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Any place to buy inexpensive lobster or crab near Torrance?

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lobsterlover Aug 22, 2006 03:15 AM

Only in town for a week and staying in Torrance. Any place to
get fresh lobster or crab inexpensively?

  1. Bob Brooks Aug 22, 2006 03:41 AM

    Find your local outlet of 99 Ranch Market, an Asian market chain. Lots of swimming lobsters and crabs in tanks at the best price anywhere. I'm sure there is one worth the drive from Torrance.

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      TomSwift Aug 22, 2006 05:04 AM

      Agree with Bob. Can't be beat, if you have cooking capabilities. If not, Quality Seafood at the Redondo Beach Pier has Maine lobster, Dungeness crab and other crabs, which they'll cook for you. Comparatively very expensive, though. But they do have live Uni at a most reasonable price. Scarf up.

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        lobsterlover Aug 22, 2006 05:39 AM

        Thanks for the info - I was actually looking for a wholesale fish market that's open to the public or off the boats. We have Ranch 99 in San Francisco. I will check out Redondo Beach.

        1. Dommy Aug 22, 2006 06:40 AM

          99 ranch is the BEST place... but the lobsters there are HUGE.... Here's our adventure (with pictures) in dealing with 4lb+ main lobsters... they turned out GREAT! :)

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

          --Dommy!

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            TomSwift Aug 23, 2006 03:54 AM

            Yeah, they are HUGE. Back last winter we got several 5+lb guys (incorrect since they were, by request, all females), and they were hard shells. Now they're pretty most skoft shells. But for price/quality ratio, they can't be beat.

          2. mabziegurl Aug 23, 2006 08:04 AM

            port o' call in san pedro, tons of seafood markets, almost like fisherman's wharf in SF, but more market like

            i have never seen people sell fish and seafood off their boats down in LA/OC like they do in Half Moon Bay

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              dano Aug 23, 2006 02:06 PM

              i'd stay far away from ports o call. At the end of 22nd street in pedro(same area) theres a number of fisheries that do sell to the public-one on the right end has lobster and crab tanks. Used to be a fish wholesaler in el segundo-lemme see if i can dig up the info.

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                bcastulo Sep 26, 2006 11:30 PM

                Any additional info on the wholesaler at the end of 22nd st. or a store name?
                Thanks.

            2. brekkie_fan Sep 27, 2006 01:51 AM

              99 Ranch is prob your best bet on price, but for someone who sells their seafood to some popular restaurants, drive to Santa Monica Seafood. They do business with Water Grill, Ocean Ave Seafood, and iCugini, just to name a few.

              http://www.santamonicaseafood.com/sto...

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