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Retail oysters for home shucking - ideally in Concord/Acton area, but up to 1 hr away ok

Just reporting back. The Wellfleets from Twin at $10/doz and the Matinucks from Concord Prime & Fish at $18/dozen were both excellent. The Matinucks were much cleaner and not one of them was spoiled. That said, only about 3% of the Wellfleets were DOA, and they were easy to spot (plus, Twin was less careful than they would be with a specific number, since I said "gimme all of 'em" and they didn't charge me for the last ten oysters since they didn't add to a full dozen). All told, both were great. Thanks to everyone for terrific advice!

Jun 06, 2009
gabe_h in Greater Boston Area

Retail oysters for home shucking - ideally in Concord/Acton area, but up to 1 hr away ok

Well, bought out all of the stock at Twin and will hit Concord Prime & Fish tomorrow, so we'll have a good comparison on our hands here. Thanks to all for great feedback!

May 29, 2009
gabe_h in Greater Boston Area

Retail oysters for home shucking - ideally in Concord/Acton area, but up to 1 hr away ok

Definitely better on price, although not on quantity. $9.99/dozen and can do about 50-60.

May 29, 2009
gabe_h in Greater Boston Area

Retail oysters for home shucking - ideally in Concord/Acton area, but up to 1 hr away ok

Thanks, Cassoulady and Almansa! I've called Marden's (I've known them for many years and they're terrific) and Concord Prime (didn't know about that place - what a find!). Both were very accommodating and offered me $1.25 for a quantity of 100 (slightly discounted from their $1.50 retail price). Varieties will depend on what's in their wholesaler's inventory in the morning. Does anyone know another place that might beat those rates while offering similar quality?

May 29, 2009
gabe_h in Greater Boston Area

Retail oysters for home shucking - ideally in Concord/Acton area, but up to 1 hr away ok

I'm planning on getting a big cooler-full of oysters for saturday dinner at home in the Acton/Concord area, and need to find a good place to get them in the neighborhood or a reasonable distance. I'd be willing to travel a bit further for greater quality, wider variety, and/or lower price. Hounds - help!

May 29, 2009
gabe_h in Greater Boston Area

Cape - Chatham area suggestions

Thanks, all, for the great replies and suggestions. I can't wait to check out Nantucket Wild Gourmet and Smokehouse, in particular. We'll be scoping out all of the above in the coming days, but if there are other thoughts out there, please keep 'em coming.

Aug 19, 2007
gabe_h in All New England Archive

Cape - Chatham area suggestions

Hi - we're spending a week on the cape with a party of twelve or so -- including some young kids, and we are looking for recommendations for good food, including everything from good places to shop for ingredients (some very accomplished chefs in the group) to lunch and dinner venues. In some cases, we'll need family-friendly establishments for the whole group but it would also be great to know about places that can accommodate smaller sub-groups. We're all adventurous eaters, so unless the diner or surf-and-turf place that springs to mind is truly exceptional, we probably aren't very interested in it. Conversely, that little hole in the wall serving great *insert niche item here* is really of interest. Excellent ice cream recommendations a plus! Oh, and we'll travel for good eats. Not quite back to Boston, but within an hour or so in either direction.

Many thanks in advance for your help! Also posted in Boston, in case coverage overlaps.

Aug 13, 2007
gabe_h in All New England Archive