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Jul 25, 2009 07:09 AM

Source for good mussels in the Boston area?

I've found buying mussels (retail) to be a real crap-shoot in Boston, so I must not be shopping at the right places. I'd appreciate any recs.


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  1. I always have good luck at Costco.

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    1. re: pesto

      i buy them at Captain Mardens in Wellesley - I have also bought them at Courthouse Seafood on Cambridge Street, in Cambridge

    2. Any good fishmonger will have good mussels. Supermarkets are a crapshoot.

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      1. re: trufflehound

        Warning: The following post says something that is _NOT_ ENTIRELY NEGATIVE about Whole Foods Market. Read on at your own risk ;)

        I agree that the seafood departments all supermarkets (WFM included) are a crapshoot, especially where shellfish are concerned, but I've had good luck at WFM getting the Maine mussels that come in the netted bag submerged in ice at the front of the seafood case. Haven't tried them yet this year, but they've sufficed in a pinch in the past when I can't get to a bona fide seafood market.

        1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

          I just got these mussels on Friday night, from the Fresh Pond WF, and they were really quite good. Of two 2# bags, had to throw out fewer than 10. Vere clean and cooked up tender and tasty! $5 a bag, iirc.

          1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

            but please check the dates. I was going to purchase a bag of those maine mussels at the Woburn WF, yet the harvest date was ten days prior. The fishmonger said they had been delivered that day, but they reeked of ammonia...yuk!

            I see so many foods of all kinds at WF that are fully past the "sell by" date...sigh.

        2. I just bought some at James Hook yesterday that were perfect. Nearly all of them were so tightly closed. I bought two bags because you never know how many you'll have to throw out, and I ended up with such an overabundance we couldn't finish them.

          1. I picked up some PEI mussels, Friday, at Burkes, in Quincy and they were great. Didn't have to discard a single one. Mussels fradiavolo on a Friday afternoon, what could be better!