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Best butcher and fishmonger near Bethesda/Friendship Heights Metro?

hcbk0702 Sep 15, 2010 11:47 AM

The title pretty much says it all. I'm certainly willing to pay more for quality, provenance, and freshness, but proximity to the Metro stations would be convenient.


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    Doh RE: hcbk0702 Sep 15, 2010 12:50 PM

    Have you checked out the big new Whole Foods at Friendship Heights (steps from the metro)?

    Black Salt is a good option for fish, but it's not metro accessible.

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      hcbk0702 RE: Doh Sep 15, 2010 01:04 PM

      Yeah, but I was hoping to find better quality seafood than what Whole Foods offers.

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      DCDeb RE: hcbk0702 Sep 15, 2010 03:51 PM

      Bethesda Central Farmer's Market is open on Thursdays and Sundays. They have several meat vendors. Check out Meat Crafters--artisan charcuterie.


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        foodtrip RE: DCDeb Sep 18, 2010 05:08 AM

        In addition to the meat vendors at BCFM, there is also a seafood vendor, Vernon's Seafood. He's only there on Sundays, not Thursdays. I've purchased fish from him a few times and was pleased with the quality. Love the lamb merguez sausages from Meat Crafters!

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          DCDeb RE: foodtrip Sep 18, 2010 11:24 AM

          I tried some Hudson Valley duck breast last time. Yum! Have you checked out the Italian wood roast pizza on wheels? So cool. I want to have an event just to hire them.

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        jchaire RE: hcbk0702 Sep 17, 2010 02:12 PM

        There is a good fish store called A&H on Bethesda Ave. next to the Bethesda Crab House. Lots of good Portuguese products too.

        Bethesda Crab House
        4958 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

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          Pappy RE: jchaire Sep 20, 2010 06:58 AM

          Have you been to A&H lately? It's funny, because I had heard they hired a new head-of-the-shop about a year ago (maybe a little more) and it did experience a very short lived uptick.

          But lately it has been just awful. The selection is extremely limited and the freshness is very questionable. Worse, the prices have crept up alot.

          No more A&H for me. River Falls Seafood only.

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            Teddybear RE: Pappy Sep 20, 2010 12:13 PM

            That has not been our experience. We've gotten wonderful fish there over the last two months, usually shopping on Saturday. The counter guys have been great, too.

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          Ellen RE: hcbk0702 Sep 17, 2010 06:21 PM

          Stonyman Farms at the Bethesda Womens Coop has the best sustainably raised meat in the area (fresh not frozen) and its about three blocks from the metro. In addition to the beef and lamb, their bacon is very good. The meat comes already packaged so they're not a butcher, but its top quality. They also carry a nice selection of locally crafted cheese, fresh eggs, and dairy. And don't miss the French breadmaker while you're there. Only open Wed, Fri and Sat.

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            Marty L. RE: hcbk0702 Sep 20, 2010 09:46 AM

            Wagshal's is excellent for both -- but not cheap. As for seafood, I'd also advise Black Salt (very best quality) and (for the best value and still excellent quality) Salt River -- the latter up on Old Georgtown Road on Fridays and in Kensington on Saturdays.

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              katecm RE: hcbk0702 Sep 20, 2010 10:17 AM

              If the fishmonger in Chevy Chase village, at CT and Legation, is still open, I'd recommend him.

              Chevy Chase
              6200 Chevy Chase Dr, Laurel, MD 20707

              1. hcbk0702 RE: hcbk0702 Sep 20, 2010 12:43 PM

                Thanks for all the great suggestions! I certainly didn't want to resort to Browne Trading Company and huge shipping bills for seafood.

                Is there any place I should specifically visit to get whole duck and/or veal chops?

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                  katecm RE: hcbk0702 Sep 20, 2010 02:02 PM

                  The Super Fresh in Spring Valley, believe it or not, carries a lot of d'Artagnan products. They may have whole ducks, or even include one in their next order for you.

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