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Aug 17, 2009 03:50 AM

Live in-shell scallops?

Hey all,

Can anyone point me in the direction of a place that sells live, in-shell scallops? I'd love to find some sea scallops, though in-shell bay-scallops, pink scallops, or other varieties would be okay too. None of my searches came up with anything.

And while on the subject, what about langoustines (or similar large prawn-y creatures)? I don't think I've ever seen fresh langoustines around here.

I live in Palo Alto, though I'm willing to drive if necessary. Thanks in advance!


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  1. I don't think I've ever seen in-shell scallops in the Bay Area...if there are any, they would be prohibitive. I doubt any sea food vendor would risk it. I used to be able to get real scampi from A. Romeo Fish in SF, but I think they have been out of busuness for yesrs. Might try some wharf wholesalers. The scampi were frozen (from the Adriatic) but were sweet. You are not going to find much fresh shellfish in this area.

    1. ABS has live scallops. You might ask them about langoustines. I think they're wholesale only but they could direct you to retailers.

      1. Thanks for the tips. I remember seeing live scallops at the Ferry Building last year. That's the last time I can recall. I emailed ABS, so we'll see if they can point me in the right direction.


        1. Hi Robert,

          Please keep us updated about ABS. If they don't carry them, I'll be traveling to Seattle in late September and may be able to bring some live (or freshly dead) in shell Qualicum scallops (Japanese X weathervane hybrids) back to San Francisco.

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          1. re: alfredck

            ABS does have them! They emailed me this morning and agreed to sell some direct to me, even they are a wholesale. Thanks very much for the offer though, alfredck. Much appreciated nonetheless.


            1. re: robertb

              I love live scallops. How much was ABS selling them for? I'd like to order some too if the cost isn't prohibitive.

              1. re: robertb

                Hi Robert,
                Any word on the scallops? Species, quality, quantity,price? I emailed ABS and they never replied. Who was your contact? Maybe I tried to contact the wrong person. Thanks.

                1. re: alfredck

                  Since ABS isn't being very responsive - you might try Monterey Fish. It seems I've seen live scallops there in the past ?

                  1. re: gordon wing

                    They'd probably be able to special-order them. I've never seen anything that unusual on display there.

            2. I've purchased frozen langoustines (Dublin prawns) from:
              <http://scottishgourmetusa.gourmetfood...>, pricey, but wonderful on a paella.

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              1. re: jimtak

                That link doesn't work for me and frozen langoustines are not live scallops.
                Previous go-round, it seems for everything there is a season and the season for Monterey Fish started in November.

                1. re: jimtak

                  Thanks,langoustines(salt water) are a favorite of mine as are their cousins crawdads(freshwater).The link isn't working for me.Is it just me?