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New Fish store on 2nd street, Manchester NH

New Fish store on 2nd street, Manchester NH

Just been open a few weeks, they say they ship in fish from Maine each morning, my friend tried it last Friday and he is huge into fish said it was maybe the best he has had in a while, they will even cook the lobsters, they also has a small and varied selection of unusual things .

Its in the old Ritz camera store right next to McDonalds, going to try it out tomorr

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  1. I drove by it yesterday after 6pm and it was closed--let us know about the selection, esp whole fish?

    1. yes, do they cut their own fish? anything other than the usual suspects?

      1. I've stopped in twice to pick up mussles because I can't get over how much better they are than from the grocery store. Also picked up some haddock on the second trip and it was the best I've gotten anywhere, hands down. They are very helpful and nice and offer great suggestions.

        1. Nice, thank you - love fresh fish. How is their selection of shell fish?

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          1. re: lexpatti

            If someone could post the name of the store and a phone number it would be appreciated. Before driving a bit off my regular path I'd like to be able to call to verify if they are open.

            1. re: Dave B

              sorry Dave, I tried calling the MacDonalds next door to get the name, but they don't pick up their phone.

              1. re: whs

                ok, it's Free Range Fish and Lobster, 885 2nd St. tel 518-5585. www.freerangefish.com Hours: Mon-Sat 10-7pm, Sun 11-6

                1. re: whs

                  Awesome - thanks! I shall put their info into my trusty Blackberry. I would prepare seafood at home more often if the choices for super-fresh product was wider. The grocery store offerings just don't look all that wonderful much of the time.

                  Can't wait to check it out.

                  1. re: whs

                    Since I have a son/d-in-law/grandson in Manchester, I sometimes see what's up with lexpatti and company; glad I did, and saw the name of the place, since it's by far our favorite place to buy high quality fish at good prices here in Portland. Way to go, Free Range!

            2. Went to Free Range Fish and Lobster tonight. Bought haddock fillets for $4.99 lb. The freshest I think I have ever had. Hope they are successful because I plan on shopping there a lot. Prices are great and SO FRESH! Supermarket two days ago had haddock $8.99 lb.

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              1. re: Moose Miss

                did you notice if they have any whole fish? and if so what kind?

                1. re: qianning

                  They have very little in the way of whole fish on display. I saw trout and a salmon. They did say that if their Portland store had it they could have it shipped over in the daily delivery.

                    1. re: qianning

                      qianning, I just read about Cape Ann Fresh Catch, a community-supported fishing program out of Gloucester MA. They sell whole, head-on fresh fish. Only problem: you have to head down Boston-way to get it: http://namanet.org/csf/cape-ann-fresh...

                      1. re: whs

                        thanks for the link. in fact i go to cambridge mass's courthouse fish market for most of my seafood purchases. i'd give anything for the market in manchester to be more similar....alas!

                        1. re: qianning

                          we can dream--though getting somebody in NH to eat a fish with head-on is probably unachievable...lol

                          1. re: whs

                            heck, i'd settle for dressed smelts if they were only local.....alas!

                            1. re: qianning

                              does the courthouse in e cambridge have fresh smelts for sale? ever had the fried off the menu?

                              1. re: sakeandgin

                                sometimes they have fresh smelts in the market, but not usually local, & they almost always have fried smelts available at the restaurant and in a warming tray at the market.

                                When i first went to courthouse it was a couple of years ago during the beginning of my "where are the local smelts phase", and one of the owners explained to me that local brackish water massachusetts smelts are alomost impossible to get because no-one fishes for them commercially anymore. He was so nice about the explanation, and so knowledgeable about his products that I became a total regular, even though he did not have exactly what i was looking for at the time.

                                I've never ordered the fried smelts at the restaurant....their fried flounder is so good that's what i always get at the & my DC feels the same way about the fried oysters, so not much exploring going on for us at the restaurant.

                                I have had excellent success with all of their whole fish from the market, including a wonderful flounder that we steamed last night.

                                1. re: qianning

                                  Thanks...I will stop in next time i'm through the area my daughter lives nearby. I am happy to hear about the fried oyster...any oyster raw or fried is good by me...know any great place for taiwan oyster omelette???

                                  1. re: sakeandgin

                                    oddly enough taiwan oyster omlette has never been my thing (i'm not big on eggs for some reason). the places to try would be shangri-la in belmont, taiwan cafe in chinatown, jojo taipei in allston, and mulan in cambridge, but none of them really specializes in seafood.

                                    1. re: qianning

                                      thanks for the recs....btw if your in ct fresh smelts from new brunswick ca and fresh whole fish at city fish in wethersfield just off 0f 91 south of hartford @ city fish ctfishct.com

                                    2. re: sakeandgin

                                      fyi, Formosa Taipei in Nashua has Taiwanese oyster omlette on the menu. A group I was there with ordered it, and to my surprise I really liked it, tasted better than i remeber from my years in Taichung.