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Has anyone heard that FreshPond Fish may be reopening in Arlington?
As far as I'm concerned, they used to have the best seafood products around at one time.

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  1. That would be AMAZING!

    1. Wow that would be cool, they got clobbered by WF nearby. That building was a such a dump it's good they bulldozed it. I also miss "I Love NY" Korean market, the banchan was excellent there.

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      1. re: tatsu

        That was easily the best Banchan in Boston. I agree, terrible loss.

        I loved the dumpy fish shack vibe of FPF. Was so sad when they closed. The fish was super fresh, and reasonably priced. The fish shack just seemed New England Appropriate.

        1. re: StriperGuy

          Entirely agree, hope it's true.

        2. re: tatsu

          Jeez those puddles were bigger than the reservoir itself...FP Fish could of farm-raised crawfish in those pools...

        3. That would be great as I've been looking for a nearby reliable source of seafood since Moulton's has become more restaurant then fish market. Whole Foods West Medford is OK, but would prefer a real fish market.

          1. That would be great! We've been going to Carey's Catch, but their selection is small. Please keep us posted!

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            1. re: digga

              Where's Carey's Catch? Does anyone have experience with Frankie's Catch of The Day in Belmont Center?

              1. re: pemma

                Corey's Catch in right on Mass. Ave. on the Arlington Heights/Lexington border.

                I've been to Frankie's a few times with good results. It's not cheap, but the fish has been very fresh, and Frankie (?) is friendly and helpful. I didn't love the style of fish and chips a few years back, though. Haven't tried them recently.

            2. I drove by their new site last night- it's on Summer St, not far up from the Rt 60 interchange. So close to Arlington center. It was dark & I didn't see what was going on inside, but the sign is up!

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              1. re: tall sarah

                Where exactly is it? I was by that area yesterday and didn't see it.

                1. re: pemma

                  Is it perhaps past Dunkin Donuts across from Scutra in the building that was both a produce market and used car lot before?? Sort of a large space for them, but a few weeks ago that location had a "just leased" sign up. That is closer to Rt 3 than Rt 60 interchange, but the above poster means where 60 curves at Arlington Center rather than the 60 rotary (which to me means interchange).

                  1. re: itaunas

                    It's at 75 Summer Street, between Cutter Hill Road and Edgehill Road. Here's a map: http://bit.ly/9mqELz

                    1. re: hiddenboston

                      That is the spot I mentioned above. I wonder if they will do more than fish because from what I recall there is closer to 1.5 levels of retail space and that massive parking lot. Their market at FreshPond was relatively large compared to other fishmongers (the fishmonger in Cambridge, New Deal, Courthouse, Captain Boston), but just a bit larger then Carey's. Depending on what is happening with Busa going forward, having more produce options would be good. Although the market which opened there had a real hard time selling perishables (fruit, bread, etc) and did better with things like product's from Dom's, I think they will draw more traffic.

                      1. re: itaunas

                        The old Fresh Pond Seafood did some produce, so my guess is, there will probably be produce at the new spot. Perhaps canned goods and baked goods as well? I guess we'll have to wait and see.

                      2. re: hiddenboston

                        I know exactly where that is. No too far from me, great. It used to be a Mirak used car lot and then I think it was a produce place or something.

                2. Yes, Yes It's true "THE KING IS BACK" Suppose to be opening in early Feb.! Can't wait!!!!!!! Fresh Fish once again! They are going to have take out too!!! That's different for them! I wish them the best of luck!!!! Marty is really funny!!

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                  1. re: Buzzard1959

                    AWSOME! I love New Deal, but it is SO hard to get to.

                    1. re: Buzzard1959

                      Perfect--just in time for Lent!

                    2. They have a site up now, and a facebook page linked from it as well.


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                      1. re: rknrll

                        They are on facebook, therefore they are.

                        1. re: FoodDabbler

                          Just met Marty... nice guy.

                          Said he's going to be cooking there as well.

                      2. Right off the bike path. Excellent. I expect I'll be stopping there on the way back from Trader Joe's sometimes.

                        Trader Joe's
                        1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

                        1. Per facebook:

                          "final Inspection Friday from board of health if all goes well we hope to open the fish market next week and then the take out not much long after Thanks marty"

                          Also saw them installing a bike rack today.

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                          1. re: rknrll

                            That's how Legal Seafoods got started - first a fish market, then a takeout fish 'n chips counter, then a great little restaurant, then - well, they probably should have stopped growing at that point, but hey, history is history.

                            1. re: BobB

                              This is a lot larger than Legal seafoods initially was, although the retail space at Fresh Pond itself was pretty big. BTW, the Daily Catch started out as a food truck at fairs and Courthouse Seafood used to do wed/fri fish fries inside the fish market (they and Fernandes Fish Market still sell prepared fish and other foods inside the market). Moulton's once was more of a fish market, now its more restaurant. BTW, pretty certain its been mentioned but the new Fresh Pond Seafoods location is just off the Alewife bike path, so they may have moved from Fresh Pond Circle, but for old neighbors there is still an easy way to get to the new store.

                              Daily Catch
                              323 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

                              Fernandes Fish Market
                              1097 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

                              1. re: itaunas

                                I'm not sure I'd want to be riding a bike with a piece of fish in my basket. :-)

                                1. re: hiddenboston

                                  Why? Afraid of a seagull attack? ;-)

                                  1. re: BobB

                                    :-b No, I'm afraid of myself. I fall down a lot.

                                  2. re: hiddenboston

                                    Maybe a publicity shot for Fresh Pond Fish Market should be someone riding down the bike path with a large whole fish slung over their shoulder. Sort of like the photo of Jamie Bissonnette with half a pig slung over his shoulder emphasizing the sort of. (Definately wouldn't be _like_ if they did it with a fixie, though :-) )

                                    1. re: itaunas

                                      Somehow, this discussion reminds me of that U2 line - "a woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle...."

                                      I take the path home...I'll definitely will be stopping by for my fish fix, especially now that Carey's Catch has closed its doors.

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                              2. Market opening Thursday.

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                                1. re: rknrll

                                  Yes, Fresh Pond posts on Facebook that the market will open Thursday, 6/23. Take-out/restaurant to open later.

                                2. Drove by at 9am this morning and the "Open" sign is up. I'll stop in tonight (hours are 9am to 8pm).

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                                  1. re: sablemerle

                                    I shopped this morning. Prices aren't cheap. I did splurge for grey sole at $17.99/ lb. Ouch. MD soft shell crabs are $4.99 each. They have farmed & wild fish, not a huge variety. Lots of people working there. Sorry I don't have more to report regarding prices & offerings. With all the employees looking at me, I didn't want to appear to be scoping it out too much :)

                                    The hot to order items will be ready sometime after July 4th. No beer or wine license unfortunately. I did say it would be great for them to have one.

                                    1. re: tall sarah

                                      On Friday went with the wife and had a fried clam roll; she had a fried scallop roll. Both came with fries. The food was well made, hot out of the fryolater, nicely breaded. Kind of wish they had toasted the roll, but a good meal. They only have 3-4 booths in there, so not a lot of sit-down capacity. It would be nice if they set up some picnics tables with umbrellas in that massive expanse of a parking lot..

                                      They were doing a booming take out business that night..

                                  2. Stopped by for some Fish and Chips today but that didn't work out to well. Soft shelled crabs are here and they had a crab sandwich with fries as a special so that's what I had. Excellent and the fries are good as well.


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                                    1. re: Ferrari328

                                      I really like this place. Have had fried clams and fish and chips with great fish chowder for lunch and both were great. How much was the ssc?

                                      1. re: gourmaniac

                                        $7.95 or 8.95. I thought it was a good deal.

                                        1. re: gourmaniac

                                          oh boy. we're gonna go now, thx to you. glad you chimed in!

                                      2. I really wish this place would make their own tartar.