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Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

Next weekend is the annual Lobster Festival in San Pedro. I do love Maine Lobster.....but San Pedro? Is it worth the trek and the crowds? Has anyone ever been?

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  1. I went once, and didn't like the long crowds. Actually I never ordered the lobster after seeing how long the line was to get them....got something in a food stall.....forget how much it was, 20 bucks or so? came with corn on the cob...

    i'd probably go again just to try out the lobster....

    1. If you don't want to drive to San Pedro, Quality Seafood at the Redondo Beach Pier is having a Lobster Special for $15.00 for the enire month of September. Quality Seafood's Lobster Special includes a 1.25 lb. (approximate) steamed Lobster, fresh corn and butter. I've never tried Quality Seafood's Lobster but Quality Seafood has many positive reviews on Chowhound.

      For comparison, the Port of Los Angeles Loster Festival offers a steamed Lobster (no mention of approximate weight in its ad), cole slaw, roll and butter for $17.00. I think you have to pay $8.00 ($6.00 with coupon) for admission to the Lobster Festival. http://www.LobsterFest.com (310) 798-7478

      Quality Seafood
      130 South International Boardwalk
      Redondo Beach
      (310) 374-2382
      (310) 372-6408

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      1. re: Norm Man

        Quality Seafood does have a website, but I couldn't find that Lobster special posted there (that doesn't mean that specials not on though):

        http://www.qualityseafood.net

        For a 2 year old Pictured review:

        http://professorsalt.blogspot.com/200...

        1. re: JBC

          Thanks, JBC. I moved to a new domain, the updated URL is now: http://professorsalt.com/2004/11/22/q...

        2. re: Norm Man

          Thanks for the tip on Quality Seafood.

          If you click onto Feasting on the Lobster Fest Link, they say the lobster is 1 and 1/4 lb.

          1. re: Norm Man

            I plan on getting the 2-fer special which is $31.00 for 2x 1.25 lb lobsters ... since I'm already going to be paying that admission fee!

            I went last year and the line was not that long! In fact, the ppl who paid for the VIP tix were complaining about having wasted their money - they only saved a few minutes compared to us.

            --burumun
            http://gourmetpigs.blogspot.com

          2. Are these pacific spiny lobsters or the imported Homarus americanus?
            well, shipped if not imported.

            1. I've been to the lobster festival about three times...mind you I don't eat lobster, but the people I go with do, and they liked it very much. Don't let the length of the line deceive you, it moves quite quickly. As someone who normally waits for my comrades to eat, trust me it was not that long, and no complaints from the lobster fans--good stuff, and we are going this Saturday BTW. Hope this helps! Czesc!

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              1. re: OlaFasola

                Thanks for all the input everyone.....I think that all-in-all a field trip to San Pedro is merited this weekend!!

                1. re: OlaFasola

                  Yes, the SO and I have been several times too. Sometimes we have the lobster, sometimes just the fish and chips. But you know the crowds aren't as bad as you might think. And the lines do move. All in all a pretty nice day on the harbor for this city boy and his pal. Have fun!

                  1. re: Silver Lake Guy

                    OK everybody, I'm reviving this thread. Still worth it? Any feedback? Suggestions on when to go/any tips?

                    1. re: aurora50

                      Went last year. Food was good. Lobster was good, as were the Louisiana food booths. Was quite expensive however. Would rather eat a 4 pound lobster at a chinese restaurant, and then head over to Creole Chef to gourge out on Creole food. About twice as much food for the price of lobster fest.

                      I could've eaten 4 of those tasty crustaceans last year easily.

                      1. re: ns1

                        Thanks for the input!! I don't have a lot of dough right now, maybe I'll wait until next year, when I'm more flush and have more disposable income. Then maybe I can go for one of their twofer specials. : )

                        1. re: aurora50

                          Yeah we did 2 twofer specials (me and Ms. Ns1), and could've easily gone a second round. I think we spent 80 bucks that night, and were "kind of" full. Could have easily spent 150.

                          Actually, we did a pair of twofers and then went and grab some fried catfish which was quite good.

                2. I've been to the Redondo Beach "festival" and also the one that used to be sponsored by Quality Seafood (before they got into a dispute over property rights). QS still has the monthly lobster special discussed above (I'm not sure when, but I'll be there this Saturday 8/29 and will find out and report). Their special is a good deal and you avoid all the crowds. Don't neglect the live uni and some swell oysters. The fried silver smelt is especially good.

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                  1. re: TomSwift

                    Did anyone hit up the Long Beach Lobster Festival this weekend? Just curious on how it went...

                  2. I've been to Redondo Beach and Port of LA but Port of LA is a better value.

                    1. Since lobster season closed last winter andwill not open until the first of October these are probably frozen Pacific or flown in Atlantic ones (these have big claws, Pacific ones do not).

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                      1. re: subal

                        Hey guys, I've been reading on the Internet about how cheap lobster is in Maine now -
                        - Any chance of that translating to Southern California? Anybody know?

                        1. re: aurora50

                          An excellent question. The QS lobster special is currently @15 bucks

                          1. re: aurora50

                            In the last several months I've seen live Maine lobsters at Ranch 99 for as low as $4.99/lb.

                            1. re: monku

                              Wow. No excuse not to partake!!