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Lobster Birthday Dinner Twin Cities

AliceS Aug 14, 2006 01:33 AM

So my birthday is coming up and Paz and I are going out for a baby-free dinner, and I want lobster. We are willing to pay for it, but I want to know where to go. We are considering Oceanaire, McCormick and Schmick (do they have it?), and any other suggestions folks can come up with.

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  1. bluesman13 RE: AliceS Aug 14, 2006 01:57 AM

    For me personally, I recommend a Chinese slant - Shuang Cheng for lobster. You can order it plain steamed, with black bean sauce, lobster (New York) sauce, or ginger and garlic sauce. And it won't break your pocketbook either.

    Have fun!

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      Loren3 RE: bluesman13 Aug 14, 2006 07:13 PM

      Is this the same Shuang Cheng that's in Dinkytown? I know local 'hounds rave about the place, but seriously, the several times I've been there it's been one of worst Chinese food experiences of my life: broken rice served slightly dry and crunchy, vegetables either canned or overcooked beyond recognition, and the sauces gummy and sugary and oily. Maybe it's just me. I know every resto has something on the menu to avoid. Maybe I'm hitting it every time with Shuang Cheng.

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        AliceS RE: Loren3 Aug 14, 2006 11:42 PM

        If you ever saw TDQ's post on one-dish wonders, I think Shuang Cheng might qualify; not one dish, but few dishes: spicy squid (or something like that), lobster, and a few others I can't remember.

    2. AliceS RE: AliceS Aug 14, 2006 02:21 AM

      I have had the Chinese food route, and that is not what I am looking for here: it's my birthday, and I want steamed lobster with butter, period.
      Thanks for the suggestion though.

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        plautus RE: AliceS Aug 14, 2006 02:23 AM

        The online menu for Manny's Steak House lists Australian lobster tails for $125. I've never had one but I've seen them go past my table. They are *large*. Let us know where you end up going.

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          AliceS RE: plautus Aug 14, 2006 02:53 AM

          only the tail for over $100?! I was hoping for the whole thing for about $50. I love the claws.
          Any opinions on Oceaniare, Kincaid's, Frosts?

          1. re: AliceS
            Loren3 RE: AliceS Aug 14, 2006 07:07 PM

            I'm with you on that one. At $125 per tail, it's almost worth it to just fly to Maine for dinner.

        2. The Chowhound Team RE: AliceS Aug 14, 2006 04:07 AM


          Oceanaire, McCormick & Schmick; Kincaids are all national chains, please continue discussion of them on the Chains board. Please feel free to discuss non-chain restaurants that serve lobster on this thread.


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            Jordan RE: The Chowhound Team Aug 14, 2006 03:21 PM

            Actually, Oceanaire is a Minneapolis original that has subsequently opened a small number of branches in other cities.

            That said ... I was at Oceanaire a few years ago. They will definitely give you the full-service lobster with drawn butter experience. It's excellent. My only advice is to order any appetizers, salads, or side dishes as half-orders or appetizer-size portions. Our waiter was very accomodating in keeping portions small, as it is easy to be overwhelmed before you even get to your entree.

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              AliceS RE: The Chowhound Team Aug 14, 2006 03:28 PM

              I am sure this will get deleted, but I have to say it anyway: even though these places are chains, I am looking for something specific: lobster in the Twin Cities, and not "information about these chains." I am requesting advice from people in my area about what the best option is for lobster here, and if it is a chain, that is fine, but I don't think I can get the advice I need from someone on a nationwide board.
              I guess if you want to repost this to the site talk board, that is fine.

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                The Chowhound Team RE: AliceS Aug 14, 2006 04:55 PM

                To clarify:

                Short answers recommending chains in response to a local query are fine. If someone wants to respond to this thread suggesting that there are local outlets of national chains that serve lobster, that's okay.

                But specific questions about chains (like 'Does M&S serve lobster?') belong on the chains board, as does any in depth discussion of any chain's menu.

                It may mean that to get a complete answer to your questions, you have to create more than one thread on more than one board. It's not entirely convenient, but it helps keep things organized for future hounds hunting for information.

            2. Karl Gerstenberger RE: AliceS Aug 14, 2006 04:19 PM

              Chains are chains regardless of their origin. You will get accurate commentary on the chains board because consistancy is the life blood of a chain.

              Sea Salt rolls out the whole lobster now and again. I called them a moment ago and right now they're running Dungeness. They'll return to the east coast when they feel like it. Coastal is sellin them for $16.99 a pound. They recommended Stella's in Uptown, which is a one off restaurant operated by the Parsole group. Sort of the in between status when it comes to the chain designation. They also favorably mentioned Oceanaire. Do I go to bat or what???

              The home cooking board is an option. If you can do this on a Thursday night, I think there might be a private chef available, but this wouldn't be the place to solicit business and they're not cheap....

              1. Jordan RE: AliceS Aug 14, 2006 06:11 PM

                Another option is Jensen's Supper Club in Eagan. They have lobster tails, and they do a nice job with the old-school presentation and sides. I don't think they have whole lobster, but you can call to see if it's a special or anything.


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                  St Paul Susie RE: AliceS Aug 14, 2006 09:37 PM


                  I'd say Oceanaire is mucho better than M&S.

                  Perhaps see if Jax Cafe has any as well. Vs. Jensen's for an old school eve

                  Either way - DON"T get the massivly huge lobsters - get the smaller chicken lobsters (1 1/2 pounds) which have much better flavor. (IMO as a lobster loving gal)

                  Happy B-day!!!

                  1. Jordan RE: AliceS Aug 14, 2006 09:39 PM

                    Oh, Jax... another good option.

                    According to their menu, they have whole lobsters for $46 for a 1.5 pounder.


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                      MSP Flyer RE: AliceS Aug 15, 2006 03:21 AM

                      The Oceanaire is by far the best seafood restaurant in the state - if not region. As voted by MSP Mag, Mn Monthly, City Pages, etc.etc. The seafood is fresher than in anywhere else (being flown in 2x a day! from the Great Circle Route north sea/pac NW), the service is incredible and the food is great. There is no other place to get seafood in MSP - esp. for a birthday. M&S is truly a "chain" and the service/quality etc. are equal to that expectation.

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                        crazycook RE: AliceS Aug 16, 2006 03:53 PM

                        Was just at the lobster fest in Rockland ME two weeks ago and there's nothing like a great lobster.

                        I vote heavily for OCEANAIRE as the best in the twin cities - bar none. M&S is not good here - don't know why. OCEANAIRE does it right. But, do insist on the 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 max size. Lobsters any bigger are not as flavorful.

                        Also, I think the cook-at-home route is always best, if you're up for it. Its super easy but - given its your bday, completely understand wanting wait staff.


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