"Market Price" for lobster?
Planning some eating adventures in your neck of the woods, and all I've seen of prices are for lobster rolls, ranging from $8.99 to $24. What's the going rate this year for whole lobster? At places like Skipjack and Legal Seafood? How about places like Lobster Shack in Ogunquit or Cape Elizabeth, or Haraseeket L&L in Freeport? How much will the price vary from week to week or from July to September?
Darned but I can't remember the prices we paid. Este's in Harpswell had triples for something like $29.99. We had our most expensive lobster roll there $15.95 (came with a pickle and small container of bland coleslaw). Prices were slightly higher per pound for larger lobsters 1 1/2 lbs and up. We've decided that the minimum size should be 1 1/4 lbs which makes digging for body meat worthwhile. I think the price varies the most depending on the location. I thought the lobster place on Southport Island (next to Boothbay) was more expensive than other places we went. Decided to get a crab roll there ($10) instead of a lobster roll ($15.95). Glad we tried the crab roll but it was on the skimpy side. Considering many places are using packaged coleslaw that's of very mediocre quality I'd recommend someplace that gives you just chips and melted butter. Waterman's gives you a whole grain roll and remains our very favorite place for lobster and what we thought was the best price. We don't get lobster where we have to eat indoors unless it's a rare occasion in the middle of winter. Cheapest lobster would be to buy at the local supermarket and have them steam it for you but it's not as good.
Live chics are going for about $8/lb, which is about 160% increase over previous years. The prices have come down about $1/lb since March. With the price of fuel, I doubt that prices will come down to the $5/lb we are used to seeing.
I haven't seen a lobster roll for under $10 anywhere this summer - course I never pay attention to places like McyD's or D'Angelos.
If you want to buy live and prepare them yourself live lobsters are currently going for $4.99lb for soft shell and $5.69 for hard shell in mid-coast Maine.
The excellent Oyster River Trap Company in Warren has moved from their home based place on Rt 131 to a new commercial facility on Rt. 90. They sell extremely fresh, just caught that day lobster, assorted fish, mussels, clams, etc. and will also cook them for a small fee.
They also have an extremely rare blue lobster as a mascot that you can check out.