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ksueroy Sep 30, 2010 05:38 AM

Happy Fall Ya'll! I just moved back to Boston from the DC area...and at this time of year, I find myself searching for the best mussels. In DC, we had a great place for mussels down town in Brasserie Beck - a Belgium Gastropub with an amazing beer list and a charcuterie plate that is this French Canadian girl's dream! ...but i digress ;-)

So, how about it, where can a gal find great mussels here in the Boston area?

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    mandasanval Oct 2, 2010 06:39 AM

    Central Kitchen in Cambridge has the best mussels I can find. They're listed as an app, but really are more like an entree. They are in a wonderful garlicy broth and come with fries and aioli

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    Central Kitchen
    567 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139

    1. rlove Oct 1, 2010 09:28 AM

      I love the Steamed Mussels Marinière au Pastis at Bistro du Midi, which is served as an appetizer and quite good.

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      Bistro du Midi
      272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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        cutipie721 Oct 1, 2010 02:51 PM

        oooooohhh yes!! Hands down the best mussels we've had in Boston. My BF used to love the mussels in Brasserie Beck the most and wanted to go whenever we talk about DC. Either he forgot how it tasted like, or this one is truly better.

        Unfortunately it's served in a rather deep bowl and the broth just gets lost till almost the end.

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        Parsnipity Oct 1, 2010 05:46 AM

        I had mussels at Neptune Oyster last night-- great sauce, a curry with a ton of garlic and cashews that I mopped up every last bit of. But the mussels were... really, really wimpy. Seriously: 2cm mussels nestled into like 6-8 cm shells. I don't know from mussel seasons, but the OP's post leads me to believe this is a fine time of year to order mussels. So what gives, Neptune?

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        Neptune Oyster
        63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113

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          CocoDan Oct 1, 2010 07:58 AM

          Quincy is in the Boston area, and if you go to the "Fat Cat" you won't be disappointed in their spicy mussels. And if you're real nice to the chef, Tom, he'll grill you some in house made foccacia to dip. Always fresh, always delicious!
          Enjoy,
          CocoDan

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          Canadian Tuxedo Sep 30, 2010 10:26 AM

          Having lived in DC for a few years before returning to Boston myself, I can tell you that while all the suggestions here are great, nothing in Boston approaches the mussels at Brasserie Beck. I always make it a point to go when I'm back in DC for work.

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            tatsu Sep 30, 2010 10:55 AM

            um ya, like i was sayin

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              Canadian Tuxedo Sep 30, 2010 12:57 PM

              Um, ya, none of the places you mention (with the possible exception of Gallows, since I haven't been) offer anything close to the mussel and frites selection of Beck.

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            Fly Sep 30, 2010 06:27 AM

            The mussels at the Publick House in Brookline are pretty good, served 4 ways.

            The fries are less impressive, but still pretty tasty.

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            Publick House
            1648 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

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              jforman Sep 30, 2010 06:03 AM

              Check out Tory Row in Harvard Square. You get a great portion of very tasty mussels with some toasted bread that is never enough to sop up all the juice leftover in the wok.

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              Tory Row
              3 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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                justbeingpolite Sep 30, 2010 06:22 AM

                Always a fan of East Coast Grill's PEI mussels steamed in coconut milk with chilis and lime, but be sure to order the grilled bread to sop up the broth with!

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                East Coast Grill and Raw Bar
                1271 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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                  Gabatta Sep 30, 2010 07:39 AM

                  ECG is the version that immediately came to mind for me as well, and yes, grilled bread is a must. Other versions of the top of my head include Brasserie Jo with good frites, and Green Street Grill.

                  Luckily for the OP, good mussels aren't too tough to track down in these parts.

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                  Green Street
                  280 Green St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                  Brasserie Jo
                  120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

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                lc02139 Sep 30, 2010 05:51 AM

                Try Daily catch at the Federal court house on northern avenue it's only an app but the mussel's Siciliano is great and get a calamari meat ball as well

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                Daily Catch
                2 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

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                  tatsu Sep 30, 2010 05:57 AM

                  holy mussels in lambic, brasserie beck is one of DC's best, how can you compete with beer knight bill? and the food is soooo good. i enjoyed it more than central even, on some levels.

                  can't even think of anything like it here, boston gastropubs are smaller not as elegant. try this thread first, and after that - search for eastern standard, gallows, lord hobo, russell house, close as you'll get to the great BB.

                  chowhound.chow.com/topics/731677

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                    digga Sep 30, 2010 07:19 PM

                    Russell House? Only if you like tons of butter in your simmering broth and little else. I just had it a few days ago and I won't be ordering it again anytime soon.

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                      tatsu Oct 1, 2010 03:33 PM

                      Well that's fine, I was just throwing suggestions out to research. I haven't been very comprehensive about mussels here. I thought the ones at Lord Hobo were ok, the fries were good, and overall a very good deal at 10 bucks for both.

                      But not like BB obviously.

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                      Lord Hobo
                      92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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                      ksueroy Oct 1, 2010 06:44 AM

                      How can you not love beer knight bill? Especially we he brings you samples of the amazing beer and explains how, with his title, he can make you a 'lady'. ;-) How adorable!

                      It is hard to compare BB and Centrale - both have their merits...but i do agree, on some levels BB surpasses Centrale.

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