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Catch of the day at this new Brighton shop

Brothers Andrew (left) and Michael Bulger sell a variety of fish (above) and shellfish (bottom) at their Brighton Fish Company.

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Brothers Andrew and Michael Bulger sell a variety of fish (pictured) and shellfish at their Brighton Fish Company.

Brothers Andrew and Michael Bulger.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

Brothers Andrew and Michael Bulger.

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It’s easy to get hooked on Brighton Fish Co., which opened this spring. It’s the best kind of fish market: small, spotless, and stocked fresh each morning. Besides what you’re expecting — tuna, salmon, and cod — you’ll find surprises like fresh red snapper and mahi-mahi, excellent housemade stuffed shrimp, and dried fettuccine made with squid ink. Specialty catches are available on request with a day’s notice. Owners and brothers Michael and Andrew Bulger worked for years with a fishmonger on Cape Cod before making the move to Boston and opening their own store on Chestnut Hill Avenue. They offer hot and frozen chowders, and have plans to include fried foods such as clams or fish and chips. Though Andrew Bulger admits to disliking the taste of lobster, the Brighton Fish Co. lobster roll ($12.99), recently rated one of Boston’s best by the Zagat website, is a current top seller, and for good reason: It’s stuffed with well-cooked lobster meat and little else. Locals seem to approve. One customer who bought it stepped back inside the store, half-eaten sandwich in hand, to give a hearty thumbs-up. Brighton Fish Co., 162 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton, 617-903-3750, www.brightonfishcompany.com.

CRISTIN NELSON

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