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Best place to buy shellfish in boston

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A bunch of us will be visiting Boston in November to go a Pats game (Don't worry, we'll root for the pats). Anyway we want to do a lot of seafood for the tailgate, namely shrimp, clams, mussles, crab legs, scallops (and possibly Lobster depending on how much we want to spend). Any suggestions on where to buy this stuff fresh would be appreciated. I don't know anything about seafood, except I like to eat it. So, I dont' know what we can get fresh in November. We're staying in Copley Square, so the closer the place the better. But I will definately travel for quality. Thanks in advance

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  1. I don't know where can you get shellfish in Boston. But if I were you, I would go to Ocean Fresh, 473 E Washington St, North Attleboro, MA. I always get my seafood from them despite of the 45-minuite drive. They have lobster, steamer, oyster, fish or any seafood you can name it. They also have stuff seafood. Their price is very good.

    Most importantly, it is on the way you go to the stadium. I don't know how can you get any seafood fresher especially you can put them on the grill 15 minutes after you bought them.

    By the way, do you get extra tickets?

      1. re: brenda02452

        I second James Hook Lobster Co. Just walking in the front part of the place and checking out those 10lb lobsters is worth the visit. They have a great selction of seaffod and are very good at packing it up to go.

        1. re: RoyRon

          Ok, reviving this now that J Hook is gone for the summer! I thought there was a similar (newer) thread but I can't seem to find it.

          Where does everyone in the Boston area buy their live shellfish and lobsters? I'd love to do a big clambake cookout with friends- mussels, clams, scallops, lobsters, etc. Freshest, best quality, decent prices (clearly I am willing to pay more for better quality when it comes to this stuff... bad shellfish is not worth the cheap price)- where do you go for your raw shellfish and crustaceans?

          1. re: sfumato

            Legal's sells retail lobster and shellfish, at the Chestnut Hill and other locations, and also by mail:


            1. re: sfumato

              Captain Mardens in Wellesley. 20min. drive for the best the ocean has to offer.

              1. re: FastTalkingHighTrousers

                Second Captain Marden's in either Wellesley or Newton; however, you will pay "thru the nose". I have always had delicious and fresh fish and shellfish at Sudbury Farms/Roche Bros for less $$.

                1. re: bakerboyz

                  Marden's has been gone from Newton for quite a few years; I believe they're only in Wellesley now.

              2. re: sfumato

                Steamers on Watertown St. in Nonantum (Newton) is good. I recently purchased 18-24 steamers for dinner. Visually, the clams looked great. All clams opened nicely upon cooking. Excellent flavor. Will go back again for more.

                1. re: fmgate

                  I ventured out to Steamers and bought both an appetizer of the sift shell clams that give the place its name and some shelled lobster. I agree with fmgate that the clams were great but at almost $50/lb the lobster was anything but. The flavor seemed washed out and there was not, in 3/4 of lb. a trace of tail meat which many people (me included) find the best texturally and flavor-wise. It was advertised as fresh (i.e. not frozen) but I have suspicions. Left a bad tase in my mouth for Steamers, or rather, no taste in my mouth. I have never had anything but great lobster meat from Legal or from Captain Hook.

          2. Yankee Lobster has all that stuff except maybe crab legs. Also, James Hook is supposed to have a satellite store open in the near future.

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            1. re: Guinness02122

              I was at Yankee this AM and they had crab legs too. I haven't been a big fan of Yankee but they seemed to have upgraded the finfish...not quite up to New Deal/Courthouse but a big improvement.

              Pretty fair clam roll too. Clams from Canada. Never liked the dining experience x a cup of chowder for a bike ride break..but even that's growing on me..:)

              Busy at lunch and I'd suggest getting there by 11:45 to avoid a wait.

              To the OP in Copley, Morse Fish is closer for you...and they could order whatever you want with a few days notice.

            2. I would second the recommendation for Capt. Mardens. The other places I know are either on the Cape or in Dover, NH.

              1. Roach brothers in wellesley - get some great cheese while you are at it!

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                1. re: PJ08

                  Really? The times I've been there, I had a hard time even finding fin fish I'd consider. I think I had tofu that night.....

                2. Believe it or not, the Shaw's at the Prudential Center actually has a great seafood department (www.shaws.com). The store is open at 6 am (they usually get the shellfish out by about 7 am, but there is usually the fish guy there who will get you whatever you want); they have a live lobster tank as well. This is a block from Copley Square (2-5 minute walk). I do love Captain Marden's and that is a great place to go; they are open on Sunday mornings so you could make a detour to them and catch 128 to the game. Also New Deal Fish Market (http://newdealfishmarket.com/) in Cambridge (I love them); they aren't open on Sundays, but Saturdays I believe they are open if you have a place to store your fish. There's a Whole Foods near Symphony Hall with a decent seafood department (opens at 8 am) which would be about a 10-15 minute walk; there is a bus from Copley Square (39) that you can take to the corner of Huntington and Mass Ave and if you have a car, they validate parking for up to an hour and $5 purchase; and a much bigger one on Western Ave in Cambridge (not sure of their hours, but you can look it up at wholefoods.com; I've never been to that one).

                  1. James Hook is absolutely up and running, very friendly (seems more so than pre-fire, though it wasn't bad then), reasonable prices, and everything I've tried in the past few weeks has been pristine (sole, haddock, scallops, Cape scallops, swordfish, and scrod) - of course they also have their lobsters, clams, oysters, and shellfish which are generally also great.

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                    1. re: rlh

                      Second Hook's. They've recovered from the fire and are fully in biz. They'll have cooked shrimp, can steam your lobsters, probably can't open clams/oysters..but it's not that hard with the proper knivess

                      For a large order like the OP, you might want to call the night before and have them have it ready for you..easy ride from Copley, easy to get on the highway to get to the game.

                    2. When I want quantity as well as quality, I think it's worth the trip to Fish Pier. Stop at Cape Cod Shellfish for clams and mussels, and whatever else they have. They are a wholesaler, so just ask what they have and how much you have to get. There's a few other markets on fish pier, so you can also check for the best price on the shrimp, crab legs, and scallops. Then go over to PJ Lobster on Northern Ave for lobster.

                      The shops on fish pier are definitely open on Saturday until at least noon, not sure about Sunday.

                      But if you just want lobster and blue crab, stone crab, or dungeness crab, go to Chinatown or a Super 88.

                      1. I'm looking for some mussels, and wanted to get this thread alive and kicking again. I'm seeing a lot of options here, but wanted to know if any of these places are T-accessible? (besides Shaw's, because that obviously is)