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best place in DC/VA/MD to buy live 3, 4 or 5-pound lobsters? (cooking for mother's day)

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best place in DC/VA/MD to buy live 3, 4 or 5-pound lobsters? (cooking for mother's day)

In the last couple of years, I drove down to the waterfront fish market in DC...
price and quality seemed pretty decent.... just wondering if there are other
alternatives.....

Thanks! :)

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  1. Maybe Slavin's seafood off I-395 in Alexandria or possibly Wegman's. I'm just curious why you want the heavy ones? If you don't mind hearing my opinion, I think the "big feed" steakhouses we all frequent have conditioned us to associate big lobsters with a special occasion or a celebration. The fact is, compared with those under 2 lbs., they are tough as nails. The littler they are, the more tender they are. But that's just my opinion.

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    1. re: HSBSteveM

      well..... the short answer is that mom prefers the lobster meat in the big claws... the smaller lobsters just don't have big claws... :)

      and we eat the rest of the lobsters... :D

      1. re: OaktonWhitney

        As a claw man, I applaud that answer! I'll never forget a holiday party I went to where they had a silver punch bowl overflowing with cracked Maine lobster claws.

    2. There's no comparison - the answer is Salt River.

      http://www.saltriverlobster.com/

      You can only find them at the Bethesda Community Store at Old Georgetown and Greentree Road on Friday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, or at the Kensington Train Station on Howard Avenue every Saturday from 8 am to 12 noon.

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      1. re: DanielK

        I highly second Salt River Lobster. You probably should order them in advance, though.

      2. You might want to try this: Decide where you like to go for seafood, and call them a few days in advance ... they'll get it for you.