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Where to buy good mussels in NoVA?

VirginiaCook Jun 10, 2010 04:18 PM


I have not made mussels for a while and am wondering where to buy some good ones? Around Reston would be ideal.


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  1. Dennis S RE: VirginiaCook Jun 10, 2010 05:36 PM

    At a Restaurant? El Manantial in Tall Oaks has them and they are superb in general (I haven't had the mussels there).

    Surprised to find that Cafe Montmartre doesn't have them listed. Their escargot, though, are to die for.

    327 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

    Tall Oak's Restaurant
    1541 Colony Rd, Pasadena, MD 21122

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      Dennis S RE: Dennis S Jun 10, 2010 05:41 PM

      Oh, and maybe Ice House Cafe. I just checked the menu and they aren't listed, but I swear I saw them when we went about two weeks ago. Perhaps on the specials menu?

      Anyway, if you go there on a weekend, usually a nice jazz band starts up around 7pm. Make reservations for 6:30 and order slowly from the get-go.

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        Dennis S RE: Dennis S Jun 11, 2010 07:32 AM

        Oops - I didn't read carefully enough and thought you were looking for a dining location for them.

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          VirginiaCook RE: Dennis S Jun 12, 2010 09:33 AM

          Ice House cafe sounds like a nice dinner idea, esp with Jazz band : ) Thanks!

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            Dennis S RE: VirginiaCook Jun 12, 2010 12:26 PM

            It really is, and you can tell they have many regulars. Hence the time I told to make the reservation - most make it at 7 and the room is small, but the wait staff is good at taking slow orders.

            It's in our regular date rotation. Last time I had the buffalo meatball dish, which is incredibly affordable and I loved it. Just wanted to pass it along b/c we've been doing a lot of remodeling, etc, and I wanted to have a good evening, but not overly splurge, and there it was - a good dish at a great price.

      2. cast iron RE: VirginiaCook Jun 11, 2010 06:04 AM

        Picked up a bag last time I was at Costco. Surprised at the quality. Only downside is that they only sell it by the bag so you get ALOT of mussels.

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          dining with doc RE: VirginiaCook Jun 11, 2010 06:29 AM

          wegmans, costco, or really any supermarket....they are all farm raised anyway

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            VirginiaCook RE: VirginiaCook Jun 12, 2010 09:32 AM

            Thanks - all. I will try Costco - we need a BIG bag ; )

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              monavano RE: VirginiaCook Jun 12, 2010 03:15 PM

              I heartily agree with costco!

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              VirginiaCook RE: VirginiaCook Jun 13, 2010 10:14 AM

              We went to the Maine Ave fish market for dinner yesterday and it was AWESOME!!!

              Their mussels looked good, but we are going to have a crab-fest first. One bushel for $60 steamed and spiced! Yummy!

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                nmg222 RE: VirginiaCook Jul 12, 2010 11:31 AM

                Try the Great Maine Lobster Company truck at Gilbert's Corner (50/15) on the weekends. Every time I get the mussels, they are better than the last time.

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