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Economical lobster still to be had in LA?

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bite bite May 14, 2009 09:24 AM

Is inexpensive lobster still to be had in LA? Recall Ralph's having a good deal back around X-mas.

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    vinosnob May 14, 2009 09:32 AM

    SM Seafood's had maine lobster on sale a few weeks ago for around $12/pound. Regular price is around $15 or $16 IIRC.

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      TomSwift May 14, 2009 10:31 AM

      99 Ranch consistantly has the best prices I've seen, as a general rule. I go to the one at Victory and Sepulveda in SFV. The last I saw was $9+.

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        Mattapoisett in LA May 14, 2009 11:06 AM

        But remember with 99 Ranch, you get BIG lobsters, 4-8 lbs on average. The smallest I've found there was 3 lbs. As long as you have a set up which can cook it [i.e. a big Tamale pot] and you don't over cook, it is a good way to go.

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          TomSwift May 14, 2009 11:57 AM

          Very true, Patrick. I use a huge stockpot I got at the old Fedco years ago. At this time of year the bugs are molting, I think, and the larger ones may have spare room in the shell. The BIG ones do make for an impressive presentation. Maybe this weekend...

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        jacinthe May 14, 2009 12:36 PM

        Saw lobster at Santa Monica Seafood for $9.99/lb this past weekend.

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        bite bite May 14, 2009 11:29 AM

        Thanks. That's great to know. Have to get a bunch -- so every little bit helps. Will be sure to bring our massive old stock-pot to our friend's party. Or maybe try grilling it? Hmm. Never tried that before...

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          ciaochow May 14, 2009 11:33 AM

          Picked up some lobsters (1-1.5 pounders) for Mother's day from Bristol Farms in South pasadena for $9.99/pound.

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            FranklinJefferson May 14, 2009 12:40 PM

            Just saw them at Ralph's (of all places) for $9.99 - w/ Club Card. Looked to be in the 1 1/2 - 2lb. range.

            1. hppzz May 14, 2009 02:17 PM

              We bought frozen lobster tails for 4.99 at ABC supermarket in OC...but I would check the Asian Groceries near you. We made grilled lobster tails and it was just as delicious as fresh!!! Can't beat it when it's 4.99 a lb!!

              http://ravenouscouple.blogspot.com/20...

              HP

              1. monku May 14, 2009 02:30 PM

                Last week Ranch 99 in San Gabriel had larger lobsters for $5.98/lb.

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