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Aug 10, 2007 07:41 AM

Lobster in the Norwalk/Stamford Area

My finance & I were trying to figure out where to go to get a decent sized lobster in the Norwalk/Stamford area.

I know Gionvanni's is an obvious choice, but we're there all too often for family things.

SoNo Seafood is ok, but usually on have 1 1/4 lb to 1 1/2 lb lobsters.

We ended up at Morton's in Stamford because they had four pounders. The first one was so absolutely burnt the shell was black and crumbled and you couldn't pry the tail from the shell. The second was sent out under cooked, basically raw. What a disappointment!

Any ideas??

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  1. Rowayton Seafood is the best in the area...

    1. jfood wouldn't set foot in the stm mortons and has turned down many offers for a free meal, it ain;t worth the price. likewise he has seen a $82 lobster taht was raw. who nneds that?

      Agree with Rowayton Seafood. Other of jfood's choices for seafood and they may have lobster on the menu is Ocean Drive and Harbor Lights. You may want o call ahead and see if they have.

      1. I know Ocean Drive has large lobsters, we stopped going there due to a psycho working behind the bar. Which is unfortunate because I loved that place.

        I'm personally not a fan of Sono seafood I think it's over-rated and overly fried. I seem to be in the minority though.

        I also agree that Harbor lights should have larger lobsters, although probably not the 4lb variety. That is a family fave though so you can't go wrong there if dining with people looking for more than just lobster. My mom and Uncle swear by the Lobster Santorini (not sure if I spelled that right??) which looks too big for me to order but might be something you'd be interested in??!

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        1. re: SweetPea914

          jfood has a hard time using OD, HL and SS in the same category.

          The first two are restos and the last is really an upscale drive-in that you go to in Cape Cawd.for some fried bellies. Mrs jfood likes the lobstah but always seems to have her fingers in jfood fried clam bellies. Steamers are not bad either. but for other entrees, why bother.

          1. re: jfood

            I agree, they are def. on different levels. I think I would like SS if they had more non fried reasonably priced entrees. I usually do just go with the lobster there since it's boiled. It's just that everyone I know seems to be in love with SS and I get Clam bellies that are just as good at a little road side stand in Amherst, MA for half the price!
            Not that SS is really pricely, but I do feel it's overpriced for what it is. This is just my personal opinion, and I'm sure will come off snobby, tho that isn't my intent, but if you have to fry seafood to make it taste good, it probably wasn't quality seafood to begin with.

            1. re: SweetPea914

              jfood agrees that SS has gotten a little pricey. Went there for lunch with a buddy, split some steamers, had individual fried bellies and an iced tea. $35 EACH. You gotta be kidding me! But we ordered it ate it and the paid for it. For $35 at lunch jfood wants more than that. Could of eaten the Mahogany Sea Bass at OD or a burger with change in the pocket.

              SS is basically a no-return place at their new prices.

              1. re: SweetPea914

                What is the name of the Roadside place in Amherst MA? Heading there this weekend.

          2. I will jump on the bandwagon here and agree with the Rowayton Seafood recommendation. However, you might consider Sunset Grille in's on the water, too. I would check on the availability of lobster, but I'm betting they have it. Whenever I go there for lunch, I always have the lobster roll, so they obviously have lobster. I recently went for dinner and had the lobster risotto and it was heaven in a bowl.

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            1. re: sonofoodie

              jfood, I'm going to go out on a limb here and be the one to say what I can only assume others are also thinking. Would you be so kind as to stop speaking about yourself in the 3rd person? I'll be polite and just say that it's distracting. Thank you.

            2. Thanks for all the responses. I've never tried Harbor Lights before, I guess I'll give it a shot. Someone referred to it as a "glorified diner" once & that turned me off...

              Not such a fan of Ocean Drive...

              I totally forgot about Rowayton Seafood. That will my next lobster stop!

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              1. re: sfoss17


                you seem to be spot on to jfood's opinions so wanted to pick your brain on OD. You mentioned in another post that the owners changed. Do you know when this happened? Jfood noticed over the winter that the food was not up to par as previous summers but chalked it up to seasonality.

                1. re: jfood


                  I am not exactly sure when OD sold, but I know it was within the last 2 or 3 months. The same man owned Habana and OD and he had sold habana to a couple who apparently own a few other restaurants, which ones I am not sure. A couple of months after that they sealed the deal on OD.

                  When you were there over the winter, it was still the original owner. I hope the new people can put some life back into both of those places.