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Aug 31, 2007 08:07 AM


I have a new love for them. who has them and who's preparing them right?

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    1. i've had a nice fresh sardines at Dali about a year ago.

      1. Rendezvous came first to my mind, too -- terrific there. Also, Neptune (special on Thursdays, had them several times), the bar at Chez Henri, Atasca, Toro, many East Cambridge Portuguese restaurants, with O Cantinho coming first to mind, Cafe Baraka, Les Zyg, MarcO, Rocca (small portion, but tasty), Petit Robert Bistro (both locations),

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          I really liked the preparation at Chez Henri. Big fat sardines.

          Also, Fernandes Fish Market in Inman Square sells a big box of fried sardines for like $5. They are finished with lemon and sometimes tied with herbs. So addictively good. Remind me of fried smelts growing up.

            1. re: MB fka MB

              A couple of other local places which have similar fried fish offerings are Courthouse Market (only smelts, no sardines, but see below), Cross St Market in Somerville and the Broadway Fish Market in Somerville. For the latter two, sometimes the selection can be a bit long in the tooth and I think courthouse gets the most turnover. Also at Courthouse they will cook any fish in the market to order (eg sardines) for $1/more per lb, but keep in mind they use a broiler which does not do a good job of searing (sometimes they have inexpensive tuna specials, but the tuna comes out a bit too gray) -- so the sardines would be a bit more roasted, but they could fry small ones too.

            2. re: MC Slim JB

              Also keep an eye out for Portuguese festivals, where they are sometimes available charcoal grilled. The original Atasca on Broadway, used to have a small charcoal grill in the bar window like many places in Portugual, but I think O Cantinho does everything on the charbroiler. Still tasty, but not the same. If you eat them at a Portuguese person's house, they may not take out the innards (its not uncommon to simply grill fresh, undressed sardines in Portugual)... NP, but don't squirt the innards on your clothing. :-) Haven't found anyone roasting chestnuts over a charcoal fire...

              1. re: itaunas

                Which reminds me. The Ludlow Portuguese Festival is Labor Day weekend.

                1. re: itaunas

                  Oh, you HAD to remind me. I absolutely fell in love with the grilled sardines I had in Portugal many, many years ago. They used to grill them at the train stations in southern Portugal, over charcoals. Never had a problem with innards (ugh).. I quickly learned how to carefully slice the fish so that I never got any bones.

                  It was heaven - if I could find that here... can't make it to Ludlow, though.

              2. Toro has a nice set up and the summer shck in boston had some decent ones on special the other night

                1. I liked the grilled version at Les Zyg...appetizer menu