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"Fresh" Seafood near Hartford, CT

Can anyone share a good seafood market (for take-home) near Hartford, CT? I tried CityFish Market a few times, but when I saw head-on shrimp and asked where they were from, the counter lady said "I have no idea". It's been a challenge finding fresh seafood in this area, and I hate to visit Stew's now that my kids are too old to justify the visit "because my kids love it"!

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  1. why does that mean that the seafood isn't fresh? head on shrimp is probably less processed than headless shrimp. anyway, when i lived in hartford, i bought a lot of seafood from apple tree on new park rd and adong asian market on new britain ave. the seafood is probably not yuppie quality, but the prices are reasonable and i never had a problem with freshness.

    1. Whole Foods has a nice fish dept, but it's pricey.

      1. There are 2 locations in Hartford now for Tinkers Seafood which is both a market and a restaurant. One is on Park Street near the WH line (in the same area as O'Porto) and the other (according to a recent article in the Advocate) is now located where the old muni was.


        1. Not sure I see the connection between "I have no idea" and "fresh". The counter person is an hourly employee who doesn't source the fish. While it would be nice for the employee to know, that doesn't impact freshness. The fish at City Fish is perfectly fine and fresh, and the volume of business they do ensures that the product nevers sits too long or gets old.

          Whole Foods is OK, but the prices are not competitive with City Fish. I haven't had much luck with seafood at Stew's except for frozen crab legs.

          1. Definitely give Appletree a whirl, they have some really awesome stuff..

            1. Don't know if you'd consider Old Saybrook "near" Hartford, but they definitley have fresh seafood and they're nice people to boot. 45 minutes or so from Hartford. Takes a little longer if you hop off Route 9 at Exit 10 and take Route 154 down to Old Saybrook. Meanders down along the river passing through towns like Higganum, Deep River and Essex. Highly recommend it.

              Atlantic Seafood..1410 Boston Post Road, Old Saybrook, Ct..(860)388-4527

              1. I second the Tinkers on Park Street and A Dong on New Britain Ave. Both have a really good selection.

                1. I doubt you are going to find any fresher fish than City Fish anywhere other than at the dock. It is too bad you were served by someone who did not know anything there, but I have found the staff to be generally very knowledgable there. I would try it again and talk to one of the other staff if you want more information. Jay

                  1. Returned to City Fish after reading replies and had a better experience. Also tried Tinkers, which is really close to my home- and was pleasantly surprised to find excellent seafood. I wonder who the Max Group fish supplier is? Thanks for the suggestions.

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                    1. re: stuck in Hartford County

                      I have seen trucks from several different purveyors making deliveries to the Max restaurants. On many occasions I have seen "Golden Hook" trucks parked outside, which is the City Fish wholesale brand.

                      1. re: FoodieJim

                        I am pretty sure Max's use City Fish for most of their seafood. It is the best around. Jay

                    2. I have been buying fish at City Fish for decades, and their fish is the freshest around, and their prices quite good. They keep the store clean, and have frequent turnover, so you get the freshest fish around. Keep going back and you will be pleased. Ignore the one clueless employee you encountered. I have asked many questions over the years of various emloyees there and they have given me the right answers. I have never had a bad experience here or a bad piece of fish.