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Lobster for anniversary in Main Line or Media area?

Carole Jun 4, 2008 03:58 PM

My friends are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and asked me if I knew where the best place would be to order lobster. They don't want to go into Philly and live in the Broomall area. I had a very hard time coming up with anything as we always just cook them at home. But of course that's not the kind of dining experience they're looking to get.

Anyone have any ideas?

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    Hungryin theBurbs RE: Carole Jun 4, 2008 04:13 PM

    Honestly, I have yet to find a great place for lobster in the region. There are several great mail order companies that ship overnight from Maine. We sometimes do this for special occasions. You can get the whole meal and it's a lot of fun.

    1. crazyspice RE: Carole Jun 4, 2008 05:51 PM

      That's a tough one if you want fresh and delicious. I am from Maine and my family has been pretty happy with the lobster boil dinners you get through mail order. We send them to my Dad in Florida too and he really enjoys them.

      1. rabidog RE: Carole Jun 4, 2008 08:03 PM

        that is so weird. carole and i must have had the exact same thought today around the same time! taking the R5 train home from work along this route around 6pm today, i was reflecting on my recent dinner at black lab bistro in phoenixville where i had a crab-stuffed lobster with a hollandaise sauce. liked the lobster a good deal, did without the crab as best i could. right around the ardmore station, i started paying close attention to all the surrounding restaurants and i specifically wondered if any of the restaurants along my route had a decent lobster. i made a mental note to come home and ask chowhounds for lobster recs near an R5 train station. just had to share that random and coincidental thought - even now that it's already been asked!!

        when i asked these questions to a colleague on the train, they suggested i try a place at front & south (the one with the outdoor seating - i've seen it but the name escapes me now. any thoughts on that?

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          Bashful3 RE: rabidog Jun 4, 2008 08:16 PM

          I can't remember the name of it, rabidog, but I know I went once, with a friend, lured by the prospect of lobster. But, it was noisy, not that clean, too picnicy for our taste--lobster on the cheap, but not soul satisfying the way lobster should be.

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            rabidog RE: Bashful3 Jun 9, 2008 06:49 PM

            well you are certainly right about the not that clean part!! unfortunately they were totally out of lobster, but i was in a seafoody mood. so we had peel & eat shrimp and some snow crab legs. all overcooked. and WAY too much of both. what a shame. other than seafoods i'm vegetarian, but that's the kind of thing that makes me feel bad about eating seafood.

            anyway, i'm off to kansas for a week, so see this as a way of preparing myself. :)

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            Philly Ray RE: rabidog Jun 4, 2008 08:29 PM

            That would be Downey's at Front and South.

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            productionjon RE: Carole Jun 4, 2008 08:44 PM

            Chops on City Ave usually has lobster on the menu

            1. Carole RE: Carole Jun 5, 2008 10:24 AM

              Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Because it is such a special occasion, I know they don't want to deal with eating at home. Also, I'm not sure that Chops is going to be special enough. I guess there might not be such a place in the area.

              To add to the problem really, is that they are originally from Nova Scotia and do know their lobsters. I don't think they are expecting to find lobster nirvana around here but are actually looking for a decent lobster (not necessarily plain steamed/boiled) at a beautiful restaurant in the area.

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                Hardart RE: Carole Jun 5, 2008 10:30 AM

                50th Anniversary? Dilworthtown Inn makes sense to me for a special occasion in the Western burbs. http://www.dilworthtown.com/menu.asp

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                  obx_nancy RE: Carole Jun 5, 2008 10:36 AM

                  Seven Stars Inn in Phoenixville. Hands down. Huge wonderful lobsters along with filet mignon so tender it can be cut with a fork. Work the scenic drive from Broomall.

                  1. Carole RE: Carole Jun 5, 2008 10:55 AM

                    Thanks!

                    I'll pass on both suggestions to her. I'm sure Dilworthtown wouldn't be too far and I think that Seven Stars could also be fine, distance-wise.

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                      Buckethead RE: Carole Jun 5, 2008 11:23 AM

                      I would not recommend the Dilworthtown Inn, my one meal there was not good at all.

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                        Carole RE: Buckethead Jun 5, 2008 01:19 PM

                        I've had good meals there, but I haven't been there in a while.

                        And unfortunately, Seven Stars only has African Tail lobsters so they're out of the running.

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                          rabidog RE: Buckethead Jun 8, 2008 05:23 PM

                          i also have only eaten there once, back in december (and thank goodness it wasn't on my own dollar!!) but i was highly satisfied with my meal there, especially compared to other holiday party dinners. food, service and decor were all top-notch for me. however i've heard many others agree with your opinion buckethead - they don't get stellar reviews across the board for sure.

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                            MarcyD RE: rabidog Jun 9, 2008 08:42 AM

                            Legal Seafoods in King of Prussia Mall. It's so amazingly fresh - you'll feel like you're eating at the shors. Their lobster roll on brioche roll is insane.

                      2. CindyJ RE: Carole Jun 9, 2008 11:41 AM

                        Too bad they're looking for something other than a home-cooked meal. Shop Rite has lobsters on sale this week for $6.99/lb.

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                          keby RE: CindyJ Jun 9, 2008 12:05 PM

                          Wow! Thanks for tip on Shop-Rite's sale!! The only place I know of that does a Lobster Bake is the Desmond Hotel in Great Valley on Fridays I believe. I've heard great things about legal seafoods in boston, ma, so it may be worth looking into

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                            CindyJ RE: keby Jun 9, 2008 02:37 PM

                            We had a couple of 1.5 pound lobsters last night and they were great! Shop Rite often has lobster specials on holiday weekends during the summer. That's about the only time I find myself checking the grocery store circulars that clog my mailbox on Thursdays.

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