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Seafood Companies in Seaport District that sell shellfish direct (retail)?

Ralphie_in_Boston Dec 29, 2011 10:57 AM

I've heard second-hand of folks getting some great deals by going to some of the Seafood companies in this area. For example, getting a 5 or 10 lb bag of clams / mussels / shrimp. So far I"ve only tried Nagle and they happened to not have what I needed that day.

If anyone who's had experience buying shellfish this way, please share, i'd appreciate it!

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    9lives RE: Ralphie_in_Boston Dec 29, 2011 11:07 AM

    Cape Cod Shellfish will sell direct. I think the min is 100 piece bags, oysters or clams..cash only. The places generally close before noon.

    Call first as I haven't bought lately so not sure if they still do it.


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    1. re: 9lives
      Ralphie_in_Boston RE: 9lives Dec 31, 2011 11:34 AM

      Thanks 9Lives, I think I'll need less than the minimum this time around but that's good to know. Google maps said they were on the same pier as the World Trade Center. Are they actually on Fish Pier?

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        9lives RE: Ralphie_in_Boston Dec 31, 2011 12:03 PM

        They're on the Fish Pier..one of the last places on your right..driving in. I've bought oysters ( price by location) and cherrystones. Their min is not exactly user friendly; but occassionally it works for me..usually, I piggyback on a catering order by a friend.

        I'm having oysters on the 1/2 shell tonight and I didn't go to Cape Cod Shellfish;no need to meet their minimum. but I bought out Happy Family in Chinatown this AM.

        When CCS says wholesale, they mean it.

        Happy New Years!

        1. re: 9lives
          lc02139 RE: 9lives Dec 31, 2011 01:53 PM

          They moved from the "fish Pier" where the no name restaurant is to 8 Seafood Way, Docks 5-12,Boston, MA 02210 which is further down nothern ave near the water past harpoon brewery close to the legal's processing plant. They won't break down sizes they normally sell to customers. Cash is king, but they are nice people. I was able to get mussels at Nagels once.


          1. re: lc02139
            9lives RE: lc02139 Dec 31, 2011 04:14 PM


            The Fish Pier is in the same place it's been for 50+ years. The No Name is squarely in the middle of it.

            John Nagle is a few blocks S. They specialize in sword and tuna and with some cash and Espagnol, they'll sell you a few pounds.

            BTW, we have an in house expert. Typhoon. How copy?

            1. re: 9lives
              9lives RE: 9lives Jan 1, 2012 06:51 AM

              Fraid I'm the 1 who's wrong..and lc02139 is right. Cape Cod Shellfish did move off the Fish Pier.

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                CapeCodGuy RE: 9lives Jan 1, 2012 07:33 AM

                I drove down the pier on friday and CC Shellfish signs were still there, so I'm not so sure you are wrong.

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                  libertywharf RE: CapeCodGuy Jan 1, 2012 10:07 AM

                  If you google it, everything comes up Seafood way. The woman who owns drydock cafe, mentioned they were very close to her.

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                    9lives RE: libertywharf Jan 1, 2012 10:36 AM

                    LC and google say 1 thing and CCG saw it at on the Fish Pier...as did me though it was a few months ago... Maybe 2 locations?

                    I imagine that whoever is shipping to them or buying from them knows where they are; but I enjoy a good riddle and want to know for the next time I need 100 oysters.

                    Should be easy enough to solve this riddle with a phone call during biz hours;

                    Love Drydock!

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                      libertywharf RE: 9lives Jan 1, 2012 11:56 AM

                      Possibly two locations but most likely they havent taken the sign down at the old one. I am down there a lot and will check out the fish pier.

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                        libertywharf RE: libertywharf Jan 3, 2012 11:28 AM

                        I just walked over to the fish pier. The sign is still up but they have signs on the doors which say something else. There was a woman in the office, but the sign said employees only. Guess it would be best to call, but it does not look like they are dealing with the public at the fish pier.

                      2. re: 9lives
                        C. Hamster RE: 9lives Jan 3, 2012 12:11 PM

                        Does anyone else get the runs after they eat Drydock's chowder? A bunch of my co-workers and I do almost every time, but we take the hit anyway since its so yummy!

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                          libertywharf RE: C. Hamster Jan 4, 2012 04:30 AM

                          Maybe your system is not used to home made chowder. Time to move on from the packaged chowder at legals which is made a week in advance, and the watered down chowder found at the place on Salem street.

                          1. re: libertywharf
                            C. Hamster RE: libertywharf Jan 4, 2012 06:25 AM

                            It's not just me. It's all five of us. Every time. We've narrowed it down to the chowder. Which is worth the hit.

                            No need for nasty replies. :-). I'm sure you know that I make my own chowder all the time. Onion soup, too. Doesn't mean I don't crave it at restaurants.

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                              libertywharf RE: C. Hamster Jan 4, 2012 02:16 PM

                              Every time? Not sure why anyone would go back a second time, never mind multiple times, if something like that happened

                2. re: 9lives
                  typhoonfish RE: 9lives Jan 4, 2012 04:24 AM

                  This is typhoon, over. :)

                  I would recommend calling first and asking about cash sales. If you were to show up at my door, we would turn you away.

                  Places that will sell you direct Fish Pier (where the no-name is)
                  Cash only.

                  Sunnys - where I get my shrimp and lobsters
                  John Mantia & Sons - hard to find groupers, snappers.
                  Stavis Seafood (opposite side of the street at the rotary) pretty much anything you can think of. They do it all. Crab meat, scallops, tuna, sword. They have a cash desk.
                  Red's Best - He's doing a CSA type deal now on his website. Jared's a great guy. Lots of local fish, black sea bass, striped bass, bay scallops. I buy my fresh tuna bait here.

                  Seafood Way (the other side of Harpoon)
                  Globe Fish
                  Pangea (Call first) exceptional shellfish
                  Cape Cod Shell
                  John Nagle - this is kind of advanced. If you don't know what you're looking for this can be intimidating. You need to be "all-pro" to buy here .

                  New Boston - Widett Circle near Andrew Square
                  Great Eastern (pretty sure)
                  Channel Fish
                  Pier 7
                  FB Packing - meats. Whole pigs, etc.
                  Upper Crust dough factory - still working on this one, I'll report back soon.

                  Newmarket sq Roxbury - plus you can get a Speed's hotdog for your trouble.
                  Connolly Seafood
                  Pier Fish - just opened a meat and seafood retail (that takes EBT as their sign says :)
                  Federal Shell - real hard to find sushi items, a treasure chest.
                  Slade Gorton - also a great place for shrimp and King Crab.

                  and I repeat for the 90th time, never buy the fish at haymarket.

                  1. re: typhoonfish
                    CapeCodGuy RE: typhoonfish Jan 4, 2012 06:46 AM

                    What kind of quantities are we talking of here? For instance, if I want king crab, do I have to buy an entire case?

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                      typhoonfish RE: CapeCodGuy Jan 4, 2012 06:54 AM

                      Typically yes.

                      Our office usually splits a box of king crab for christmas and this year we passed. $500 a box wholesale for the big 7-11s... forget that. We got Captain Marden's baked stuffed lobsters instead.

                      Usually oysters and clams the smallest amount you can buy is 50 cts.

                      Cod, haddock, sole etc 10 lbers.

                      I have access to all of this and I still buy from a fish market customer of mine. I have no interest in a 10 lb loin of swordfish. Sometimes, I'll get a call saying we have a beautiful top of the trip pumpkin swordfish that just came in. I'll call 10 friends and split it up that way, but more often than not it turns into a PITA. I'd rather buy what I need and pay more from a fish market.

                      My advice is to plan ahead. Figure out a few people to split a box of haddock fillets with. Go in pick it out and divy it up.

                      If anyone is in the meat business... please do what I did above. I'd kill to know where I can buy wholesale meats for cash.

                      1. re: typhoonfish
                        CapeCodGuy RE: typhoonfish Jan 4, 2012 08:33 AM

                        Really? Frozen baked stuffed bugs? Any good? I've had their frozen lobster meat stuffed pie and it was positively dreadful.

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                          typhoonfish RE: CapeCodGuy Jan 4, 2012 08:38 AM

                          No fresh cooked. They were fantastic.

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                            CapeCodGuy RE: typhoonfish Jan 4, 2012 11:54 AM

                            How many did you have to buy, how big, and how much? Do you reheat them or pick them up hot?

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                      Ralphie_in_Boston RE: typhoonfish Jan 4, 2012 07:43 AM

                      Thanks very much! I didn't find Nagle to be intimidating , just...confusing. And I cant' believe I didn';t think of Stavis, I pass by there all the time.
                      Thanks again for all the suggestions, this is great.

                      1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston
                        typhoonfish RE: Ralphie_in_Boston Jan 4, 2012 08:05 AM

                        I'm intimidated by Nagle. It's chaos.

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                        Chocomom RE: typhoonfish Jan 4, 2012 11:46 AM

                        Wow, thanks typhoonfish, great info, def. keeping this handy for the summertime parties.

                        1. re: typhoonfish
                          9lives RE: typhoonfish Jan 4, 2012 12:30 PM

                          Roger that..:)

                          I called Cape Cod Shellfish today and they have moved the majority of their ops to Fishpier Way..off the Pier...still cash..call first is recommended.

                          I do most of my biz/ retail at Sunny's because I've become friendly with the family that owns it......and the marina we're at and Ms9 ran does most of their catering from there( Ms 9 made sure they got paid in a timely fashion); also own Concord Fish and Prime. Mike may or may not be on this list but he has the stomach of a true chowhound and we loved to talk MX and food when he was on the Pier.

                          I got great service at Nagle; not from the owners but the Spanish speakers that were unloading fish. I've been turned away at other occassions and turned away from the Japanese wholesalers in the same building.

                          I try to do my shopping between 9-10AM. They've taken care of their wholesale orders and usually haven't started cleaning up yet...by 11, the good stuff gets thinned out usually the selection isn't as great.

                          Ralph, with Typhoons list and knocking on a few doors, you'll be well rewarded.


                          1. re: 9lives
                            typhoonfish RE: 9lives Jan 5, 2012 04:42 AM

                            9lvies, love the bluefin toro picture. My wife got her first tuna this summer (60") and we ate toro until we couldn't see straight.


                            I also do most of my business with Mike and Steve. I can get some of the same products in my own warehouse and it's easier and less red tape for me to get it with them. Mike hooked me up with a ridiculous leg of lamb last year for Easter.

                            The key with my list is to develop relationships with people. Don't be a needy PITA. If you're going to show up and grab something, make sure you show up on time, when you say you'll be there with the right amount of money. If you make it an easy transaction, the vendors will welcome your business. After a while, many will even put you on credit. So you don't even need to bring money, you just show up and take your product and send the check in the mail.

                            As I sit here typing this I'm settling up with one of my personal "vendors". I called asked what I had for open invoices and I'll make sure his driver gets a check today. I'm working on setting up a relationship with one of the meat vendors in the same way.

                            It's how businesses used to operate. A handshake and trust. The fish business is good like that.

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                              9lives RE: typhoonfish Jan 5, 2012 10:00 AM

                              Nice fish...I had the last of my tuna last night.

                              You're absolutely right. Develop a relationship and be a "good" customer. Be a PITA andthey don't need your biz.

                          2. re: typhoonfish
                            Spike RE: typhoonfish Jan 5, 2012 07:09 AM

                            Wow...awesome list, Typhoon.
                            If any of you folks try the places, could you list any minimum requirements they have? e.g., a 10lb slab of fish doesn't necessarily work that well if all you want is 2lbs for a few people :-P

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