Specialty shops in Quincy?
I'm looking for specifically three things. A butcher, fish monger, and then any place that will sell me some dried food grade lavender to use in cooking. The first two I'd like to be around the Quincy area and the last I will travel to wherever. Anybody help me out?
We tried to get some littlenecks this weekend last minute at Burke's. They wanted $7.99 lb Littlenecks wholesale are $.30 a piece tops. I almost choked on the phone. Their fish and chips are fantastic though.
For wine, John at Wollaston Wine is great , although a little pricey as well. I pay extra because he's great at picking wines.
My wife and I are a huge fan of Gypsy Kitchen.
The meat at the fruit center (Kinneally's) is good as well but astronomical, like Allen Brother's catalog meat astronomical. Whole foods has dry aged for $21 ish a lb, the fruit center is $29+ a lb for dry aged.
I know you didn't ask about a cheese shop, but Gypsy Kitchen in Quincy Center is quite good. The owner is knowledgable about cheese and they have tastings. It's also a good source for wine and hot sauces.
Like Peg, I highly recommend Burkes for seafood. Always top quality. You can order ahead and he'll have what you want if he doesn't have it.
For a butcher, it's worth the 15 minute ride south on 53 to Previte's. They are the best. Get a sub while you're there. The absolute best on the South Shore, maybe eastern MA.