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hardwaretrader Dec 11, 2011 09:49 AM

any recommendations for nice fresh fish markets?

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    emannths Dec 11, 2011 10:16 AM

    Anything in particular you're looking for, either fish-wise or location-wise? New Deal and Courthouse fish markets both get top marks here.

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

    Courthouse Fish Market
    484 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

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    1. re: emannths
      teezeetoo Dec 11, 2011 10:39 AM

      +1 for New Deal - very good "seconds" are courthouse and Captain Marden's in Wellesley - acceptable is Wulf's in Brookline. Also acceptable if you are a confident "chooser" and want to shop economically are Ming's Chinese Market downtown and Super 88 in Brighton.

      1. re: emannths
        DeniseB Dec 11, 2011 11:11 AM

        +1 for Courthouse. The three brothers who run this place go every morning to the South Boston fish piers to buy their fish. The restaurant next door run by their sister Diane has amazing lobster rolls and fried clams.

        1. re: DeniseB
          Moopheus Dec 12, 2011 11:21 AM

          I wish they kept the restaurant open later in the evening. It's two blocks away but closes before my wife gets home. I think New Deal tops them a bit in quality, but also price. With two good fish shops right nearby, I haven't really looked elsewhere too much.

      2. steinpilz Dec 12, 2011 05:43 AM

        There's also Fresh Pond Seafood

        and the Fishmonger in Huron Village

        and Wulf's in Coolidge Corner

        and some Legal Seafood's locations also have retail fish markets, Chestnut Hill for one.

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        1. re: steinpilz
          StriperGuy Dec 12, 2011 09:10 AM

          I would put the Huron Village store into the second tier below New Deal, Court House, and Fresh Pond, Wulf's also just a smidge down, but above Huron Fishmonger.

          Huron Village Fishmonger also has ludicrously high prices.

          1. re: StriperGuy
            Jenny Ondioline Dec 12, 2011 09:48 AM

            In my opinion, Wulf has been coasting on its reputation for years. Even though it's no more than a 10-minute walk from my house, I've stopped shopping there. Too many times, I've seen cloudy eyes and smelled ammonia.

            1. re: Jenny Ondioline
              StriperGuy Dec 12, 2011 10:11 AM

              Yah, I was being gentle cause I did not have enough data points, but I don't really shop there even if I am in the hood.

              1. re: Jenny Ondioline
                BobB Dec 12, 2011 01:07 PM

                Ditto. I live even closer but we get our fish from Cyndi the Fish Lady, Tuesday afternoons at the When Pigs Fly bakery in Coolidge Corner. Much fresher than Wulf's!

              2. re: StriperGuy
                steinpilz Dec 12, 2011 12:29 PM

                I was just adding other options, I agree that Courthouse, New Deal, and Fresh Pond, are very good.

                1. re: steinpilz
                  BeachBum143 Feb 15, 2012 11:14 AM

                  Fresh Pond has moved to Arlington. Was there earlier today to buy salmon. Small, clean, fresh, very nice.

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              collie Dec 12, 2011 09:03 AM

              In Gloucester there is Intershell and Connolly's both very fresh. In Danvers Cherry Street fish market always busy and fresh average prices.

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              1. re: collie
                bgavin Dec 12, 2011 11:25 AM

                +1 for Connolly's.
                Because they are so good, I haven't gotten around to trying Intershell.

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                mikeinboston Dec 12, 2011 03:53 PM

                Can anyone provide a review of Morse on Washington Street in the South End?

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                1. re: mikeinboston
                  emannths Dec 12, 2011 03:57 PM

                  This popped up in a search: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7500...

                  Looks like people like the fried seafood there, but find the market part to be forgettable (mostly fillets, unremarkable quality).

                  1. re: emannths
                    mikeinboston Dec 13, 2011 03:25 PM

                    thanks emannths - should have searched before asking. :)

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