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Best Fresh Fish Source in RI?

schoenfelderp May 1, 2011 04:10 PM

Just looking for opinions on the freshest, highest quality fish in RI (aside from catching it oneself).

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    KROB May 6, 2011 03:40 PM

    I agree that McQuades has excellent salmon.
    I have no problem buying wild salmon or tuna from the big supermarkets. I think there is adequate turnover
    I will not buy farmed salmon.
    I always ask for the frozen tuna steaks- they are individually cry-o-vac'd and flash frozen.
    The counterperson said that they take the tuna steaks out of the cry-o-vac and after the tuna defrosts, they put them in the case.
    I buy them frozen and they go right into the freezer until I need them.
    In the small seafood markets, you may have refrigerated fish on ice for 3or 4 days.
    how good is that?

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      Alica May 7, 2011 05:28 AM

      Have you gone to Bomsters self serve seafood in Stonington? It is great! I also only buy wild salmon. I especially love the salmon at McQuards because I never find any bones in it!

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        Joltingjoey May 8, 2011 05:48 AM

        I've been enjoying McQuade's hot-smoked salmon for years. Unfortunately, the price has
        gotten pretty steep ($15 per lb), but they often run specials at $13).

        Trader Joe's frozen wild salmon is very good, and a few dollars cheaper than just about anywhere else.

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      rosieg May 6, 2011 08:05 AM

      Aquidneck Lobster Company, end of Bowen's Wharf in Newport. Wonderful fish and shellfish.

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        sarabean May 5, 2011 12:34 PM

        this might be hard for people to believe but after years of fruitless frustrating searches, i discovered that the seafood dept at my local dave's marketplace (cumberland) was by far the best i've found in northern ri. of course, you have to shop smart but i feel that's true of any place. the fish is always fresh and high quality and the prices are on point. give them a try, the EG store is amazing too.

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          Frank Terranova May 5, 2011 03:18 PM

          Went to Galilee just to goof around at the seafood places. One big time place had Cod which was slacked out.But I do have to agree as much as I keep away from supermarkets Seafood Sections, Daves has it great. Most are wild caught and worth the price. If I want fish I usually go catch it myself but in the winter forget it. I go to the Daves in EG even people from Narragansett I met in line come all the way up to EG for fish

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            Alica May 6, 2011 06:08 AM

            I agree also with Dave's. I get seafood often at the Wickford Dave's. I feel they have a better selection than Gardner's Wharf. Mcquade's in Westerly also has nice seafood.They have the nicest salmon I have found anywhere, even better than Whole Foods.

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            kmetzaholic May 5, 2011 08:25 AM

            R&D Seafood in North Woonsocket does a fine job. Recently re-opened after a fire last winter, they have a good selection and great customer service...


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              Alica May 3, 2011 05:58 AM

              Near Westerly, just over the border in Pawcatuck CT is Seawell. Most of their fish is caught right in Stonington, CT.

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                ezra9876 May 5, 2011 05:36 AM

                I would second the recommendation for Gardner's Wharf.

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                im hungry May 2, 2011 03:21 PM

                in Bristol theres a few great places,Nicks on wood st.,fish,lobster,etc.super fresh and really nice people.Andredes catch,also on wood street is the shellfish spot,clams,of all sizes,oysters,at least 2 locals,lobsters,etc..Quitos,has a small market in thier restaurant,and great food too,the fish and chip special is great to go.Blount in Warren is pretty great too,they own thier own boats,its fresh!!

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                  FjmArch May 2, 2011 04:57 AM

                  I have always found Gardner's Wharf to be an excellent seafood source. They have locations in Wickford and Warwick. http://www.gardnerswharfseafood.com/

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