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Affordable fish in the Concord, MA area?

While I loving my new suburban lifestyle, one of the adjustments I'm finding hard to swallow is the outrageous price for fish. In Somerville, I could even walk into the local Shaws and find reasonably fresh seafood and pay around $6 a lb for Salmon on sale. Now only a 30 min drive away, all the fish is in the double digits per pound ($8 a lb for Tilapia! The bargain fish!!) at both the grocery store and the fish markets.

Why is the 1/2hr drive such a big deal that it sends fish prices through the roof? Is there someplace in the Concord area ( Feel free to offer options in surrounding towns) that I am missing that doesn't charge an arm and a leg for fish? I am currently buying in bulk at the Costco in Waltham and freezing it, but I'm hoping there's another solution out there :)

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  1. Not sure of the pricing but excellent quality/nice place
    Twin Seafood in Concord.
    Great fried to go dinners too.

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    1. re: hargau

      Also the Atlantic Sea Grille has a good size fish counter. Never have bought anything there but dinner. http://www.atlanticseagrill.com/marke... We get our fish at Shaws, Market Basket and Roche Brothers, usually when on sale.

    2. Try the Quarterdeck in Maynard.

      1. I've lived in Concord many years, have tried most of those options, and I buy my fish frozen at Trader Joe's (the one just west of Concord is the closest)-- it's fresh, the price can't be beat, and they clearly state if it's wild caught. The supermarket fish is not always fresh, and the Costco fish is not wild.

        Occasionally I buy frozen from Market Basket in Somerville, or fresh from Courthouse.

        1. I feel your pain, and I agree with your assessment completely. I'd rather not eat fish at all than freeze it, though. I think Twin Seafood is probably the best you're going to do. At least their stuff is fresh and high quality. Some supermarkets sometimes have a good price on some fish, but you can never count on it.

          1. I might get fish frames thrown at me for saying this, but Whole Foods often has good sales on fish. I've bought wild-caught salmon for $10/lb. Still not cheap but at least you'd get something better than tilapia :-) There's a store in Bedford.

            1. You might want to give this CSF a try:
              They have a pickup spot in Lincoln on Wednesdays 4:30-6:30pm.
              Seems like there's still time to sign up for the August season!

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              1. re: mrgeocool

                Concord Fish & Prime has amazing quality. Mike's family owns a seafood distributor on the docks in Boston.

                cheap price and quality seafood shouldn't be used in the same sentence. If you want $5 two week old chilean salmon fillets, stop & shop will fit the bill.

                If you want great quality day boat cod, and Alaskan king salmon, try Mike.

                1. re: typhoonfish

                  Agree..excellent quality at Concord F & P.

                  1. re: typhoonfish

                    I am firmly convinced there is a middle ground between the two. That is in fact the critical issue in Concord, that the middle ground is missing. You can either get total garbage at the Stop & Shop, or the ultra premium at Twin or CFP. I appreciate investing in quality, but there is always a middle ground between quality and the absolutely freshest /highest quality fish money can buy. I like to enjoy fish like that on an occasion, but I can't afford to eat it 3 times a week, which is how often I used to eat fish before I moved. I'll check out the Quarterdeck in Maynard, trader Joes, and Shaws.....Thanks hounds!!

                2. Quarterdeck in Maynard and get on their mailing list. They send out an email each time their return from the pier (twice a week). That's obviously the best day to pick up the freshest quality fish. They also dare to buy more unusual fish like skate for example.

                  Twin Seafood is extremely pricey. For example, with lobsters, the last time I bought lobsters there they were $16.99/lb. Expensive! They make their own chowders, which are the best in the area.

                  The Shaws in Stow probably has the best supermarket quality fish and selection in the area. Roche Bros in Acton is second best for supermarket fish.

                  Trader Joe's in Acton for flash frozen wild caught fish.

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

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                  1. re: kelly001

                    >They make their own chowders, which are the best in the area.

                    I have seen them pouring chowder from a plastic bag into their holding areas when I was more of a regular about 3-4 years ago.

                  2. I second Atlantic Sea Grille!! Very fresh market and great prices, a couple minutes past the rotary down 2A.

                    1. I think pretty much all the options around the area have been mentioned. If you're freezing your fish anyway, Trader Joe's on 2A in Acton is a decent option. One thing I've found about Roche Bros in Acton is while the seafood quality may be pretty good and there will probably be sales sometimes, there is not much selection unless you want salmon. Looks like lots of choices at first glance, then look closer and there's mostly salmon marinated 10 ways, salmon burgers, etc. along with the usual shellfish subjects. Seems like it used to be better.

                      Concord Prime is pricey so you probably won't like it if you're looking for a deal. Atlantic in Acton will be less expensive if you haven't tried there but not a "deal." From Concord I'd be inclined to hit Whole Foods in Bedford though that's hardly the cheapest place to shop either. Or if you're more towards the Acton side of Concord, Idylwilde Farms in West Acton has a small selection of fish that's gotten more varied lately, not necessarily inexpensive but I've picked up a few things and they've all been fresh and good. (Idylwilde is an overgrown farmstand where you wouldn't expect to find fish but it has a little of everything, leaning towards the high end.)

                      Idylwilde Farm
                      366 Central St, MA 01720

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

                      1. If cheap farm raised salmon is your thing, Donelon's should be ok when on sale- or the Shaw's in Waltham which is only like 15 mins away during non-commuting hours. If you are willing to pay a little more for fresher fish, or some wild salmon, Atlantic seafood is ok or Twin Seafood (usually more selection than Atlantic) I used to buy most of my fish at the Quarterdeck outpost near Verrill Farms when it was open, but I think that may have closed down.

                        My wife and I used to shop at the Donelon's on 2A when we lived out there - happened to be going through the area recently, so we decided to do our shopping there. The wife and I have a new found appreciation for our crappy shaw's in Waltham as most items we usually buy were about 25-30% more expensive at Donelon's.

                        Verrill Farm
                        11 Wheeler Rd, Concord, MA, MA 01742