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Where can I find chowder quahogs in the Boston area?

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. 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. angkor thom market on shirley ave in revere

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

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

            1. 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.


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

                1. WF at Alewife had them this weekend.

                  1. "Where can I find chowder quahogs?"

                    In the ocean ;-)

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                    1. re: StriperGuy

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