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Groceries, Seafood

Tue–Sat 10:00am–6:00pm
Sun 10:00am–4:00pm

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4 Sybil Ave.
Branford, CT
(203) 488-1019
Bud’s Fish Market
A wide selection of quality seafood, plus spreads, sauces, and sausage

Since 1948, the family behind Bud’s Fish Market has been keeping this part of the coastline stocked with local, fresh seafood. The family’s son now runs the joint, and they boast an impressive selection.

They’ll ship pretty much anywhere in the nation, via FedEx, which is handy if you want to send Maine lobsters to your newly transplanted, forlorn friends in Oklahoma City.

Depending on the season, they carry Irish, Scottish, and Atlantic salmon, as well as the ever-delicious Arctic Char. Also from Iceland, there’s haddock. American goodies like Alaskan king crab, Maine lobster, and Rhode Island-caught swordfish round out the list. A nice, ruby red loin of sushi-grade ahi tuna is ready for sushi parties or simple searing—if you can get it home without taking a big bite out of it.

Any sort of bivalve or crustacean you could ever want to squirt lemon juice on is here: Littlenecks, shrimp (cooked and raw), steamers, razor clams, and oysters, all of which you can dip in the spicy cocktail sauce that’s sold here, too.

In addition, there are seafood sausages and spreads, which go above and beyond the usual fish market offering.

Prices are a little high here, but for this kind of quality, it seems appropriate. Call ahead to see when lobsters are coming in and get them that day. It will be well worth it.

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