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Jun 14, 2009 11:17 PM

Lobster rolls

Here's the thing: we went to Maine last summer and gorged ourselves on lobster rolls from Red's Eats.

Now we want lobster rolls, only preferably without the 5 hour plane trip. Anyone know where to get one in Austin?

I see that Perla's has them on the menu. Are they worth the $25? There's a place called Joe's Bar and Grill that has a lobster roll with "parts" for $8.95. Sounds a little iffy. Others?

(Now if we can find someone on the side of the road selling pints of wild blueberries... mmmm...)

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    1. re: sqwertz

      Nope, just Google and a lot of sifting. A lot.

    2. Don't know if they still do it, but the seafood "restaurant" in the Whole Foods at 5th used to have wonderful lobster rolls. They used to have them already made, and then later you had to ask for one and they'd make it for you. They also used to let you order a half sandwich. That place has gotten so crowded on the weekend with the condo dwellers (what a rude batch of people as a whole...), we just don't go anymore.

      1. Order some from They are based in York, Maine and they make fabulous lobster rolls. They send it to you in no more than like 2 days with dry ice to keep the lobster meat frozen. They also send you the rolls to put them in. I toasted the roll on our griddle and melted a little bit of butter on it and then put the lobster meat in, (cold, of course), and squeezed a lemon wedge on it. It was divine tasting!!! -in my opinion:) I really think you should order some.

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        1. re: nyc_girl13

          Hmm, thanks nyc_girl13 - that looks intriguing, but one pound of lobster meat for $109 sounds like something I would be better off making myself! Anyone know if you can get the New England style hot dog buns in town anywhere? And where's the best place to get live lobster?

          1. re: addlepated

            Answering my own question about the buns - Central Market sells non-split hot dog buns ($2.89/8), so you can split them down the top, New England style. Still not sure where to buy lobster, but I'm looking around!

            1. re: addlepated

              I was reading the Manhattan board a couple of weeks ago and people were grousing about how lobster was overpriced at $9 a pound. Quality Seafood and CM were charging twice that last time I checked. Let me know if you find a good source.

        2. man, am i homesick right about now...
          my relatives tell me that back east, lobster prices are at an all-time low.
          i see that the mail-order businesses and local sources haven't really adjusted for the market.

          i have not purchased any lobster while living here in austin, but i have seen live lobsters at fiesta.
          certainly, quality seafood would be better, um, quality, haha.
          other than that, maybe some of the asian seafood markets?

          good luck!

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          1. re: dinaofdoom

            Central Market on Westgate has lobster on sale for 12.99/lb today, down from their usual 17.99/lb.

            Other prices around town:

            Quality Seafood: 15.99/lb
            Fiesta: 14.99/lb
            MT Supermarket: 10.99/lb
            Whole Foods: does not sell live crustaceans, only dead ones.

            All claim to be Maine lobster. Last time we were in MT (week before last), the rotten seafood smell was so strong we couldn't get out of there quickly enough.

            Also. the HEB on Bee Cave Rd. has unsplit hot dog buns, 2.29/8 pack, but the buns are really squishy and seem pretty flimsy. Central Market has some for 2.99 that have more body to them.

            We have all our supplies and plan to gorge tonight!

            1. re: addlepated

              Great list - thanks or all the details!

              Yeah, I think that MT sets out certain things to get a little fermented or something. It isn't all of their products.....there was a bin of some sort of white fish product that was seemingly purposely smelly. Customers were buying it....

              1. re: addlepated

                The HEB in Westlake (360 & Bee Caves) has them for $11.99 right now. I work across the street so I'm in there a lot. I've seen them as low as $7.99/lb there. It pays to give them a call 329-5184 when shopping around.