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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.

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

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                1. re: buenosds

                  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!

                2. 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.