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Retail oysters for home shucking - ideally in Concord/Acton area, but up to 1 hr away ok

gabe_h May 29, 2009 12:56 PM

I'm planning on getting a big cooler-full of oysters for saturday dinner at home in the Acton/Concord area, and need to find a good place to get them in the neighborhood or a reasonable distance. I'd be willing to travel a bit further for greater quality, wider variety, and/or lower price. Hounds - help!

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  1. cassoulady RE: gabe_h May 29, 2009 01:21 PM

    Captain Mardens in Wellesley.

    1. almansa RE: gabe_h May 29, 2009 01:24 PM

      Concord Prime & Fish:

      They own Sunny's Seafood, one of thew more reputable wholesalers. Also, they have the best beef and pork anywhere. Too bad they're nowhere near me.

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        gabe_h RE: almansa May 29, 2009 01:40 PM

        Thanks, Cassoulady and Almansa! I've called Marden's (I've known them for many years and they're terrific) and Concord Prime (didn't know about that place - what a find!). Both were very accommodating and offered me $1.25 for a quantity of 100 (slightly discounted from their $1.50 retail price). Varieties will depend on what's in their wholesaler's inventory in the morning. Does anyone know another place that might beat those rates while offering similar quality?

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          spicypadthai RE: gabe_h May 29, 2009 01:45 PM

          Twin Seafood in Concord is worth checking out. I haven't been there in a few years but their prices were always pretty reasonable, especially for Concord.


          1. re: spicypadthai
            gabe_h RE: spicypadthai May 29, 2009 02:02 PM

            Definitely better on price, although not on quantity. $9.99/dozen and can do about 50-60.

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              almansa RE: gabe_h May 29, 2009 02:08 PM

              There's also a wide price range for oysters. What you want will wholesale for about 70 cents, and in my experience, you get what you pay for.

        2. re: almansa
          9lives RE: almansa May 29, 2009 02:32 PM

          Second Concord Prime & Fish. i've been buying fish from the family for years and they have incredible quality. Mike has a passion for high quality and will talk for hours about foods, sustainability, where sourced, etc.

          With a day or 2 notice, they should be able to get you any variety of oysters at a fair price directly off the Fish Pier..and trucked to their Concord store.

          Your other option is to go directly to Cape Cod Shellfish on the Fish Pier; but you'll spend more time and gas than what you might save by going through Concord Prime and Cape Cod is not overly "user friendly" and you'll be limited to what they have when you go there; in the early AM.

        3. trufflehound RE: gabe_h May 29, 2009 04:16 PM

          Quarterdeck Seafood in Maynard should be able to help you out. Where is Concord Prime?

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            gabe_h RE: trufflehound May 29, 2009 06:35 PM

            Well, bought out all of the stock at Twin and will hit Concord Prime & Fish tomorrow, so we'll have a good comparison on our hands here. Thanks to all for great feedback!

            1. re: gabe_h
              galleygirl RE: gabe_h May 29, 2009 06:38 PM

              I think my invitation got lost in the mail!!!!

            2. re: trufflehound
              almansa RE: trufflehound May 29, 2009 06:54 PM

              97 Thoreau St, Concord

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                robertlf RE: trufflehound May 30, 2009 02:44 AM

                There is another Quarterdeck location in Concord across from the Verril Farm.

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                  skippy66 RE: robertlf May 30, 2009 02:58 AM

                  That location has been closed for quite a while.

                  1. re: skippy66
                    gabe_h RE: skippy66 Jun 6, 2009 05:06 PM

                    Just reporting back. The Wellfleets from Twin at $10/doz and the Matinucks from Concord Prime & Fish at $18/dozen were both excellent. The Matinucks were much cleaner and not one of them was spoiled. That said, only about 3% of the Wellfleets were DOA, and they were easy to spot (plus, Twin was less careful than they would be with a specific number, since I said "gimme all of 'em" and they didn't charge me for the last ten oysters since they didn't add to a full dozen). All told, both were great. Thanks to everyone for terrific advice!

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