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Fresh Pond Fish reopening

mcrankie Jul 20, 2010 06:04 AM

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. StriperGuy RE: mcrankie Jul 20, 2010 06:18 AM

    That would be AMAZING!

    1. tatsu RE: mcrankie Jul 20, 2010 06:23 AM

      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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        StriperGuy RE: tatsu Jul 20, 2010 06:38 AM

        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.

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          steinpilz RE: StriperGuy Jul 20, 2010 03:09 PM

          Entirely agree, hope it's true.

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          tatsu RE: tatsu Jul 20, 2010 07:36 AM

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

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          pemma RE: mcrankie Jul 20, 2010 09:56 AM

          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. digga RE: mcrankie Jul 20, 2010 05:02 PM

            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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              pemma RE: digga Jul 21, 2010 05:49 AM

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

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                bear RE: pemma Jul 21, 2010 06:05 AM

                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.

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              tall sarah RE: mcrankie Oct 17, 2010 05:30 PM

              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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                pemma RE: tall sarah Oct 19, 2010 05:41 AM

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

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                  itaunas RE: pemma Oct 19, 2010 05:56 AM

                  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).

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                    hiddenboston RE: itaunas Oct 19, 2010 06:15 AM

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

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                      itaunas RE: hiddenboston Oct 19, 2010 06:23 AM

                      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.

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                        hiddenboston RE: itaunas Oct 19, 2010 06:54 AM

                        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.

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                        pemma RE: hiddenboston Oct 19, 2010 11:51 AM

                        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.

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                  Buzzard1959 RE: mcrankie Jan 6, 2011 09:04 AM

                  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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                    StriperGuy RE: Buzzard1959 Jan 6, 2011 10:38 AM

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

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                      cgj RE: Buzzard1959 Jan 6, 2011 11:12 AM

                      Perfect--just in time for Lent!

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                      rknrll RE: mcrankie May 16, 2011 05:38 AM

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


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                        FoodDabbler RE: rknrll May 16, 2011 07:31 AM

                        They are on facebook, therefore they are.

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                          typhoonfish RE: FoodDabbler May 16, 2011 09:17 AM

                          Just met Marty... nice guy.

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

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                        ceo RE: mcrankie May 16, 2011 01:07 PM

                        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

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                          rknrll RE: mcrankie Jun 15, 2011 03:54 PM

                          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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                            BobB RE: rknrll Jun 16, 2011 06:40 AM

                            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.

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                              itaunas RE: BobB Jun 16, 2011 09:29 AM

                              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

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                                hiddenboston RE: itaunas Jun 16, 2011 10:27 AM

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

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                                  BobB RE: hiddenboston Jun 16, 2011 10:39 AM

                                  Why? Afraid of a seagull attack? ;-)

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                                    hiddenboston RE: BobB Jun 16, 2011 11:20 AM

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

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                                    itaunas RE: hiddenboston Jun 16, 2011 12:16 PM

                                    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 :-) )

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                                      digga RE: itaunas Jun 16, 2011 03:46 PM

                                      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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                                        opinionatedchef RE: itaunas Jun 21, 2011 06:01 PM


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                                rknrll RE: mcrankie Jun 20, 2011 08:11 PM

                                Market opening Thursday.

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                                  pemma RE: rknrll Jun 21, 2011 05:28 AM

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

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                                  sablemerle RE: mcrankie Jun 23, 2011 06:23 AM

                                  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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                                    tall sarah RE: sablemerle Jun 23, 2011 07:04 AM

                                    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.

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                                      grant.cook RE: tall sarah Jul 11, 2011 10:03 AM

                                      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. Ferrari328 RE: mcrankie May 3, 2012 10:28 AM

                                    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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                                      gourmaniac RE: Ferrari328 May 3, 2012 11:13 AM

                                      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?

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                                        Ferrari328 RE: gourmaniac May 3, 2012 11:49 AM

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

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                                          opinionatedchef RE: gourmaniac May 3, 2012 01:32 PM

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

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                                        rknrll RE: mcrankie May 3, 2012 11:41 AM

                                        I really wish this place would make their own tartar.

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