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Jun 17, 2011 05:56 AM

Looking for a good seafood market in Manchester, NH- tuna/ or swordfish preferably

I had read on an old post about "The Clam Guy" who sold good stuff out of a truck at the traffic circle. Wasn't sure if this was still viable. I'm looking for some good tuna steaks to grill for father's day. I don't want to spend an arm and a leg, but any tips would be appreciated. I'm willing to travel. Actual plans are happening up north, so anywhere will work to pick up food! Thanks!

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  1. Sorry you didn't get any help in time for father's day. I've been having good luck with fresh swordfish from Market Basket. You can save more money by buying their swordfish "kabobs" which are the smaller pieces left from cutting up the swordfish. Generally, 2 pieces weigh about a pound total. They aren't always available and sometimes the pieces don't look very good.

    I would love to hear comments about the quality of Market Basket swordfish and fish from a fish market. I usually shop the Market Basket in Concord NH.

    Market Basket
    RR 1, Rockland, ME 04841

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    1. re: dfrostnh

      It's so funny to be reading this post today; last night we had some of the best swordfish I've had in a long time. We bought it at the Milford MB for $12/lb., fresh wild caught.

      1. re: solargarlic

        I have had good luck at the Milford MB for the most part, although the sword tends to be cut rather poorly; usually a bit too thin and uneven so that grilling requires a bit more attention. I've seen it as low as $9.99 non frozen there which is a steal in this day and age.

        1. re: Msample

          That was part of what made this so good, it was a nice, thick also helps that my husband really knows how to buy fish and picked the best piece out of the case :).

      2. re: dfrostnh

        Thanks! I checked the MB in Concord, actually, but wasn't in love with anything. Ended up getting steak tips for 3.99/ lb at Hannaford and marinated them adobo style for a bit. AMAZING! Did some garlic shrimp and maple/mustard scallops wrapped in bacon to satisfy our seafood cravings. It all came out great!

        1. re: whs

          Meh, if I worried about every bug that may or may not have touched my food/ mouth at any given time, I'd never eat.

        2. There's a fish market on Second St., Manchester, that is getting good reviews. The fish monger at the Massabesic traffic circle on the Manchester/Auburn line is also very good. He parks at Sandy's and has an excellent rating from the Board of Health. I have not stopped there lately, though.

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          1. re: edinaeats

            I too love the fish markey on second stree, thinks it's call Free Range Seafood and Lobster.

            1. re: lexpatti

              Close, it's called Free Range Fish and Lobster. They're an outfit from Portland. I've had some fish that was great there and some that was not so great. I'll still go back. They supposedly ship their stuff each day from Maine.

              1. re: ecwashere7

                Stopped by Free Range this afternoon and they are closed, likely for good. There was a sign in the window to the effect that "the store had been closed by ownership but the employees are trying to buy it and reopen" . Looks to have been relatively recent - the perishables were gone but there were still dry goods on the shelves. Sad that one of the few dedicated fish markets in the Merrimack Valley is gone.

                1. re: Msample

                  Too bad and surprising--they always seemed busy.

                  1. re: Msample

                    It always found it disappointing that I could never get bluefish there (they made a face when I asked them about it). I requested shad and shad roe every Spring but they never had that either. There was also fish in the display case for sale that was obviously being sold after its 'sell by' date.

                    Having said all that, it was the best fish store in the area, but it could have really been better.

                    1. re: Miltz

                      Hell it was the only fish store in the area really. My last time in there they tried telling me that the only catfish they could get was farmed overseas, and it wasn't possible to get domestic - "they hadn't seen it in years". That BS aside, I was happy with what they had to offer.

                    2. re: Msample

                      that's too bad, I enjoyed them as well.

                      1. re: lexpatti

                        Never liked them so I'm not sad to see them go. Someone mentioned the guy at the traffic circle near Massabesic, he's still there on Fridays and part of the day on Saturday.

                        1. re: jread23

                          I need to find that guy with the fish truck again, I bought the BEST clams from him last year. So fresh they smelled like the ocean and not "fishy" at all. I stopped going to the fish market on second street after I bought shrimp, unwrapped them at home less then 20 minutes later and got smacked in the face with the smell of ammonia.