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Jan 15, 2013 02:35 PM

Fresh Fish on the South Shore

With Jake's closed for the season and Summer Shack at Derby gone, where does one find very fresh and varied seafood to purchase on the South Shore? They are (were) my go to places and I fear now I will need to wait until Jake's reopens on April1 to cook fish at home.

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  1. What about the Hingham Marketplace in Hingham Harbor? I've never bought seafood there but have bought it at their sister, the Milton Marketplace in East Milton Sq. It's been pretty fresh.

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    1. re: catsmeow

      Most times it is fresh, but lacks variety. They also try to pass off flounder as Grey Sole and some variety of Salmon as Arctic Char. A loss of credibility in my book.

      1. re: dbylaska

        I sell Rocky Neck both his grey sole and arctic charr. I can assure you they are both as they say they are.

        Thanks. Andrew

        I just forwarded this link to Steve at Rocky Neck for him to see.

        1. re: typhoonfish

          I tried to post this as soon as I read your response. Apparently it did not go through.

          I am very sorry about my choice of words. What I meant to say was on more than one occasion when I have asked for Sole I have been told "flounder is the same thing" and when I asked for Char I have been told "Wild Salmon tastes just like it."

          I do regret the misunderstanding.

          1. re: dbylaska

            Dbylaska, I'm glad you reposted. Your prior post had me rethinking going there for fish. It was pretty misleading and hopefully people that read your first post will see your 2nd one. As a business owner myself, it takes years to build up a good reputation and client base and a much shorter time for it to be scarred.

            1. re: dbylaska

              I'll be the first to admit that wild salmon and charr taste nothing alike. I like both for different reasons.

              It comes down to employee training. When people don't know the correct answer they make stuff up. It drives me crazy. If you don't know, say "I don't know let me ask".

              I love being told by waitstaff that charr is out of season. They're shocked when I say there is no season, it's farmed. Or the time the well known sushi house in boston served us farmed salmon as charr on their menu. The chef told us we didn't know what we were talking about when we sent it back. Ah actually we do know what we're talking about.

              Steve was telling me how he had to go out of his way last week to change the bay scallop sign from Nantucket to Martha's Vineyard and it was a PITA but didn't want to sell something mislabeled. (that's a huge one that goes on in Boston).

      2. Mullaney's Fish Market in Scituate is excellent.

        1. My go to is always Burkes in Quincy. They are, however, closed for vacation in January

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          1. re: Pegmeister

            Burkes is the place. Worth waiting until Feb. Until then there is a small fish counter at Previte's in Weymouth on route 53 almost to the Hingham line that has a pretty good selection.

            1. re: CocoDan

              Burkes is fantastic. The other..*shudders*.

              1. re: typhoonfish

                I really like Burkes and miss them when they close for vacation. My backup is the fish counter at Milton Market. Is that Rocky Neck?

          2. I should post the video I took at Kam Man's fish counter last week. I went to buy some fish and the fishmonger grabbed a huge fish out of the tank, chopped the head off...moved out of the way from the spurts of blood which shot out...then gutted the rest and put the head and the body proudly on display on ice.

            The gills on the head were still moving and the body was still thrashing around. Can't get any fresher than THAT...

            They also had really delicious whole uncleaned squid tubes and a lovely whole Red Snapper. I get most of my fish there now.

            Of course, there's also Whole Foods in Hingham, and the Roche Brothers in Quincy has a really nice fish department.

            1. Personally I find Jakes way overpriced. Is Lobster Express open in the winter? I love them, find them very helpful and reasonable. Unfortunately I rarely get over to Hull.

              Because if where I work/travel I usually go to the Fruit Center in Hingham and the Kam Am market Quincy for fish.

              For lobster and bay scallops (in season) the Lobster Pot in Norwell.

              I have never been but my Duxbury friends swear by Hanover Lobster and Seafood.