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Shad & Shad Roe

deweyweber54 May 21, 2011 03:50 PM

All -
We usually make a trip to Hale's shad in Rocky Hill Ct. about this time of year to pick up 6 or 8 pair of shad roe and maybe a fillet or two, but with gas at around 4 clams a gallon, were wondering if there are any fish mongers in the western Boston 'burbs or elsewhere who carry shad & roe at reasonable prices.

Anyone seen any Connecticut, or other roe and fillets around?
Willing to travel, but not too pumped about paying too much for said delicacy. We usually have a fresh pair (sorry) for dinner in the day or two after our trip, and freeze the rest. Frozen, they seem to last for several months, and are still excellent.

Last time I was at Hale's, I think a pair was going for around $8, and Bill always seems to have some nice fish that he catches netting the Ct. river.



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    grant.cook Mar 9, 2012 07:04 AM

    Saw shad roe in the Fresh Pond WF this morning..

    1. yumyum Mar 7, 2012 08:50 AM

      New Deal has it. Call for availability.

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      1. re: yumyum
        mvi Mar 7, 2012 01:38 PM

        Yes, New Deal has had it recently.

        1. re: mvi
          deweyweber54 Mar 7, 2012 05:56 PM

          Thanks All for reviving an older request!
          Pairs of Shad roe at Quarterdeck or New Deal; seem fresh?
          Wonder where the roe comes from this time of year...


          1. re: deweyweber54
            johndory Mar 7, 2012 06:29 PM

            New Deal had shad roe last Saturday. My working assumption is that everything at New Deal is fresh. I also saw it at Whole Foods in Newton last weekend.

            1. re: deweyweber54
              mvi Mar 8, 2012 06:02 PM

              New Deal had it today. They are one of the best fish stores in the area. If they have it, it is as fresh as can be.

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          CoachJ Mar 7, 2012 08:09 AM

          Currently (yesterday) at The Quarterdeck in Maynard, $12.99 a pair.

          1. hotoynoodle May 23, 2011 09:20 AM

            had them a few weeks ago at island creek, since i'm not inclined to cook my own. very tasty.

            1. litchick May 22, 2011 11:21 AM

              Yesterday The Fishmonger in Huron Village had beautiful shad roe. I don't recall the price.

              1. StriperGuy May 22, 2011 09:02 AM

                Wulf's in Brookline usually has them. Heck, head down to Marshfield and catch your own. ;-)

                1. MrsCheese May 21, 2011 07:53 PM

                  I know they've had them at the Quarterdeck in Maynard. You'd want to call though; I haven't noticed them on the Fish Flash email in a few weeks.

                  1. opinionatedchef May 21, 2011 04:54 PM

                    perhaps you alrdy know these vendors, but i'm thinking they may be the most likely (though i do not know if they do or ever do have shad roe). Hopefully other CHs will chirp in.:

                    - courthouse seafood

                    -new deal fish market

                    -capt. marden's (wellesley)

                    - alive and kicking lobsters

                    Another thought is that maybe Hungry Mother, a Southern food restnt in Kendall Sq., puts it on their menu(shad roe is a big deal in VA at least) . You could call and ask them who is their shad roe vendor, or you could ask if you could buy some through them (once a yr. shouldn't be a big deal; maybe they'd be happy to help; you never know.)

                    Last thought,
                    i don't know if japanese have shad in japan, but if so, there is a new much lauded japanese fish market in allston. best of luck.

                    New Deal Fish Market
                    622 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

                    Courthouse Fish Market
                    484 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

                    Captain Marden
                    279 Linden St, Wellesley, MA 02482

                    Alive And Kicking Lobsters
                    269 Putnam Avenue, Cambridge, MA

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                    1. re: opinionatedchef
                      hckybg May 22, 2011 03:57 PM

                      Savenor's also usually has them in the spring, but they would be pricey there. I haven't been lately so don't know if they are currently in stock.

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