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Good fish market w/ good prices for picky fish eater

OK, long title. Basically, I'm allergic to shellfish which is a HUGE bummer. I can't really handle strong tasting fish like salmon or swordfish, so if I want to eat fish, I usually have haddock, scrod, cod, sole, tilapia or halibut. The problem is, I can't find a good fish market w/ reasonable prices. I went to Whole Foods and they were selling haddock for like $8 or more per pound. I can get it cheaper up in Maine at my folks' house and it's fresher or I could go to my boyfriend's in RI and hit Dave's and get it for $3.99, again, fresher and better. Are there any places I could go where I can get good fish at a decent price? I don't mind paying a little extra, but a lot more...that's insane!

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  1. not sure where you live, but Burke's is really good. . .

    http://www.burkesseafood.com/

    1. Sorry, should make where I live clear. I'm in Brookline. I'd like to find a place in Brookline, Boston, Cambridge or Somerville. I don't want to travel to the 'burbs.

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      1. re: BackBayGirl

        Have you tried Wulf's on Harvard? I moved out of Brookline 4 years back, but that was my go-to fishmonger. Very knowledgeable and the fish was as fresh as I've ever had. Whole Foods (may be in Boston at Comm & Washington) would be my backup for Brookline area.

        1. re: BackBayGirl

          I actually did a post asking about them a few months ago and people had told me they went way downhill and that I shouldn't bother. Have you been there lately?

          1. re: BackBayGirl

            I live near Wulf's and am one of the folks who've given up on them. They're not even as good as Whole Foods, which itself doesn't hold a candle to the Fish Lady at the Brookline farmer's market, which is, alas, still a couple of months away from reopening. She's not cheap (last year she charged $10 - $11 a pound for haddock filet, which I also love), but her fish is incredibly fresh and good.

        2. super 88 and ming's always have live tilapia and a variety of flat fishes. the prices are very cheap, but unless you know *how* to buy fish, i'd advise against it.

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            1. re: BackBayGirl

              Basically, you need to learn how to identify good fish if you're going to buy from Super 88. Clear eyes, red gills, and a decent amount of activity for the live ones (though it's hard to gauge activity in a crowded tank). While a live fish is usually okay, personally, I'd rather pay $8+/lb somewhere reliable (like New Deal) - that is a reasonable price, around here. Occasionally I'll buy from Market Basket (~$6/lb), but the quality can vary.

            2. re: hotoynoodle

              The fish area in the Brighton Super 88 always seems to have a foul odor. I grew up on the Gulf Coast and know what a normal fish store smells like. Unfortunately, I wouldn't describe the smell emanating from Super 88 fish area as typical.

              1. re: BroadwayBound

                never been to that location. i only ever go to chinatown, and like i said, it's hit or miss.

            3. I'm a fan of Court House Fish, on Cambridge St in Cambridge, a few blocks down from the Middlesex County Court House. Excellent quality and really helpful folks behind the counter who will help you with preparation etc.

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              Courthouse Fish Market
              484 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

              1. I'm a fan of Courthouse and New Deal in E Cambridge. Capt Marden is also very good and may be convenient for you.

                I think you're going to find the price you pay in RI hard to find for fresh, high quality fish in this area.

                I paid $10/lb at James Hook for a really nice piece of haddock a few days ago. The fish mkt on Salem in the NE was charging the same today.

                Sadly, Wulf's has gone way downhill and I won't buy there.

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                1. re: 9lives

                  I've found that if you want good, fresh fish, you have to pay.