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Dec 17, 2008 09:48 AM

Best place to buy live lobsters in D.C./Md. area?

We're looking to purchase lobsters for a Christmas dinner feast this year. Does anyone have a favorite vendor? Off the beaten path is fine too.

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  1. I just placed an order for this weekend with Salt River Lobster. This will be my first puchase with them but they have good ink here and I like their website:

    I am interested to hear of other options both around Baltimore and the District.

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    1. re: jfish

      Second Salt River. Brilliant stuff and reasonably priced.

    2. still don't buy the PETA theory of why Safeway stopped, but Teeter still has 'em. has the seafood monger in G'town (south of M one block East of Wisconsin) re-opened, or did they just close?

      1. I would try the Blacksalt fishmarket at the front of Blacksalt restaurant in the Palisades. I have always been pleased with the freshness of their product. I was there a couple of weeks ago and I think their white board had 1 1/2 lb lobsters at $12.

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        1. re: DC Taco

          that sounds like a very reasonable price.

          1. re: WestIndianArchie

            It is. But I think lobster prices are down all around. Apparently they tanked with the credit crisis:

        2. There was a tank full of tasty-looking lobsters at the International Food Market on Rte 2 in Glen Burnie last weekend with the special sale price of $6.99/pound.

          If you go there, you can get all sorts of seafood and funky veggies to go with it. It's like H-Mart, but with a distinct Latino flair (many Latinos working there, and last time I was there a woman was hawking homemale tamales outside the store).

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          1. re: venera

            Salt River brings them down directly from Maine and they are $9.99/lb in whatever size you want.

          2. I saw them this week at Great Wall for $5.99 (<1.5 lbs) and $6.99 (>1.5 lbs). I've seen them as low as $3.99 lbs for the small ones.

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            1. re: Chownut

              ^^^What's "Great Wall"? Where is it located?

              1. re: beauxgoris

                Great Wall is the largest Chinese grocery store in this area. It's right off Gallows Road near the Dunn Loring Metro.

                It's in a strip mall with Gold's Gym and Five Guys....which is, again, on Gallows Road in between Lee Highway and Rt. 50.

                2982 Gallows Rd
                Falls Church, VA 22042
                (703) 208-3388

                If you're looking for fresh seafood, they probably have the largest selection in this area. They include live lobsters, dungeness crabs, blue crabs, tilapia, eel, frogs, turtles, shrimp, etc.

                I normally get large shrimp there for $4.99/lb, salmon steak for $3.99/lb, blue crabs for $1.99/lb, etc.

                1. re: Chownut

                  if it's the one I'm thinking of: avoid Friday rush hour in that area - I house-sat around there and sat for 20 minutes one night getting through that intersection.

                  but it is a fantastic grocery store.

                  selection reminded me of SF (and the determined Omas)

                  1. re: hill food

                    If you're shopping at Great Wall, avoid this place during weekday rush hour b/c Gallows Road is horrible.

                    Also, parking is scarce in the parking lot after work b/c of Gold's Gym, and on saturday mornings b/c of that Unique thrift store.

                    Avoid Great Wall on Saturday and Sunday's because asian families descend upon that grocery store like crazy. What exacerbates the problem is that Great Wall skimps on hiring cashiers and bag boys. Also, the area by the registers is too narrow and too close to the grocery isles.

                    The other two Korean markets (Han Ah Rheum & El Grande) in that general area do a better job of checking people's groceries and have fresher fruit.

                    Keep an eye on how Great Wall rings up your groceries b/c they often overcharge, and the fruits need to be eaten immediately b/c they spoil fast.

                    Some of the better deals that I've gotten from them include $.99/lb strawberries, $2 for 2 lbs of blue berries, and of course, the lobster.

                    1. re: Chownut

                      Ditto to all the above. Too bad about the place. If the construction on three of the four approaches to that place are not enough to keep you away, all the other hassles inside surely will.

                  2. re: Chownut

                    *adds to itinerary*

                    Thanks, this is a good tip.

                    1. re: WestIndianArchie

                      For those interested, all H Marts have lobsters on sale for $4.99/lb this weekend only.