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Mar 10, 2008 01:01 PM

Mussels in Cambrigde/Brookline area

Any suggestions on mussels in the Cambridge-Brookline area. I know there are some good places in the North end but I was hoping to find a closer place (I live in on Harvard in Allston). I specifically am looking for a white wine broth, but any help would be great.

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  1. With the caveat that I have not made it over there myself yet, I have consistently heard that the moules are the best thing on the menu at the Publick House, and I'm very interested in trying them. Can anyone confirm or deny?

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    1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

      The last time I had them at Publick House, the mussels were on the small, dried out side, but normally, they are delicious. I also took issue with the sad, soggy fries.

      I actually have had a good version at the Thirsty Scholar.

      1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

        I tried the moules frites at the Publick House a few months ago, and noted this distinct sour sharp note that detracted from the full experience. Frites were also a little short in supply. For good mussles in a wine broth, I'd run not walk to La Voile in Back Bay, which I realize is not in Cambridge or Brookline but sort of splits the difference in between. Accept no substitutes.

        La Voile
        261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

        1. re: Dr.Jimbob

          I went to Publick House last night and completely agree with what you said. The mussels themselves were good, but I tried 2 different broths and they both had a burnt, almost astringent taste. I wasn't expecting amazing, but these were pretty nasty. On a positive note, the beer was great.

          1. re: seedove17

            Don't know about the burnt flavor, but the mussel broth they make with Mojo IPA totally ruins the mussels. Bitter beer should not be used to make mussels imo, since it turns the mussels bitter - even a moderate level of bitterness in a beer can do it too. And since the Amarillo hops used in Mojo give the beer itself a sharp bitterness, its easy to see why they can be astringent.

      2. Gran Gusto in Huron Village does this as an appetizer. Come for the mussels, stay for the superb pizza margherita.

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        1. re: finlero

          When I saw the subject line, I immediately thought of Gran Gusto as well. Delicious!

        2. Publick House Brookline but note they serve them in beer based broths, no white wine versions IIRC.

          1. Central Kitchen. Best I've had.

            1. I recently had the mussels at Khao Sarn in Brookline, really wonderful aromatic broth with lemongrass and other Thai herbs. Also no white wine but worth a try for sure.