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Best Steamed Mussels (in Boston area?)

beeker77 Jul 14, 2008 08:10 AM


I am looking for recommendations for some delicious steamed Mussels (within Boston, or Cambridge.) I'm talking delicious broth, fresh, juicy, plump mussels. I'm not concerned with the price, venue, sauce-type, or cuisine-type. I've tried the usual suspects (primarily seafood restaurants) and haven't been impressed (although Taranta's are quite good.) I would love some suggestions, as I'm craving just a plain-old-delicious bowl of mussels!

Thanks in advance!

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    JPAub RE: beeker77 Jul 14, 2008 08:17 AM

    I had some great mussels at Giacomo's in the North End.

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      Harp00n RE: JPAub Jul 14, 2008 09:39 PM

      And I'll second on Giacomo's, still my favorite after all these years,

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      italyinmind RE: beeker77 Jul 14, 2008 08:27 AM

      I enjoyed the mussel appetizer at Union in the South End. Also, I haven't tried them yet (they run out every time I'm there!), but I've heard great things about the Mussels at Highland Kitchen in Somerville (not Cambridge/Boston, but close, and worth the trip, in my mind)

      Union Bar and Grille
      1357 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118

      Highland Kitchen
      150 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

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        Karl RE: beeker77 Jul 14, 2008 08:29 AM

        Aquitaine has some of the tastiest.

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          beeker77 RE: Karl Jul 14, 2008 08:53 AM

          Thank you for the rec's thus far... my list has begun. And since I now live in the South End, I think I know my first destination(s)!

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            twentyoystahs RE: Karl Jul 14, 2008 07:11 PM

            I second Aquitaine. I am not even a huge mussel fan but their mussel app is amazing. The broth is absolutely delicious. The best mussels I've ever had anywhere.

            FYI: If you are looking for the standard mussels in white wine & garlic preparation, this isn't it. It's much tastier (IMO), with hints of sherry/brandy and butter and i'm not quite sure what else...but so delicious.

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            Pegmeister RE: beeker77 Jul 14, 2008 08:58 AM

            75 Chestnut; Artu and Antico Forno all do mussels well.

            1. rlh RE: beeker77 Jul 14, 2008 09:43 AM

              Hands down, no question - it's Green Street in Central Square - Central Kitchen USED to also be a standout - but 2 of last 5 tries weren't so stellar (but not bad). Moulton's in Medford also does them really, really well (and the most "no frills" approach) but is pretty far off the beaten track. In a one visit sample, the Highland Kitchen version neither excited nor offended - not worth a detour IMHO, however.

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                sablemerle RE: rlh Jul 14, 2008 09:30 PM

                Moulton's in Medford does do them exceptionally well.

                No atmosphere to speak of at all, just very fresh, really well-cooked seafood.

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                  trishaluana RE: sablemerle Jul 15, 2008 02:48 PM

                  I agree that Moulton's does a great job but my problem with them is that they don't serve any bread with it. I had to order their garlic bread app. (for like $3.50 or something) and the bread was kinda lame, soft, buttered, standard garlic bread. I always LOVE a nice crusty hunk of bread with my mussels. Highland Kitchen's were good and they gave me multiple servings of delicious bread to soak up the broth. Theirs was a bit spicy, which I liked. Moulton's was the standard garlic with white wine broth. My one year old was enjoying spoonfuls of it!

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                  heathermb RE: rlh Jul 15, 2008 09:52 AM

                  Second the rec for Green Street - those mussels are incredible.

                  I also really like them at ESK, but haven't had the newest iteration. Can't imagine they wouldn't be good though.

                3. fmcoxe6188 RE: beeker77 Jul 14, 2008 11:01 AM

                  Ive really enjoyed them at Eastern Standard- though I believe they recently changed their recipe and I havent tried those yet. Taranta in the North End also did a nice interpretation.

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                    phatchris RE: fmcoxe6188 Jul 14, 2008 03:27 PM

                    Lucca's mussels in the North End are very good in a grainy mustard wine sauce.

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                    chuck s RE: beeker77 Jul 14, 2008 04:10 PM

                    I love the mussel appetizer at East Coast Grill. It's been awhile so I don't remember exactly but I believe it's a Thai syle. I just lap up the broth when done.

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                      ritcey RE: beeker77 Jul 14, 2008 04:23 PM

                      I had a delicious (and large) order of mussels at Brasserie Jo a few weeks ago

                      Brasserie JO
                      120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

                      1. MeffaBabe RE: beeker77 Jul 15, 2008 04:55 AM

                        Believe it or not I had some delicious mussels at Maggiano's Little Italy in Boston. They had a great sauce/broth they were steamed in and were simply delicious.

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                          beeker77 RE: MeffaBabe Jul 15, 2008 05:45 AM

                          Thanks again for all of the great responses. I have recruited a friend of mine to (slowly but surely) try all of the places mentioned. A mussel-tasting adventure of sorts...!

                        2. CocoDan RE: beeker77 Jul 15, 2008 06:00 AM

                          I've been eating mussels all my long life, and I was blown away by the mussels at "Bon Caldo" on Rt 1 in Norwood. It's really worth the drive out there. Make sure you have the server bring you a soup spoon to polish off all the broth. Great wine list too!

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                            Pegmeister RE: CocoDan Jul 15, 2008 06:43 AM

                            CocoDan - What's the atmosphere like at Bon Caldo? Is casual ok? I couldn't tell from there website.

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                              CocoDan RE: Pegmeister Jul 15, 2008 01:07 PM

                              Hi Peg, It's one of those places you can dress up or go smart casual. It has a very European feel. I also see people in jeans.

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                            bostongal RE: beeker77 Jul 15, 2008 03:27 PM

                            The last time I had delicious mussels was at Mistral - they take them out of the shell and serve them iun this incredible sauce...haven't had them in awhile but now that you mention it, I am craving them!

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                              Rubee RE: bostongal Jul 15, 2008 03:46 PM

                              Those are my husband's favorite too - with smoked tomato. I'm a fan of the ones at Aquitaine steamed in sancerre. Those versions are classics and have been on both those restaurant menus from the beginning.

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