Best of Boston

BEST Fish Market

2016 BEST Fish Market

Red’s Best


Sure, you know your halibut is local, but do you know which fisherman, vessel, and port it came from? Or exactly how it was caught? Thanks to its network of regional anglers—and some cutting-edge tracking technology—Red’s Best can label every… read more»

2015 BEST Fish Market
Photograph by Marian Siljeholm

New Deal Fish Market


If Cheers were a fish market, it might look like New Deal, a family-owned shop where the fishmongers know practically every customer’s name (and are happy to offer tips on preparing their from-the-sea bounty). Here, the cases are stocked with… read more»

2014 BEST Fish Market

Wulf's Fish Market


We like to think of this Brookline mainstay as the ultimate neighborhood monger, one that demonstrates its openness to the community through its displays: Pristine whole black bass, local squid, and carefully portioned fillets of sole and salmon are all… read more»

2012 BEST Fish Market

Wulf’s Fish Market


You can smell the ocean without leaving Brookline—just take a whiff of the salty freshness inside this bright, tiny shop. Mussels, clams, and all the fruits of the sea are practically flipping out of their cases. But it’s the service… read more»

2011 BEST Fish Market

Wulf’s Fish Market


There’s nothing flashy about this 85-year-old institution. But when it’s New England seafood you’re shopping for, quality trumps flair. The fish at Wulf’s, mostly local and undeniably fresh, comes in seasonally, so the selection is well edited and cut to… read more»

2009 BEST Fish Market

New Deal


When trying to lay your hands on the freshest catch in Boston, you could get up at 4 a.m., pull on rubber boots, and clump along to the fish pier to haggle with salty characters. Or you could sleep in… read more»

2007 BEST Fish Market

New Deal Fish Market


New Deal is a sure bet for dazzling, sashimi-grade specimens and a changing presentation of fresh catches such as Alaskan black cod and green sea urchin. The owners will offer tips on what to buy, as well as how to… read more»

2006 BEST Fish Market, South

Brant Rock Fish Market


Brant Rock Fish Market owner Henry Dunbar is a world traveler. He’s been to Tanzania, Madagascar, and Puerto Rico. Before going on his journeys, he posts a poem in his shop window about his latest adventure. But when it comes… read more»

2002 BEST Fish Market

Fresh Pond Seafood


It’s not much to look at from the outside, and the décor inside isn’t much of a confidence builder, either. But who cares? The giant 500-gallon tanks hold oceans of fresh-caught lobsters in a range of weights from manageable one-pound… read more»

2001 BEST Fish Market, West

Captain Marden’s Seafoods


When restauranteurs like Gordon Hamersley, Barbara Lynch, or Frank McClelland order fish, they call Kim Marden’s wholesale operation. But the pros aren’t the only ones Marden’s supplies. Amateur cooks can also get the and freshest fish by heading west to… read more»