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Fresh Fish on the South Shore

dbylaska Jan 15, 2013 02:35 PM

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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    libertywharf Jan 17, 2013 12:16 PM

    When did Summer Shack close? I was there Saturday and although I never made it to that end, their sign was still up.

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    1. re: libertywharf
      T.Clark Jan 17, 2013 01:16 PM

      January 1st, Legal Seafood opening in it's place.

    2. C. Hamster Jan 16, 2013 05:13 PM

      I've known of Burkes forever but only went starting last summer and they are terrific .

      As is Milton Mkt.

      I'm at Kam Man all the time but never tried their fish. Now I will.

      1. Bugsey34 Jan 16, 2013 02:14 PM

        The Lobster Pound in Manomet, MA. At the end of Point Road. Beautiful view from the point an added bonus.

        1. mfhazz Jan 16, 2013 10:40 AM

          Brant Rock Fish Market in Marshfield
          267 Ocean St.,Marshfield, MA 02020
          Closed Mondays

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            foodieX2 Jan 16, 2013 10:08 AM

            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.

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              mwk Jan 16, 2013 09:52 AM

              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.

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                Pegmeister Jan 15, 2013 03:42 PM

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

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                  CocoDan Jan 16, 2013 07:17 AM

                  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.

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                    typhoonfish Jan 16, 2013 08:25 AM

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

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                      Pegmeister Jan 16, 2013 10:26 AM

                      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?

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                        catsmeow Jan 16, 2013 12:19 PM


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                  9lives Jan 15, 2013 03:21 PM

                  Mullaney's Fish Market in Scituate is excellent.

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                    catsmeow Jan 15, 2013 03:10 PM

                    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
                      dbylaska Jan 15, 2013 03:13 PM

                      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.

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                        typhoonfish Jan 16, 2013 08:24 AM

                        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.

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                          dbylaska Jan 16, 2013 03:08 PM

                          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.

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                            catsmeow Jan 16, 2013 03:27 PM

                            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.

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                              typhoonfish Jan 17, 2013 09:41 AM

                              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).

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