I just posted on a couple of Milltown threads, and it got me thinking about mussels. I love the things, but ONLY if they are fresh. Otherwise they are one of the foulest things I can think of putting in my mouth. Milltown does a good job (from what I've experienced), but I also love to cook shellfish at home.
I've tried twice picking up some bags of mussels from the Teeter and cooking them at home. This was an obvious bad decision, but I couldn't resist the low price. Both times resulted in a similar experience... After picking through them before cooking, I ended up throwing out close to half of them. After cooking, I threw out half of the remainder and was left with about 8 mussels that were worth eating. Unfortunately some of the rejects passed both inspections and I attempted to eat them... yuck!
Can anyone recommend a good place to buy fresh Mussels in the Chapel Hill / Durham / Raleigh area for cooking at home? Also, are there any other good mussel joints, other than Milltown that I should investigate when eating out?