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Shad 2014

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Any restaurants serving it?

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  1. Don't know about restaurants, but I did see it at Ippolito's a week or two ago. If you don't want to cook it, they will prepare it for you too.

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    1. re: Philly Ray

      and it was delicious (although I cooked it myself)

      1. re: Bigley9

        They had shad about a month ago at Oyster House.

    2. This is my favourite fish, started when around 10 YO. l only cook it myself as l do not like filets. l want the roe first, then the whole fish which l do not filet but slowly , agonisingly slowly eat around the zillions of bone.
      Generally get it at RTM or Ardmore at John Yi, 3-4 dollars a pound.
      For me as good as fish can be.

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      1. re: Delucacheesemonger

        Can't argue with you there delucas. Yum! Could go for some roe right now. I try to cook the roe gently so the delicate flavor does not get bullied by bacon or something else way too harsh.

          1. re: Bigley9

            $12.99/lb for the fillets and the roe at the Cherry Hill Wegmans today. I should have bought some, but forgot. My grandmother LOVED the roe.

            1. re: Boognish

              As did my mom Boognish. I wonder if the montgomeryville Wegmans has it. I remember when the shad festival in Lambertville was amazing. The fisherman's club offered a shad dinner with advance ticket sales. /swoon

          2. re: Delucacheesemonger

            DCM - You need not eat around the zillions of bones. By wrapping tightly in foil with thinly sliced onion or shallot, butter, chopped parsley and generous grinds of salt and pepper, and put in a 275-degree oven for five hours the wee bones miraculously melt and you can eat all.

            Mom and dad loved shad and we'd wait until March to have a dinner of slow baked shad accompanied by broiled shad roe wrapped in bacon and new asparagus with mom's fresh Hollandaise. Oh, and her potatoes Au Gratin with Gruyere. That's what spring memories are made of.

            1. re: Chefpaulo

              That is indeed true, but l like mine less cooked and prefer to screw with the bones due to my old habits.

              1. re: Chefpaulo

                That sounds lovely CP! Now I'm hungry. I want to run out and make that exact meal, shad and roe. Well except for the bacon part. Too assertive. Still miss eating shad on the picnic tables along the delaware at the fisherman's club when the trees are budded and a whisper away from leafing out.

                1. re: givemecarbs

                  I'm with your on the Shad Fest, Carbs. It used to be a seasonal pilgrimage. However, last year was such a bust (Jen and I got there too late to get a shad taco as they were out at 2:00 p.m.) and there was NO other shad to be found in town. Lots of funnel cakes, franks, lemonade and burgers but the star had left the house.

                  As for the bacon wrap, we just did it as an accent rather than an encasement. .We'd split the bacon lengthwise and wrap a half strip around the roe set. It adds a nice embellishment without being a bacon edict.

                  And DCM, try the slow bake at least once. It really works. The bones just disappear and you are left with moist, succulent shad.

                  1. re: Chefpaulo

                    I agree with you,.... the most shad can be found on the poster for the fest. The shad itself is an after thought. It has turned into the communities rite of spring, but ignoring the fact that it used to celebrate going into the Delaware and catching the fish.

                    But that area is such a big tourist area, it almost doesnt matter.. they could name it roadkill fest and people would still come..

                    1. re: cwdonald

                      There was a Shadfest in Fishtown for a few years, but that too became simply a spring festival (and they renamed it).

            2. All right, already -- we went to Ippolito's! Expertly filleted. DW baked it at home. Delicious. Didn't get roe, though they had some.
              P.S.: Roy-Ann in Sellersville said they had had shad last weekend; future prospects uncertain. Not currently on the menu at R&S Keystone in Telford. Snockey's in S. Phila. had it Friday, from Ippolito's/Samuels I'd guess.

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              1. re: kb612

                Darn thanks for the info kb. Was thinking of trying the R and S. I missed out on their ground cherry pie last year too.

              2. I saw it yesterday at the Flourtown farmers market.

                1. any sightings in South Florida?

                  1. There is still shad to be found. I have been buying it at 2 places in Mt Airy.
                    Pikes Place Seafood on Washington La. and The Crab Claw on Ogontz ave. Both were at $4.99 Lb for whole fish and a tip to Fillet. Not Boneless fillet but still at half the price of anywhere AND that included the ROE. Yes. $24 for 2 big fillets and Roe.
                    I found an excellent You Tube video by Capt. Vince Russo on boneing the fillet myself. takes 5 min once you have done a few, I even ordered the knife he uses.

                    Now for the bad news, even now , in prime season, both places do not carry it all the time as it does not sell fast and it spoils fast.
                    I am hoping by getting the word out they will sell more and stock more.

                    Call them, ask for it, order it.

                    If Mt. Airy is too far for you try calling some of the small fish stores in more "ethnically diverse" City neighborhoods.

                    I am going Shad fishing with a guide on the Delaware near Trenton this Wed. I love It.

                    1. Mica is doing a tasting menu featuring shad roe next week.

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                        1. re: JanR

                          Menu.. I am underwhelmed.. Chad does not do good work outside french standards.

                          Porridge: Bone Marrow Royal, Celery Milk, Smoked Onion Crouton, Caraway
                          Fried: Buckwheat, Meyer Lemon, Coffee Bean, Nettle
                          Barded: Our Bacon, English Peas, Soubise, Oregano
                          Steel Cut Oat Semi Freddo: Granola, Rum-Raisin, Sour Appl

                          1. re: cwdonald

                            It's a list of ingredients, and like all modern menus, I find it is pretty useless in predicting what the dish will be like. However, my experience with Blackfish/Mica predicts it will likely be brilliant. YMMV

                            Slightly off topic, but I think I mentioned something about our Oregon truffle dinner at Mica a few weeks ago. Every dish we had seemed to be completely new creation as far as I could tell (and you know I eat at Blackfish & Mica a lot!). It was probably the best meal I've had so far this year (only the Townsend popup would be in the same league), so I'm really hoping that Chip was testing out his new dishes for The Treemont on us. In fact he let us in on his plans that evening, which I think was a week or so before the media got a hold of the story. But he was a little cagey about the menu...however, I have my suspicions we saw a preview of some of the dishes. Photos below (pity I forgot to photograph the bone marrow, which was maybe the best thing):


                        2. We've had it at Little Pete's in the Philadelphian. He does a good job with fish - my husband's favorite is the whole branzino, Greek style.
                          Also saw it on the menu at the Oyster House and at Fuji, in Haddonfield. Fuji features shad roe, too.

                          My husband bought it for us last week at Whole Foods. Reading Terminal Market probably has it also.

                          1. It might be too far for you but the Hollywood Grill in Wilmington DE has it on special regularly this time of year. Big ad on their signboard that says "We have Fresh Shad".

                            The Hollywood Grill location used to be a Howard Johnsons and still has decent fried clam strips (might have gotten their recipe). Its a Diner with decent desserts, good salads, good sandwiches etc and a few specialties left over from the HoJo Days. Soups are decent as well but don't expect anything too fancy.

                            Its a ways out, but it is just off I-95 at the Concord Pike 202 exit. Here's the website so you can get the address, it also has the phone number so you could confirm they had shad before going - http://hollywoodgrilldelaware.com/