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What Market would carry The Freshest Sea Bass?

Northstar22 Jan 27, 2008 09:56 AM

Need to pick up a couple pounds of Sea Bass and I have been shutout at the local Supermarkets in the Chestnuthill, Wrox area. Thinking Super 88 in Allston. Any thoughts.

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  1. Bob MacAdoo RE: Northstar22 Jan 27, 2008 09:59 AM

    New Deal Fish on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge. Worth the trip.

    1. yumyum RE: Northstar22 Jan 27, 2008 10:00 AM

      Can you bear the schlepp over to New Deal in Cambridge? Call first to ask if Carl's dad has picked up sea bass that morning (great to see 75 year old Fantasia Sr. unloading the van in the morning as I did on xmas eve) or see if they can get it for you the next day. The fish I've had at New Deal has been impeccable and they are really nice people.

      New Deal Fish Market
      622 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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        smtucker RE: yumyum Jan 27, 2008 10:31 AM

        I just updated their listing on chowhound, but beware that they are NOT open on Sunday.

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        emilief RE: Northstar22 Jan 27, 2008 11:25 AM

        If you are in the Chestnut Hill area you can drive up route 9 to Wellesley and get some from Captain Marden's- they are open on Sunday and have excellent fresh fish. I would call in advance to be sure they have exactly what you want. Of course, it will be more expensive than New Deal, but if you really have to have it . . !

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          Northstar22 RE: emilief Jan 28, 2008 05:07 AM

          New deal is very disorganized. When they are open is a mystery. How about Steamers in Watertown? Wholefoods?

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            steinpilz RE: Northstar22 Jan 28, 2008 07:44 AM

            Whole Food on River Street had some very fresh looking sea bass on Friday.

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          Bostonbob3 RE: Northstar22 Jan 28, 2008 05:11 AM

          I know this seems weird, but call up Savenor's (Beacon Hill or Cambridge) and ask if they currently have sea bass.

          I've gotten the BEST fillets there; incredibly fresh, cut large, and the flavor is so buttery it's unbelievable.

          Granted, their seafood selection is small, but what they do have is always outstanding.

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            teezeetoo RE: Bostonbob3 Jan 28, 2008 12:59 PM

            Captain Marden and New Deal have the best fish. whole foods is ok but often doesn't have the particular fish you want, so call ahead

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            deshuitres RE: Northstar22 Jan 28, 2008 01:25 PM

            Morse Fish 1401 Washington Street in the South End might have it or might be able to get some for you- I would call. I agree that New Deal is the best around, though!

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              nightsky RE: Northstar22 Jan 28, 2008 06:23 PM

              Try Wulf's in Brookline.

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                cshih31 RE: Northstar22 Jan 31, 2008 01:07 PM

                I've purchased sea bass from Super 88 in allston several times, and I intend to do it again next week for Chinese New Year. It has to be the freshest because you can get it live from the tank!! They'll gut it and clean it for you. (Although I always have to pick off some scales at home.) This also means that you have to fillet it yourself, but I always think cooking the fish whole is best.

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                  Spike RE: cshih31 Jan 31, 2008 05:16 PM

                  are you sure it's see bass? The one in Boston only seems to have tilapia...

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                    turtl_girl RE: cshih31 Feb 1, 2008 05:35 AM

                    Chilean sea bass is an enormous fish which I've never seen live in a tank... see pretty picture attached! Must be something else at Super 88... seems like "bass" is actually a fairly generic term that gets applied to a lot of other fish.

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                    heypielady RE: Northstar22 Jan 31, 2008 01:15 PM

                    Chilean Sea Bass? I've seen that pretty consistently at the River Street Whole foods in Cambridge. $22 a pound though. I look forward to trying New Deal Fish though. I've never been there.

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                      steinpilz RE: heypielady Feb 1, 2008 02:55 AM

                      I've seen branzini (mediterranean sea bass) at River Street often.

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                      adamgendreau RE: Northstar22 Jan 31, 2008 07:17 PM

                      Captain Marden's always has it.
                      New Deal rotates so often they might not have it. Off topic FYI: they do have the best soft-shells in the summer though ...

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