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jake40ma Nov 27, 2011 09:08 AM

Looking for some tips on great raw bars for cherrystones, both price and quality. Looking for Boston north thank you

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    hhookk Nov 27, 2011 11:10 AM

    My favorite place for cherrystones is The Tides in Nahant. I believe a dozen is like $14 or so and they are always plump, juicy, fresh and ice cold. Now I want some. Thanks.

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    1. re: hhookk
      Taralli Nov 27, 2011 12:59 PM


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      LStaff Nov 27, 2011 01:06 PM

      Lately I have been liking cherrystones more than oysters.

      $8 /six and $14 /dozen at Legal Seafoods. Always fresh, ice cold, and well shucked. Pair up well with a Julius Echter hefeweizen too.

      $1.50 each at Summer Shack, shucking job not so great.

      1. CocoDan Nov 28, 2011 06:30 AM

        Not a board favorite, but I've always had excellent cherrystones at Turner Fisheries bar. Also, Abe & Louis' (an order of cherrystones and the crabcake appetizer is dinner) and Grill 23 & Bar.

        Turner Fisheries Bar
        10 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

        Grill 23 & Bar
        161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

        1. StriperGuy Nov 28, 2011 06:39 AM

          Okay, you trouble makers just gave me a terrible craving for cherrystones.

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          1. re: StriperGuy
            CocoDan Nov 28, 2011 07:58 AM

            I'm definately heading for some right after work and a quick workout.
            I Know I'll enjoy,

          2. Bob Dobalina Nov 28, 2011 07:52 AM

            Can't beat the Haymarket guy - 6 for $5 - no b.s.

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              marais Nov 29, 2011 04:48 PM

              Sorry to see you are looking for Boston north: if you're willing to go into town to the North End, go to Neptune Oyster for the best cherrystones I've found anywhere. They are always juicy and toothsome. This summer I got some as big as my fist, lately not so much but still outstanding.

              A plate of Neptune Oyster cherrystones with a glass of Muscadet: Nirvana.

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                StriperGuy Nov 29, 2011 05:22 PM

                Big cherrystones at that point really quahogs, are not actually better, and Neptune is a mixed bag at best.

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                  marais Nov 30, 2011 04:39 PM

                  I beg to differ: those big cherrystones at Neptune were anything but tough quahogs. They were plump, fresh, tender, juicy and flavorful. Having dealt with RI quahogs in my past, I know from quahogs and these were nothing like them.
                  To me Neptune is the best, most skillful raw bar in Boston. YMMV.

                  1. re: marais
                    StriperGuy Dec 1, 2011 05:47 AM

                    I don't fault their skills, or the general quality of their shellfish, just their abysmal attitude.

                    Just FYI, really big cherrystones ARE in fact Quahogs.


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                      CocoDan Dec 1, 2011 05:48 AM

                      I hope you have small fists. I prefer littlenecks, but small cherrystones also do it for me.
                      To Each His Own,

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                        StriperGuy Dec 1, 2011 06:13 AM

                        Yah, if they are as big as your fist, they are Quahogs, period.

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                          LStaff Dec 1, 2011 06:51 AM

                          But to say they aren't better is just opinion.

                          Count me in as one that prefers the bigger clams for eating raw. I don't think they are any chewier than a littleneck, but offer a lot more juiciness and flavor.

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                  carneyvore Dec 1, 2011 08:36 AM

                  I just had some good cherrystones ($1.50/each) @ Summer Shack in Dedham. I was sitting at the bar, bartender was friendly and made a solid martini, but place was fairly dead.

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