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May 3, 2007 08:46 PM

Whole Food seafoods rock!

I'm putting in a good plug for WF seafoods after getting some really great bluefish and scallops from WF in Newton over the past week. Wow, fresh as could be, dry, firm, no smells, those fillets and scallops could probably be sold for another week.

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  1. I got two fresh cut wild salmons at WF in woburn. I marinated them for an hour in balsamic and honey.. grilled 'em on high on the ol Weber and OMG !!! Better, fresher tasting and just more superb that I have had anywhere. No nasty, heavy, oily fishy taste. Beautiful texture. I have great luck witht he fish at WF... although the price can choke you back a little. PS: when I was in the check out with my fresh fish, a guy behind me had about 7 pack of various whole foods brand frozen fish items. He said they were decent for the money. Anyone out there with experience with the WF frozen fish?

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    1. re: Buddernut

      I have had better luck with the packaged frozen items than the things in their case. The salmon is very good, and reasonably priced (though I noticed it went up a dollar from $6.99 a package to $7.99 a package). The swordish was sort of off-tasting.

      1. re: Buddernut

        Their frozen halibut is very good. In fact, for the most part, I've had better frozen halibut than fresh from WF!

      2. i've been very disappointed with the quality of fish at the symphony and government center whole foods. just looking at it in the display makes me sad. combine that with the stratospheric prices and it's a lose-lose. perhaps the suburban outlets do better.

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        1. re: hotoynoodle

          I started this thread partly because I suddenly realized that the bluefish and scallops were really good - noticeably better than what I usually get at WF. So I thought I should put in a good word.

          I got both the scallops and bluefish on Tuesday, so maybe it's a timing thing. Bourdain wrote in one of his books that Tuesday (and Friday I think) are the best days for fish - at this point I can't remember if he was just talking about restaurants or in markets also.

          Maybe I was just lucky this week. I know the prices at WF are high... I usually buy just 3-4 sea scallops for myself and that's around $5, two small bluefish fillets were also around $5.

          1. re: steinpilz

            Hmmm, maybe there is something to to the timing. I bought my salmon on Tuesday in Woburn. Interesting ?

          2. re: hotoynoodle

            i bought salmon and talapia at the symphony WF last week and it was very good.
            my husband was raving about it for days...

          3. I had the best chilean sea bass from WF in Woburn. Although we bought a piece of Tuna sashimi which was tough and tastless - I returned it the next day.

            1. WF is certainly a step up from the godawful seafood displays at Stop&Plop, Shaw's, etc., but I haven't found it to "rock" all that hard. Especially in comparison to true local fish markets like Fresh Pond Seafoods (R.I.P.), The Fishmonger (when it's open), or Courthouse. Hounds, where else have you found WF-beating local seafood? Especially clams & mussels, which I've always found disappointing at WF.

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              1. re: B. Savarin

                I agree that there are many better places, not necessarily in Boston, New Deal is another one here. I guess that I was just so impressed that I got carried away. I only buy clams, oysters, and mussels in restaurants these days, maybe the summer will make me more adventurous.

                1. re: B. Savarin

                  WF Alewife always had better bluefish than Fresh Pond Seafood, and usually at the same price or - *gasp* - even less expensive.

                2. I too shop in Newton, and my seafood alternatives are WF, Steamers, Star & S&S. WF is the clear winner in that group. Are there others I should be sampling in the MetWest area?

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                  1. re: RDR

                    The only other alternative is Captain Marden in Wellesley. Very good, but imho, not so much better than whole Foods in Wellesley to make it worth the extra drive.

                    1. re: emilief

                      Ya know, I've heard so much good stuff about Capt.Marden's, and I stop in frequently on the commute from Framingham to Brookline,, but I just haven't been that impressed. Their quality is on par with the Framingham Whole Foods, but they're the only place I've ever seen that could make WF prices seem reasonable!!!