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May 27, 2007 03:15 PM


Looking for a place to buy live mussels and/or scallops in MSP. Any suggestions?

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  1. Coastal Seafoods. Scallops on the shell could be ordered.

    1. We've had good luck with mussels at the big Kowalski's in Woodbury.

      We got mussels once from Coastal and they were irredeemably sandy. The worst part was that the Coastal guy swore they were so clean they didn't need to be purged. Right.

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      1. re: Jordan

        Farmed mussels grow on ropes hanging from floats and not in the sand or mud like a clam/oyster. They need to be "bearded" which means removing the sinew like filament that anchors them to terra firma. I wonder where they got them?

        1. re: Karl Gerstenberger

          That's interesting. All I can tell you is that this was my one real disappointment with Coastal -- and it was kind of a double-whammy: bad seafood and bad advice.

      2. Dragon Star Foods in St Paul. Dale St & Minnehaha. Great live seafood. Crabs, oysters, clams, mussels, etc.

        1. Thanks for the information. We have never been to Coastal. By coincidence, we went to Dragon Star the other day for the first time! We did not look at the live stuff in the back too closely it seems! They have a good selection on the shelves for a relatively small supermarket. The cashier was exceptionally nice too.

          1. Looked at the mussels at Dragon Star. Almost all of the mussels in the tank were dead and the live mussels smelled bad. We got a bag of mussels from the Kowalski's in Stillwater. They were excellent. They smelled very fresh and all were alive. We kept them in the refrigerator overnight. The fresh smell was even more pronounced the next day when we opened the package to cook them. They were $4.99/pound at Kowalski's They were very clean with absolutely no sand and only four had beards.

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            1. re: MIKELOCK34

              Costco sells mussels ridiculously cheap...I think they were $2 a pound.