Hovering around $30 a pound, Nantucket bay scallops are a rarefied treat that just roared into season. They’re tiny (about the size of a dime) and usually served raw, as in a ceviche, or just barely cooked. Seems a little wacky to pay that price when sea scallops can be had for $8 to $20 a pound, but hounds swear by the Nantuckets: “Nantucket bay scallops are a unique enjoyment—sweet, tender, super small, and perfect raw. While perhaps unsuitable as an everyday-replacement to your usual scallops, Nantucket’s are a wonderful treat,” says rlove.
If you’re a DIY cook, the Nantucket scallops are available at Mercato del Mare and James Hook. The scallops are also starting to show up on local menus as specials. They’ve been spotted at Neptune and Garden at the Cellar.
Mercato del Mare [North End]
99 Salem Street, Boston
James Hook & Co. [The Waterfront]
15 Northern Avenue, Boston
Neptune Oyster [North End]
63 Salem Street, Suite 1, Boston
Garden at the Cellar [Cambridge]
991 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Board Link: First Nantucket Bay Scallops of the Season