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MIKELOCK34 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. Karl Gerstenberger RE: MIKELOCK34 May 27, 2007 04:39 PM

    Coastal Seafoods. Scallops on the shell could be ordered.

    1. Jordan RE: MIKELOCK34 May 27, 2007 06:21 PM

      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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        Karl Gerstenberger RE: Jordan May 28, 2007 07:25 AM

        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?

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          Jordan RE: Karl Gerstenberger May 28, 2007 07:34 AM

          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.

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        Mel Carne RE: MIKELOCK34 May 28, 2007 05:59 AM

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

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          MIKELOCK34 RE: MIKELOCK34 May 28, 2007 07:33 AM

          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.

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            MIKELOCK34 RE: MIKELOCK34 Jun 27, 2007 10:26 AM

            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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              dave43 RE: MIKELOCK34 Jun 29, 2007 12:32 PM

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

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                MIKELOCK34 RE: dave43 Jul 2, 2007 07:36 AM

                Thanks. We will take a look.

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              MIKELOCK34 RE: MIKELOCK34 Aug 16, 2007 11:33 AM

              We bought live mussels at the Kowalski's on Grand this week because the location in Stillwater was out of mussels. The mussels we got at the Kowalski's on Grand were terrible. Approximately 40% were dead and they smelled bad overall. They were not fresh at all. After our good experience at the other Kowalski's, we let our guard down. We will give them a longer look next time before buying.

              1. buenosds RE: MIKELOCK34 Aug 17, 2007 11:31 AM

                costco!!! a huge bag, fresh for around 11$......i can down a whole bag at one sitting..they are good!

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                  MIKELOCK34 RE: buenosds Aug 17, 2007 04:29 PM

                  We definitely will try Costco next time. We had such great mussels from Kowalski's last time, we had to go back to them first. Not anymore!

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                  Josh Resnik RE: MIKELOCK34 Aug 17, 2007 09:16 PM

                  I have had the best luck at The Wedge Co-op. They go through each mussel to make sure they are still alove. While the Costco ones are tasty and a good deal, I find I need to chuck a fair percentage because they are dead. I have had pretty good experiences at Coastal for mussels (not as good for clams). But The Wedge has been the most reliable.

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