Editors’ Choice (TIE)
Cherry Street Fish Market
If you are one of the many home cooks who find selecting and preparing seafood a bit daunting, get yourself over to the Cherry Street Fish Market. The wide selection—from wild-caught Pacific salmon to local lobsters—ensures anyone can find something they’re comfortable cooking. And the knowledgeable staff is dedicated to sharing their expertise with customers. Not sure what to do with those plump scallops or that slab of seabass? Just ask.
26 Hobart St., Danvers, 978-777-3449, cherrystfishmarket.com
Fisherman’s Wharf Gloucester Seafood
When the COVID-19 lockdown began, some Gloucester locals decided to have a pop-up drive-through fish sale, helping connect struggling fishermen with customers who wanted fresh food without the need to visit the supermarket. They sold out so fast they held another event and then another. Today, the drive-through market is a Gloucester staple, offering local fish, prepared seafoods, and sandwich kits.
37 Rogers St., Gloucester, 978-281-7707, fwgloucester.com
David’s Fish Market & Lobster Pound
Art David started out in the seafood business delivering fish by bicycle in the 1940s. Eventually he decided to let the fish stay put and the customers come to him. The result is a decades-long legacy of exceptional selection and service that have made David’s a mainstay of the region. Today, David’s great-grandson runs the store, keeping up the proud family tradition of deliciously fresh seafood.
54 Bridge Rd., Salisbury, 978-462-2504, davidsfishmarket.com
Fish is dedicated to maintaining connections with the fishermen and their vessels so it can support the fishing industry and provide the best possible fish to their customers. If you’re in town for just the day, take advantage of the “Catch and Release” service by choosing your fish and letting the market hold on to it until you are ready to head home.
75 Water St., Newburyport, 978-255-1597, newburyportfish.com