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Anyone know where to get salt cod in the Boston area?

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The title says it all. I recently had an *amazing* salt cod flatbread at Jody Adams' new restaurant TRADE in the Waterfront District, and I want to try replicating this recipe at home. So...do any Chowhounds out there know where I can get my hands on some salt cod in & around Boston?

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  1. It's everywhere. Shaw's, Market Basket, McKinnon's, Courthouse Fish Market, New Deal Fish Market, etc. It'll probably be about $10/lb or so. Steer clear of the bits and buy fillets, even if you're going to be breaking them down later.

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    1. re: emannths

      Thanks for the fast reply. What section would they have it at Shaw's? I was looking there the other day in the fish section and didn't see anything.

      1. re: mbCrispyBits

        It's in the refrigerated case with the smoked fish and sushi I think. I think they sell the Cristobal wooden boxes (http://www.cfeboston.com/cristobal2.asp ). Just make sure you're getting cod and not pollack.

    2. Whole Foods in JP has it as well.

      1. Check Market Basket in Chelsea or Latino/Italian/Portuguese markets. You want to go to a place that has a demanding clientele and good turnover.

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        1. re: Karl S

          Yes, exactly. I always had good luck at Market Basket in Somerville when I lived in the area. The Portuguese and Caribbean clientele ensures good turnover.

        2. I like the salt cod in Seabra Foods, a small market in Somerville, on Somerville Ave.

          1. it is near the fish department in every supermarket in the boston area.

            the stop and shop near russos has three or four DIFFERENT kinds just to the right of the fish counter.

            market basket probably moves more but the fact that this place stocks multiple kinds makes me think they must move a decent amount or they would not stock so much.

            1. I would also guess the ethnic markets. Bacalhau (Portuguese), bacalao (Spanish), baccala (Italian) are all the same thing.

              1. Costco in Everett had a lot of it in the fish case earlier this week.

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                1. re: EllenMM

                  I saw them at Costco too. I think $5.99 lb. Label said Pacific salt cod. Anybody know about the quality considering the decent price?

                2. every grocery store has it year round....

                  1. I am not a big fan of the small wooden box salt cod, but there are a lot of good options and many bad. In my opinion Johnnie's and Stop and Shops that ply to an Italian population (Medford, Stoneham) are a better source for larger pieces than Market Basket and not a fan of Shaws (the Twin Cities plaza store, though might be ok in this regard). But I usually buy from Courthouse, Fernandes Fish Market and McKinnon's. Occasionally the pollock from Market Basket or Johnnie's. In the past I regularlyh bought quality Salt Cod from Sessas and J Pace. Seabra is good for overall selection. If you don't mind following a link, there are some notes below and in other past threads.

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