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Where can I find chowder quahogs in the Boston area?

Lady_Tenar Jun 24, 2012 05:00 PM

I know, it seems like a ridiculous question in New England but I honestly haven't been able to find them! Little necks are trendy and everywhere but I'm looking for the big, meaty cherrystone or "chowder" quahogs. In the past, I've made chowder with the small "mahogany" quahogs which are always available at Whole Foods and have a great flavor but I'd love to find a source of the big ones. I've checked Mercato del Mare in the North End a few times but they haven't had them. I know you can order just about anything through them, but a place that carries them regularly would be awfully convenient. Also, T-accessibility is kind of a must because I don't have a car. Any suggestions?

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  1. CapeCodGuy RE: Lady_Tenar Jun 24, 2012 07:03 PM

    James Hook and Sons?

    1. BostonZest RE: Lady_Tenar Jun 24, 2012 07:58 PM

      I find then at New Deal in Cambridge.

      I also buy the frozen "Sam's Clams" from Rhode Island when I see them. Those are fine for chowders. But I like to have the fresh quahogs for making stuffies or little necks for Clams Al Forno.


      1. galangatron RE: Lady_Tenar Jun 24, 2012 08:59 PM

        angkor thom market on shirley ave in revere

        1. opinionatedchef RE: Lady_Tenar Jun 24, 2012 10:37 PM

          courthouse seafood, camb. Also maybe Wolff's,brookline and Fresh Pond Seafood, Arlington?

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            devilham RE: Lady_Tenar Jun 25, 2012 03:48 AM

            Whole foods in dedham had them at .99 cents a lb

            1. MC Slim JB RE: Lady_Tenar Jun 25, 2012 07:57 AM

              I think many local restaurant chowder makers use surf clams, a/k/a sea clams, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic... rather than quahogs. Usually cheaper, too, but I'm not sure I've seen them in retail markets.


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                lc02139 RE: Lady_Tenar Jun 25, 2012 08:25 AM

                I have bought quahogs at johnnies, and market basket prices when on sale about $1/lb, I have seen the surf clams in chinatown.

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                  Splendid Spatula RE: Lady_Tenar Jun 25, 2012 09:18 AM

                  WF at Alewife had them this weekend.

                  1. StriperGuy RE: Lady_Tenar Jun 25, 2012 10:23 AM

                    "Where can I find chowder quahogs?"

                    In the ocean ;-)

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                      ipsofatso RE: StriperGuy Jun 25, 2012 10:40 AM

                      Surf clams are the larger 4" + clams and make great chowder. Many Asian markets have them.

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