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Best place to buy affordable lobster?

I've been looking at the old posts on this topic and was hoping I could get some additional insight. I need some lobster tails for a dish I'm making this weekend and was hoping I could get some advice on where to get good quality lobster at semi-affordable prices. Mind you I'm willing to pay for quality so I don't need the cheapest of the cheap recommendation, but don't want to get ripped off either.

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  1. Market Basket in Somerville will cook them for you while you shop if you want, and they are reasonable.

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    1. re: bear

      Ditto Shaw's. I've never had any issue with the quality.

    2. Not knowing where you are located, Market Baskets have always had good prices on the whole lobster, reasonable enough to use the tails and make lobster salad with the rest. Also, occasionally Costco has frozen Pacific Spiny lobster tails, not cheap.

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      1. re: treb

        Manchester Lobster Co, Exit 15 (Essex - School St) great deals on culls and bullets and jumbos

        Rockport Lobster Co on the Harbor, Gloucester, MA

      2. This is a no brainer, you could prob order FRESH lobster from these guys and have em shipped to you for less than Market Basket. Of course you can pick them up in person, it'a worth a drive.


        1. Market Basket usually has prices equal to pounds in NH (sometimes less expensive than culls), with pretty good turnover. However, supermarkets tend to focus on chicken lobsters (1 1/4 lbs). Recipes for lobster tails, usually use larger lobsters.

          If you just want tails and local lobsters, culls are a good way to go. You can get a larger lobster for a lower per-lb at the cost of one less claw. In the city (is Ctown Charlestown??), Hook is probably your option. Also close to Charlestown Courthouse has similar prices to Hooks, but no culls.

          Keep in mind that its winter,so lobstering in this season is no picnic, so you will pay a bit of a premium (the recent storm hit Maine pretty hard) but its largely for a good reason.

          1. Not sure if they're open in the winter but Alive and Kicking on Putnam Street may be what you're looking for.

            1. Ray Moore in Rockport MA

              1. I would not think any self respecting Bostonian or New Englander would even consider anything but Maine Lobster.........so I will assume you are not looking for frozen tails...

                Recent threads discussed Asian markets for purchasing Sea Foods in the Boston area....

                Consider Super 88...

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                1. re: fourunder

                  Second Super 88 if it one is at all convenient for you.

                  We have a place in the middle of lobster country (Round Pond Harbor, Maine) and the prices at Super 88 regularly beat the local pounds there. I'm not quite sure how they do it, but their prices are awesome.

                  As for quality, given that the lobster you buy is energetic, I suspect more is made of quality differences between retailers than actually exists.

                  1. re: Carty

                    Carty, I get lobsters several times every summer at the place in Round Pond marked only with a bunch of lobster buey hanging on a post. I was told that for some reason they are not allowed to put up a sign!

                    1. re: hargau

                      hargau, I am at my emotional best sitting at Muscongus lobster, slurping down Pemaquid oysters, eating lobster, and drinking a cold Heineken. (for some reason, even with all of the fine local Maine beers that I enjoy, I have developed an obsession with drinking Heineken on hot days while eating lobster).

                      Would love to run into you (or any other Chows) there. I am the strikingly handsome 250lb bald guy. With the Heineken.

                      1. re: Carty

                        Allagash White or Frye's Leap IPA should be substituted immediately.....I was at a party recently where all they had was heineken, and couldn't believe how bad it was.

                2. If you are near a Roche Bros supermarket, they have a very nice seafood department, and you can get the lobster there, without selling your first born.

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                  1. re: mwk

                    Thanks for all the suggestions. I do infact live in Charlestown so a lot of these options are close although I work on the North Shore so I will have to check out the places in Rockport and such as well. Thanks for all the help.

                    1. re: ctowncook

                      Make sure to call first.

                      Those places that only get lobsters locally may not have them on a particular day..because of weather and boats don't go out..ex. I called the wholesale place in Gloucester; just to check prices..and they were out of lobsters for the day...in the early PM.

                      Hook's in town has them pretty much all of the time.