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It's shad season! Where are some good places to eat it besides the Oyster House? I used to go to the Oyster House in its previous incarnation. I try to avoid the New Oyster House (crowded, expensive) so looking for some other options. Anyone have any ideas? I know about Shadfest but looking for a sit down meal.

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  1. I think Johnny Brenda's serves it around this time of year... or maybe just the roe?

    1. Johnny Brendas would be my choice. I believe they helped organize Shad fest and serve it in all it's glorious incarnations.

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      1. re: Nigeltab

        Well New Hope/Lambertville's Shad Fest is this weekend (April 24-25)... to be honest though, I am not sure who serves Shad up there.

      2. I was surprised to see shad roe at my local Genuardi's in Flourttown last night.

        1. Reading Terminal Market had both whole buck and roe shad. Sell for $3/$4 a pound for a 3 or 4 lb fish.Cook it yourself once, you will never go back to the boned fillets that are infinitely older than the whole fresh fish. Yes the bones are a pain, but think of it as a steamed crab meal, more time to get to the meat, but better than the meat alone .

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          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

            YO....that just sparked a flashback to my childhood and my parents love of shad and shad roe.
            I recall them wrapping a whole fish tightly in heavy foil with butter and onions and slow baking at low heat for several hours. The fine rib bones practically dissolved and you could eat the whole thing (except the backbone). I'd love to experiment with that method again. However, a filet and roe set wrapped in bacon, broiled and finished with lemon butter and parsley is a close second. Thanks for that memory!

          2. I had a very nice special of Shad fillet with a smoked scallop vinaigrette topping last week at Friday Saturday Sunday.

            1. Posting this up again for the new 2011 season. Anyone have something or somewhere new to add?
              I saw the Seafood America in Paoli has just put out a sign for Roe. anyone been? price?
              I had some pretty fresh bone in fillets from Giant in Willow Grove about a week ago. Price was right 3.99 @lb. I gotta agree with DelucaCM, Boneless almost always seems less fresh, which doesnt make sence as it should be the faster "mover"..and we just barely broil it with butter and a sprinkle of old bay or paprika, we dont mind "pickin da bones"

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                1. re: seagulls1

                  I don't recall the Wegmans price for the shad but roe sets were going for $11.99 (ouch!) last week. Guaranteed fresh but still ouch.

                  1. re: Chefpaulo

                    Mmmmm roe. I usually get shad and roe at the R and S Keystone. Wonder if they have any yet.

                  2. re: seagulls1

                    There is Shad available at Ippolito's - currently from North Carolina, you usually see more as it moves up the coast. I know Snockey's at 2nd and Washington started running a shad special this week - 17 for shad, 21 for shad and roe I think - no idea how it is I just walk my dogs past there!

                    1. re: Bigley9

                      Snockeys rarely mentioned on the board. Only place in Phila to have Long Island salt oysters. They are very large 'blue points'

                      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                        I haven't been to Snockey's in a while, but last time I was there, oysters and were good and beer and crab legs was fun, but the fish entrees were awful. I'd hesitate to try the shad there but would go in a heartbeat if someone vouches for it.

                      2. re: Bigley9

                        Shad at Ippolitos is now from Virginia and was 7.99/pound

                  3. John Yi in RTM has roe shad, whole for $ 3.49/lb

                    1. We got 2 roe sets, $9.95 per set, our first Time< and a fillet from Giants in Willow Grove.

                      After looking over many recipes for the roe - I gently poured boiling hot water over them to set the skin, dried then poached in bacon fat and butter.

                      I was very careful just to cook thru, like medium not rare or well,
                      kinda disappointing.
                      Shad fish taste but Liver texture and undertones.
                      Is this right?
                      They were a very dark maroon color, I read on sites they can range in color from pink to dark red, But maybe mine were not fresh?

                      We broiled the fillet, as we have done many times, and it was great.

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                      1. re: seagulls1

                        Never saw maroon, but what do l know. When l buy the whole roe shad, the set is usually a pinky beige. Also never had a liver tasting one.

                        1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                          thats what i was afraid of.. not fresh -- i was gonna ride down to Samuels or Ippolitos just to be sure it was fresh -- oh well.. I will give it another try. BUT not from a supermarket

                          1. re: seagulls1

                            Saw postings that both Johnny Brendas and Oyster House had shad (not sure about roe) so the season is upon us.

                            1. re: seagulls1

                              Went to Grobens Seafood in Mt Airy today.
                              Haven't been in a few years and its only 15 min.
                              Why do I go to a supermarket? DUH!

                              Great place, Limited selection which is GOOD as they only handle FRESH NOT FROZEN fish filets and whole fish.

                              I took my daughter (21) as she is just expanding her tastes toward fish.
                              Clyde, the counterman was great. He gave her a tour of all the fish, describing and explaining the differences and then ran down a list of prep and recipes and even wine pairings. She got a small fillet of Perch which we pan sauted in butter and a dash of lemon pepper. She loved it. My FRESH shad fillet had NO fish smell and was perfect under the broiler.

                              1. re: seagulls1

                                LOVE Groben's! Also Top of the Hill Farm Market in Chestnut Hill deals only with the fresh stuff and none of that crap raised in foreign countries.

                            2. re: Delucacheesemonger

                              well that's disappointing to hear. i had the shad roe special at the sansom oyster house and they cooked it so that it was still med/rare-ish in the centre. the colour was essentially maroon and it was quite strong in iron flavour, i would have compared it to liver as well. it was much "meatier" than i was expecting.

                              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                                Hill's Seafood is selling " fresh boneless fillet" all week at $9lb.

                                1. re: danbee1

                                  Which Hill's are still running? I think one of them closed a while ago. And, yes, for freshness, you can't beat Hill's. Upon walking in the door, you'd never know they sold fish. Can't smell a thing.

                                  1. re: Chefpaulo

                                    The one in Kennett Sq is open. Their website currently lists stores in Exton and Media as well.