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Mar 6, 2007 02:25 PM

Cheap Lobster

Is cheap lobster an oxymoron? Or am I just a moron for thinking it can be found?
I hope not.
My brother's coming into town, and I think he is convinced that lobster tastes different on the East Coast than in the Midwest. Whatever his reasons, he wants to have some lobster while he's here. I'm in college, so the cheaper the better. (Not to say this isn't a general principle I'll live by when I'm out of college)
I know that you can buy them at Shaws and get them steamed, but I'm just not too keen on that idea. I'm a big fan of trusting the professionals. And I am no lobster professional.
So, no car to get outside of the metro area, so accesibility is an issue. I know on my way to the BPL in Copley I've seen some cheap lobster specials outside of some of those bars on Boylston. Still have them? Any good? Barring any good, is it worth it anyway? What about the touristy places by Faneuil?
On Chowhound suggestions, I went to Morse Fish Co. on Sunday and enjoyed a delicious shrimp cocktail and a decent crabcake with out of this world tartar sauce. Unfortunately, they didn't have lobster on the menu. Would like to strike chowhound gold once again...please help me out!

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  1. I remember seeing a good lobster deal several months ago at the Black Rose ($10?), a classic Irish bar near Quncy Market. Might be nice for a visitor, haven't tried it though.

    1. The Mt. Vernon in Somerville always has very reasonably priced twin lobster specials.

      1. For future reference (since they don't open until April and it's pretty far) I used to frequent Brown's Seabrook Lobster Pound when I lived in North Andover. It's on Route 286 in Seabrook Beach, NH (603) 474-3331. You can get two "chickens" with a side of fries for like $20. I also liked their fried seafood platter (i.e. fried pieces of fish, clams, lobster, etc, served with fries). The seating is no frills (i.e. long tables with benches). Also, you can also bring your own beer or wine. I'm sure that there are closer lobster pounds as well.

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        1. re: Chinon00

          Good news for people that this sounds good to, I am almost postive that Browns is open year round. Maybe not every day during the winter but at least Friday through Sunday. Please call the number listed to confirm before going just to make sure.

          1. re: debidokun

            And as far as “authentic” experiences go Browns is it. I say this because of the people who go there. They’re eating lobster for no other reason than that it’s Friday night along the North Shore and New Hampshire.

            1. re: debidokun

              Browns is closed from Dec 16th through Jan 1. Opened all other times. I love this place!

            1. A third recommendation on the Mount Vernon in this regard only. The otherwise crummy pub-style restaurant Whiskey's, across from the Pru, sometimes has cheap boiled lobster, with deeper discounts for 2 or 3 of the critters. And if memory serves, you can get lobster rolls at good prices at Charlie's Kitchen in Cambridge and Belle Isle in Winthrop.

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              1. re: bachslunch

                I've had the 2-lobster meal at Whiskey's a few times. It's no-frills, plastic basket service, but you get two steamed lobsters with fries and coleslaw for around $20 or so. Hard to beat, and very accessible.