Fresh Boston Seafood in March?
We will be spending four days in the Boston suburbs and one full day (Saturday or Sunday) in Boston. We both love seafood but don't know what's fresh in March, where to eat it, and if "fresh" even matters in this age of fresh frozen food. Price is not a concern but we don't want to have to dress up as we'll probably be walking around the city all day. I appreciate any and all suggestions! Do any of the Italian restaurants have great fish and/or lobster?
As far as places to go my suggestions would be Island Creek Oyster Bar in Menmore Sq., Neptune Oyster on Salem St (North End, no reservations so go early or at off hours), Legal Seafoods for standard fare, Summer Shack for very good lobsters (Try the pan fried version). You could also try Scampo in the Liberty Hotel for a Lobster Pizza at the bar.
63 Salem St Ste 1, Boston, MA 02113
310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114
Island Creek Oysters
296 Parks St, Duxbury, MA 02332
Maine shrimp looks like it will go to the first week in March.
Very little bay scallops coming off the islands.
Local Haddock and Cod will get real crazy in March with rolling closures both in terms of price and availability with lent. Canadian product is junk. Imported product from Iceland is just as fresh if not fresher than domestic product. True day boat product put on a plane overnight into Boston.
Oysters year round
Scallops year round
Lobsters year round.
typhoonfish do you have any insight into the dried fish that Salvadoran and Guatemalan markets import in mass for lent (sorry a local fish thread is probably not the best place). I have had a hard enough time getting info about how they prepare it (from a friend and shop owners)*, much less info on the fish. Its whole and butterflied, dried almost closer to stockfish then bacalla but its salted and is a small fish and not cod. In Central America it would just be "pescado" whatever whitefish they caught and dried locally, but the importing here is definitely more organized than that so I was wondering if it comes from there or Mexico or is something else.
* On the preparation, there are several ways of preparing the dried fish and serving it in a broth, such as fish balls or the filets passed in a masa harina batter. I am hoping to chase down whether any restaurants are preparing it this year.
you can try to get in to Neptune's if you are in the North End. Island Creek Oyster Bar in Kenmore is another good choide as is Cognac Bistro in Brookline. Summer shack has some fine lobster dishes too.
Island Creek Oyster Bar
500 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
455 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02446