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Where to get lobsters now that J. Hook is no more?

RoyRon Jun 2, 2008 08:12 AM

Now that J. Hook is gone where is a good place to buy lobsters. We have out of town guests coming this weekend and were planning to have a lobster fest at home. We live in Winchester so any recs north of Boston would be greatly appreciated.

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    phonelady RE: RoyRon Jun 2, 2008 08:32 AM

    Lobster Claw in North Reading or Turner's in Melrose.

    1. Gio RE: RoyRon Jun 2, 2008 08:37 AM

      Twins Seafood Reading:
      Hard shell this month then soft shell till end of Oct.
      591 Main Street, Reading MA
      (at the corner of Main Street (Rt. 28 and Haven Street).

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        pemma RE: RoyRon Jun 2, 2008 08:44 AM

        Moulton's in Medford. Might want to call first and "reserve" lobsters.

        1. itaunas RE: RoyRon Jun 2, 2008 08:49 AM

          Depending on where you are in Winchester, there are a couple of possibilities in Medford. West Medford via Grove St or Mystic Lakes: Seafood Depot (fried seafood shack, with a new small market business and daily deliveries. would need to order ahead and no tank). Via Rt 28: Moulton's very easy access, also access off 93 via Medford Sq exit. Via Rt 93 (Rt 16 Everett exit to Harvard St) Captain Boston Fish Market on Main St beware of some nighttime repaiving on Harvard St.

          For Chicken Lobsters (mostly) Market Basket has very aggressive prices and good turnover compared to other markets ($6.99/lb recent week). If you can get a good deli clerk, they can get hardshell for you and try to find larger ones, but service varies. I used to be against supermarket lobsters and for special occasions I order from a fishmonger or directly from a pound, but the convenience/price has grown on me for more common use and experimenting with different recipies.

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            kate used to be 50 RE: RoyRon Jun 2, 2008 09:00 AM

            In the Seaport District (past No Name) is Yankee Lobster

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              grant.cook RE: kate used to be 50 Jun 2, 2008 09:15 AM

              Off topic a bit, but is Hook going to re-open in a temporary facility somewhere? Processing tons of lobsters a day, you'd think they'd try to get things running again somehow while they wrestle with rebuilding..

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                chowfamily RE: grant.cook Jun 2, 2008 05:29 PM

                There is an interesting article on Hook's immediate and future survival plans in the todays Herald. It seems they want to rebuild in the current location, and a competitor, P.J. Lobster, had offered them tanks so they can maintain their wholesale business. Another local business associate provided office space.

                I don't know how to link it, but it can be found at www.bostonherald.com with a search for Hook Lobster.

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              chuck s RE: RoyRon Jun 2, 2008 09:15 AM

              Alive and Kickin on Putnam Ave in Cambridge. They also do a lobster sandwich (sandwich bread rather than a hot dog roll).

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                tdaaa RE: RoyRon Jun 2, 2008 11:25 AM

                Burlington fish house and grille has both eat-in and seafood store. They hae been very accomodating in the past "reserving" lobsters and seem to have high turnover (the last time I asked for 6or 8 lobsters I had to wait to pick up until the days shipment came in). Haven't tried the eat-in food, but have heard good things. Hard to screw up lobster in any case. Its on 3A where winn street joins, so convenient to parts of winchester.

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                  mwk RE: RoyRon Jun 2, 2008 02:29 PM

                  My local Shaw's had chicken lobsters on sale this week for $7.99/lb

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