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Nantucket Scallops

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  1. I check Mercato Del mare's web site in the Northend daily and no reports yet.

    1. New Deal had a sign in their window saying they had them. I didn't stop in to verify though.

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      1. re: emannths

        Local Cape Bay Scallops are in all the fish markets down here. Be prepared to pay $30 per pound though. Had some last night.....yummy sweet goodness.

        1. re: CapeCodGuy

          Paid $28/lb at J Hook in Downtown a few weeks ago. Delicious! I'd call first to be sure they have them or have them hold some for you.

          1. re: 9lives

            9lives the nantucket bay scallop season doesn't open until 11/1 were you scammed?

            1. re: Bellachefa


              I wasn't scammed.

              I didn't say I bought Nantucket bay scallops; but Local Cape Bay scallops; guessing Wellfleet which opened Oct 1. My post was in response to Cape Cod Guy's directly above miine.

              On Oct 24 when I initially posted, someone else posted about having them at Craigie and ICOB.


              I also know by the taste and would have returned them if I were "scammed." In fact, I went back and bought more.

              1. re: 9lives

                I'm confused. Here you say you can tell the difference by taste and then below you agree that I and most people can't tell the difference. That's like suggesting that I can't taste the difference between local oysters.

                I certainly didn't mean to offend you, but the other scallops have in the past been misrepresented as Nantucket. Perhaps that misbranding is in the past.

                CCG - how much is your weeks pay anyway?

                1. re: Bellachefa

                  Maybe this will clear up any confusion on your part.

                  I can tell by the taste and appearance between the commonly available sea scallops that come from Georges Bank and the smaller Cape Cod Bay/Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket scallop.

                  As I've said from my original post, I bought Local Cape Cod Bay Scallops. If I was scammed, so was Tony Maws at Craigie and the owners of Island Creek Oyster Bar because they were serving the same scallops as I bought on Oct 24. I don't know how they labeled them. I've bought Nantucket and MV scallops in the past and I know their taste and appearance also..basically interchangeable.

                  Are some Wellfleet scallops being sold as Nantucket scallops? Maybe, possibly. I don't know but Hook's properly represented the scallops I bought.

                  I think I'll have a bowl tonight, raw with a little soy and a squeeze of lemon.

                  As an aside, for anyone that actually wants to buy and eat these tasty little things instead of just argue about them, be sure not to overcook..and they don't need a lot of time on the heat..my preference is raw.

                  Island Creek Oysters
                  296 Parks St, Duxbury, MA 02332

                  1. re: Bellachefa

                    Bella...approximately 1/52 of my annual salary.

                    And if by that you mean to claim you can discern the difference between a Cape Bay scallop and a Nantucket Bay scallop, I say "Pishaw"!

                    Ceviche or flash seared is my choice of prep.

          2. Fresh Catch mansfield has them and confirmed they are the real Nantucket Scallop - about $30 a lb but they think in a couple of weeks they will likely drop prices to $20 lb

            I don't like when fishmongers are not honest with whether they are nantucket or cape scallops, I think 9lives likely got cape

            Fresh Catch
            473 E Washington St North, Attleboro, MA

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            1. re: Bellachefa

              I'd wager a weeks pay that you, or anyone else, couldn't tell the difference between Cape's and Nantucket's in a blind taste test.

              1. re: CapeCodGuy

                I'm in agreement with you...and don't forget MV scallops

                BTW, we have this argument every year about this time..:)

                1. re: 9lives

                  lol...it's the snobbish appeal I guess. Either way, they are BOTH terrific. I prefer Cape's as the season's longer.

            2. Well I am certainly not arguing, but I am pleased that proper branding of local products are taking hold. In the past other scallops have been sold as nantucket, and certainly anyone who has any seafood knowledge would not mistake a sea scallop with a bay scallop or a china bay scallop with a local bay scallop.

              I want to know where my seafood has been sourced. I'm glad that cape and mv are recognizing their own brand.

              I'm also envious to those who were enjoying the catch tonight from whatever waters. Just trying to say purveyors should be honest, but can only be as honest as the fisherman. Oh to be on a boat and eat them straight from the shell!!!!

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              1. re: Bellachefa

                We are in full agreement then. I'm a strong believer of buying local and just as I would not want my "local corn" to be from New Jersey, I think that Nantucket Bays should be from Nantucket and likewise for Cape's. I just don't happen to taste any difference between the two as I do with oysters and clams for instance.

                Most of all, I'm hoping to see the price drop from $30/lb to close to the $18 they routinely sold for last season.

                1. re: Bellachefa

                  Fortunately, I have a little seafood knowledge, so thanks for the compliment...though it seems a bit backhanded.

                  I generally know where my seafood is sourced..and know the proper questions to ask at a fish market. Here's a photoset from last summer of some locally sourced seafood you might enjoy.
                  Sorry , no scallops..out of season.


                    1. re: Gabatta

                      that's not tuna belly, it's tuna butter! :)

                2. Whew, lots of debating on this thread. Anyone who claims to be able to taste the diff between bay scallops harvested on MV vs. Nantucket vs. Wellfleet I will wager $500 they can't do so blind. Though knowing that the Nantuckets are hand-harvested by Wallstreet investment bankers sure is sweet ;-).

                  On a related note. As I posted elsewhere restaurant depot in Needham had great scallops for small money yesterday; they just started carrying fish.

                  I am SURE they were not Nantucket, and likely not even New England, but they were not the Chinese junk.

                  Dry they had large Sea Scallops for $8.99 a pound and for &6.99 had bay scallops. Again these are wholesale prices and you have to have a tax id # to even shop there.

                  I bot a pound of the bay and seared them under the broiler (with just a smidge of marjoram and black pepper) and a liberal dose of Cabot 83 butter for about 3 minutes.

                  They also had some beautiful fresh flour tortillas.

                  We ate the scallops with a drizzle of lime juice on the tortillas.

                  They were stunning.

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                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    O-day ou-yat ave-h an id umber-nay I could se-uay to hop-say here-tay?

                    1. re: Bellachefa

                      So they make it a bit tricky. You have to have a business tax ID number, then register, then they give you a bar-coded card that they swipe every time you shop.

                      Unfortunately I gave away all the cards they gave me. That said is is SUPER easy to get a tax ID number, see below. You can also get into the flower mart if you are into that sort of thing.


                  2. Last Friday, Cherry Street Fish Market in Danvers had them for $24.00 a pound.

                    Fish Market
                    170 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

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                    1. re: nlg

                      Not only is it impossible to imagine anyone can tell the difference between Capes, Nantucket and MV, in a blind taste test, but there are some wonderful little gems from the salt ponds in South County RI. I usually get them from there or from Chatham. When we were kids, we could scoop them in nets from the beach in front of our house on the Cape. So sad they are so much scarcer now. Anyway, tis the season, and they have been fabulous so far.

                      1. re: Bivalve

                        Still enjoying these wonderful Cape Bay Scallops but sadly, the prices locally haven't budged from the early season harvest price of $30 per pound. Anyone find them cheaper?