medford called captain boston fish co. the quality of the fish is gooooood.

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          ursamajor Feb 23, 2007 10:08 AM

          I'm a big fan of the Sea Witch Fish Market on Route 1 in Peabody, though it's been a year or so since I was last up there. I haven't been to the restaurant part of it, but the fish counter sells awesome sushi-grade tuna and salmon.

          1. itaunas Feb 23, 2007 07:38 AM

            All of these are pretty far from the Merrimack Valley. Captain Boston in Medford is also far away, but at least is only 3min from Rt 93. They sell wholesale sushi grade fish to restaurants (along with Sea to You, but perhaps have slightly less selection but much more than New Deal and larger pieces than in the markets). As far as otoro, I believe they would get this in, but it might be committed to wholesale accounts unless they happened to get a lot -- ask them and see.

            There are a number of Asian markets in Lowell and some in Nashua. I haven't been to them in at least 5 years, but if you post on the New England Board, another hound could respond whether they carry sushi grade fish. If you just need Tuna for a recipe, whole foods could be a fine source.

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              VivreManger Feb 23, 2007 06:26 AM

              Has anyone compared New Deal Fish to the Japanese mkt. in Porter Exchange. I have been trying to find some Otoro there, but the fishmonger tells me it is not in season and even when in season they never know when it will arrive. Is it a similar story at New Deal Fish?

              1. Bob MacAdoo Feb 23, 2007 06:05 AM

                New Deal Fish on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge. Their fish is always of a superior quality to anything you'll find in a Whole Foods. Ask for Carl. He is extremely helpful.

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                  Craig K Feb 23, 2007 06:30 AM

                  Both Savenor's sell sushi grade tuna, but that's the extent of their sushi grade fish. Reliable Market in Union sells medium size pieces of a variety of fishes. The Porter Exchange market store does sell it, and you can get roe, seaweed salad and other goodies. I'm pretty sure Yoshinowa in Central sells it, but I don't have a clue whether it's good or not.

                  One of my co-workers told me about this place - http://seatoyouboston.com/ - I haven't been. Perhaps fellow hounds can say whether it's good or not!

                  I agree with Bob. New Deal is definitely my favorite place. They have a diverse selection of sushi grade and non sushi grade fish, and Carl, and his family, are always super helpful.

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                    Suzieg Feb 23, 2007 12:04 PM

                    SeaToYou is on the fish pier and is a distributor to many sushi restaurants, and also sells to the public; been several years since I've been. Peter at Sake House in Saugus (rt 1) would always sell a portion - but $$, he's not losing any money on the deal.

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                  jules127 Feb 23, 2007 06:02 AM

                  I am pretty sure that Savenor's in Beacon Hill has sushi grade as well.

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                    lexpatti Feb 23, 2007 04:39 AM

                    good to know, thanks. I think there's a whole foods in Andover.

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                      Velda Mae Feb 23, 2007 04:23 AM

                      Depends on how much you need. Whole Foods sells it but keeps it in the super freezer and you don't have control over the size of the piece. That said, the quality was pretty good. There's a place in the Porter Exchange building in Porter Square that has excellent sushi-quality fish but it's sold in smaller pieces, probably enough to make one or two maki out of each one.

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