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Peconic Bay Scallops 2013

MacTAC Nov 4, 2013 07:43 PM

Today was opening day. I saw Peconic Bay Scallop sign at Braun's but it was evening rush hour and I didn't want to negotiate two u-turns with the truck. Tomorrow is another day!


  1. coll Nov 5, 2013 05:45 AM

    My local auto repair shop sells them too (he is also in the restaurant business). Wondering what his price will be, but I bet cheaper than Brauns ;-) I'll let you know....Picking up a lb or two before heading upstate to Mom's for her birthday next week. Long Island caviar!

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    1. re: coll
      emarcus Nov 5, 2013 08:42 AM

      Your local auto repair shop sells scallops? Details please! (Then I'll tell you about my local fish store that does oil changes...)

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        coll Nov 5, 2013 10:12 AM

        Ha, I noticed his sign for scallops last month while I was getting some work done, so he told me when the season opened. After I check it out end of the week, I'll give you the details! Riverhead is nothing if not quirky.

        1. re: coll
          Motosport Nov 5, 2013 12:51 PM

          Buoy 1 in Riverhead is in an old auto dealership building.

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            coll Nov 5, 2013 01:49 PM

            Good to know, I only know that Billy on Mill Rd owned it around the time we moved out here. Even though he's a farm stand, he's given me some really good advice on cooking fish. There are a lot of common threads running through it out here!

            1. re: coll
              Motosport Nov 6, 2013 07:36 AM

              Bill and Charlie, pillars of the community.

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                coll Nov 6, 2013 04:48 PM

                They are the best! And they still got tomatoes....

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      MacTAC Nov 6, 2013 08:47 AM

      We had them deep fried last night, with Smashed Yukon Golds and Parslied Carrots. Later we finished off the 1.5 lbs. on grilled top split buns with tartar sauce. Very nice, though maybe a tad gluttonous.

      I had also picked up 2 lbs. for my boss. $18 @Brauns.

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      1. re: MacTAC
        coll Nov 6, 2013 09:30 AM

        Aiyee, leave some for the rest of us ;-)

      2. coll Nov 9, 2013 02:29 AM

        So my auto guy ran out and said he wasn't going out for more until this weekend. I decided I'd take a ride out to Brauns instead, since I needed them by today. (Oh and emarcus, I don't want to mention his name here without his permission after what happened to Francesco's in Lindenhurst, even though I'm sure he's totally legit. I will ask him if it's OK in the next few days and email you.)

        I stopped to get some money at my bank and as I pulled out of the parking lot, across the street I spotted the guy on the side of the road that sells fish (by Walmart in Riverhead) so I figured I'd save myself an hour round trip. I believe he's connected with the fish stand over by the big duck, which has the freshest fish anywhere. His were $20/lb, nice big ones as I've been hearing they all are this year. They were delectable! And as I was buying them, his son called from out on the water to give a report on his harvest: Talk about fresh!

        I checked the weight when I got home since they were pre-bagged, and it was a little over, and the scallops couldn't have been tastier or more tender. Sautéed for a minute or so in Belgium butter (available at Best Yet) with just the lightest of herbs and spices. Can't wait to finish them off today. They are good enough to eat raw!!

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        1. re: coll
          Motosport Nov 9, 2013 08:32 AM

          That's Phil!! My go to phresh phish guy!!! Whenever he has crabs I buy a dozen and steam them in O'Bay!!

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            Motosport Nov 9, 2013 08:33 AM

            BTW: I think your secret "auto" guy had his picture in the local paper.

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              coll Nov 10, 2013 07:10 PM

              Yes you are correct, but I still won't spill the beans (without his permission!)

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              mcf Nov 14, 2013 07:27 AM

              $9 less per lb than I saw them for in the store here in Hungtington. Gotta get me some somewhere.

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                Motosport Nov 14, 2013 07:33 AM

                $22.50 @ Cor J!!! Hopefully Phil will have more this weekend.

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                  coll Nov 14, 2013 09:23 AM

                  Hopefully they don't run out before the season ends!

            3. EricMM Nov 13, 2013 02:35 PM

              Picked up some from Braun's on Monday. They were huge and tasted like they had just come out of the water. I ate several raw, then simply broiled the rest. Came out plump and sweet...hardly any water came out.

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                rjbh20 Nov 14, 2013 09:57 AM

                This may merit a quick blast out to the East End this weekend.

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                  Motosport Nov 14, 2013 11:04 AM

                  Phil, the Bayman, usually sets up on Saturday and Sunday across from Walmart on Rt 58. Fresh and a little less expensive than the sea food markets.

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                    coll Nov 14, 2013 11:22 AM

                    I got mine on a Friday, in case it makes a difference to anyone.

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                      Motosport Nov 14, 2013 11:29 AM

                      I'll have to stop by tomorrow.

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                        coll Nov 14, 2013 12:01 PM

                        Maybe I'll see you there!

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                          Motosport Nov 14, 2013 12:43 PM

                          I'll be the one in the grey Prius.

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                            coll Nov 14, 2013 12:57 PM

                            OK I'll drag you!

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                  Picnicchef Jan 5, 2014 02:44 PM

                  Hi East Enders! I am writing an article for a newspaper in NJ about Peconic scallops, and the huge price increase and decreased availability. Anybody have a lead or two for me...By the way, they are my fav, and drove out just to get some in Early November. My fish guy in NJ has them at $28 wholesale!

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                    coll Jan 5, 2014 03:34 PM

                    Actually the availability is improved and the price is down this year. They were around $18 retail earlier this season.

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                      mcf Jan 6, 2014 10:40 AM

                      But west of there on LI, $28 or so. At least near me. :-(

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                        coll Jan 6, 2014 12:08 PM

                        So come on out and stock up, it's worth a trip (as I know you know). I paid under $20 on Christmas Eve at Mastic, not that I'm bragging or anything ;-)

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                          mcf Jan 6, 2014 02:08 PM

                          I wish I had! I'd have cut ahead of you at that gas station!

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                            coll Jan 6, 2014 03:20 PM

                            Scallop wars, let the games begin!

                    2. re: Picnicchef
                      emarcus Jan 6, 2014 10:07 AM

                      Call Ken Homan at Braun Seafood in Cutchogue. He'll be able to give you the skinny.

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