ISO Irish groceries
My best friend has recently returned from an extended stint in Dublin and is craving various Irish delicacies (cultured butter, brown bread, breakfast pudding, rashers etc). I know that various of these items can be found at one place or another, but I was wondering if anyone knows of a store in metro Boston/Cambridge/Somerville with a broad selection of Irish groceries...
Two popular, well stocked shops are across the street from one another in Brighton on Fanueil St.. One is called Kiki's Quick Mart and I don't know the name of the other. I think your friend will be pleasantly surprised by the wide range of products they both carry including all the items you mentioned above.
The other is called faneuil street market. Both Kiki's and they carry a large variety of Irish imported goods, a bunch of greek items, some latino and brazilian too. Brown bread and other baked goods can sell out (as they can at some of the bakeries mentioned). They do have brown bread mix. Note while they carry Irish butter, its not cultured butter. Your best option for that is Vermont Butter & Creamery, probably most easily purchased at Whole Foods. Johnnie's Foodmaster also carries most of the meat products mentioned plus butter (Demoula's butter and maybe bacon), but some of them from the Olde Irish Butcher shop instead of the imported type. Nature's Harvest in Davis Square has a decent variety, in the freezer (including the bread they carry).
Try Gerard's and Greenhill Bakery in Dorchester right on Adams St. in Adam's Corner. They are a store/restaurant and bakery respectively. It is right off the Granite Ave. exit on 93 across fro the Eire pub. They both have a big Irish crowd and most of the groceries and bakery items you seek.
Do any of these places sell smoked haddock (finnan haddie)? I ask because the only place we were able to find good smoked haddock in NYC was in an Irish shop. Wulf's in Brookline does sell it, but the quality was not very good. (In case you're wondering, it's a key ingredient for kedgeree.)
The subject of Finnan Haddie re-surfaces on the Boston board every year-and-half or so.
Although it's been awhile, I've purchased smoked haddock at Turner's in Melrose and Captain Marden's in Wellesley.Here's a Hound thread from '07 that you may find useful:
Turner's Seafood Grill & Mrkt
506 Main St, Melrose, MA 02176
279 Linden St, Wellesley, MA 02482