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Jan 27, 2009 07:47 PM

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...

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: tweetie

      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).

    2. try the homemade brown bread and scones at breads n bits of ireland on main street in melrose

      1. 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.

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        1. re: Shamrock22

          I was going to suggest Gerard's and Greenhill as well. I've always been happy with the items I've bought there, especially the bacon and puddins

          1. re: Pegmeister

            I third Gerard's and Greenhill. Greenhill has great bangers and the best brown bread.

        2. Farmers Bounty in Davis Square has a small selection of items. Also try Lynch's on Adams Street in Dorchester. They have a great deli section

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          1. re: bluestbluesea80

            Do you mean Ashmont Market on Adams Street?

            1. re: Guinness02122

              Oh maybe thats it. The place on the corner with alcohol and the deli in the back

              1. re: bluestbluesea80

                Right. It's run by 3 Greek guys. They have a good selection of Irish products. It's on the corner of Ashmont & Adams.

          2. 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.)

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            1. re: pamlet

              can't answer your shopping question but right now Hamersley's has a wonderful dish that is a lovley piece of haddock in a finnan haddie chowder. It is a dream dish.

              1. re: pamlet

                Hi pamlet,
                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

                Captain Marden
                279 Linden St, Wellesley, MA 02482