HOME > Chowhound > Pennsylvania >

Discussion

Lobster for anniversary in Main Line or Media area?

  • 16
  • Share

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?

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
Posting Guidelines | FAQs | Feedback
Cancel
  1. 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. 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. 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?

        3 Replies
        1. re: rabidog

          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.

          1. re: Bashful3

            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. :)

          2. re: rabidog

            That would be Downey's at Front and South.

          3. Chops on City Ave usually has lobster on the menu

            1. 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.

              1. 50th Anniversary? Dilworthtown Inn makes sense to me for a special occasion in the Western burbs. http://www.dilworthtown.com/menu.asp

                1. 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. 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.

                    4 Replies
                    1. re: Carole

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

                      1. re: Buckethead

                        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.

                        1. re: Buckethead

                          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.

                          1. re: rabidog

                            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. 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.

                        2 Replies
                        1. re: CindyJ

                          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

                          1. re: keby

                            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.