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Squat Lobster in central Fl?

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Has anybody tried these?, they are supposedly a crab,that has a meaty tail,that looks and tastes like lobster,and are also supposed to be cheaper, i have checked my local Publix, and Albertson's ,but neither have them(frozen in a bag like shrimp), does anyone know if they are avl here?, thanks.

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  1. From what I can tell it is a cheap, weaselly way of making customers think they are getting lobster meat. Why would you want to buy it?

    Google is your friend.

    Retail Squat Lobster
    Product: IQF-Lobster Chunks - Squat Lobsters
    Origin: El Salvador
    Sctfi Name: List the Scientific name on bag
    Pack: 21/1lb. or 16/1.5lb.
    Additives: List what is on the bag
    Bags: Printed & Resealable w/UPC
    Target: 22-24 chunks per lb.
    Pack Date: 90 days or newer
    Cost: $5.50lb.
    This product is currently being sold in Costco, Wal-Mart Supercenters, Cost U Less, and many other club and grocery chains.

    From:
    www.ambassadorseafoods.com/lang.html
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    Also AMBASSADOR SEAFOODS, inc. has it.

    520 NW 165th St. Rd., Suite 104, Miami, Fl. 33169
    800-365-2016, 305-940-9133, Fax 305-940-4851

    Here are some South Florida chefs using it regularly and endorsing it to other restaurants . . .

    "A great tasting product, squat
    lobsters are by far the most
    economical source to enhance
    any lobster or seafood salad."

    STEVE GALLUZI, EXECUTIVE CHEF
    PETE'S
    BOCA RATON, FL

    "The versatility of the product is great -- it can be applied in
    any seafood creation that calls
    for lobster or shrimp."

    TODD MORGAN, CORPORATE CHEF
    THE CULINARY GROUP
    BOCA RATON, FL
    .
    "The moist, sweet taste of the
    lobster nugget is a great asset to
    any pasta dish."

    TONY LAURI, EXECUTIVE CHEF
    THE RUSTY PELICAN
    KEY BISCAYNE, FL
    ~~~
    And of course they are mentioning the product on the menu, telling customers about it, promoing it with waitstaff as fake lobster, etc. . .

    Bob

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    1. re: Bob Mervine

      what got my interest was a cooking show "taste this" i believe to be the name that was specifically about cooking with this product,hey if it's good enough to pass for lobster at a fraction of the price , and it's a natural product(unlike IMITATION crab) I'm there.thanks for the tip, i did find info, but not the bit about where to buy.

      1. re: jword2001

        According to Wikipedia they are sold in restaurants as Langostino lobsters.
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squat_lo...

        1. re: donh

          Well, if it's langostino "lobster," then you can go to your local Long John Silver's and try it. Doesn't sound like a quality product to me, if LJS carries it!

          I'd always heard them called "langoustine," though I don't know if that's the same thing or not. Sounds like it is the same, but, since my background is French, it looks like "langoustine" is the French version of the Spanish word "langostino." Anyway, if they are the same thing, then a langoustine is just a prawn, not a real lobster.

          Cheers!
          Heather W