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lobster recommendations please

tweetie Jul 9, 2009 06:40 AM

We've got friends coming from CA and they want lobster. Not being a fan I haven't got a clue where to take them. To quote them, they don't mind paper plates and rustic settings (Woodman's, No Name?). Help me direct them to a good experience. Thanks.

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  1. fmcoxe6188 RE: tweetie Jul 9, 2009 06:46 AM

    Personally I would stay far away from No Name- I was incredibly unimpressed (and thats the nice pg way of putting it) when I was there. Close by though you have The James Hook which will definitely satisfy the "paper plates" section- and they have some very nice lobster rolls etc. I ASSUME that they would serve you a steamed lobster as well- but that should probably be verified.

    Thats the only paper plate place coming to mind in Boston proper....though there are many more upscale places- Neptune Oyster for example...

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      mwk RE: tweetie Jul 9, 2009 06:57 AM

      If it has to be in Boston proper, Yankee Lobster in South Boston near the Pavillion, is good.


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        tweetie RE: mwk Jul 9, 2009 07:08 AM

        Thanks for getting this thread on lobster rolling (sorry, I couldn't resist). They are renting a car so it doen't have to be in Boston.

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          markin617 RE: mwk Jul 9, 2009 08:20 AM

          Does Yankee Lobster prepare them for you and have a place to sit and eat them? Indoors or outdoors or both? In other words, are they a restuarant in addition to a market?

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            sidecar RE: markin617 Jul 9, 2009 09:47 AM

            Yankee will most definitely prepare and serve you their lobster (plus a host of other fish). Ample outdoor seating, somewhat less indoor. Beer and wine to boot.

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              markin617 RE: sidecar Jul 9, 2009 10:54 AM

              Thanks, sidecar.

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          Gabatta RE: tweetie Jul 9, 2009 07:15 AM

          If a drive is OK (1 hr), I would take them to the Lobster Pool in Rockport, good food, great setting, BYO and a nice area to explore.

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            makiman RE: Gabatta Jul 9, 2009 07:51 AM

            yep. LIke the lobster pool. I also like the causeway (gloucester). Their lobster casserole entree (19.99) is a good value. The lobster pool has a nicer location.


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            lowbuckbob RE: tweetie Jul 9, 2009 07:53 AM

            Twins at the Mt. Vernon in Somerville.

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              joebloe RE: lowbuckbob Jul 9, 2009 08:06 AM

              Basil Cafe on Route 138 in Stoughton-3 hardshell lobsters any style for $23.95.

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                content RE: lowbuckbob Jul 11, 2009 07:04 AM

                Currently $11.99 on Monday - Wednesday.

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                  hlerm2 RE: content Jul 12, 2009 03:39 PM

                  Where are the 11.99 lobsters thanks

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                    content RE: hlerm2 Jul 15, 2009 08:40 PM

                    Mt. Vernon in Somerville

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                  djd RE: lowbuckbob Jul 12, 2009 08:53 AM

                  Wait a sec. The Mt. Vernon is good? I assumed the lobsters there would be... well, like ordering them at Charlie's. (Which a friend once did for the hell of it, but boy does that tank creep me out.)

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                    content RE: djd Jul 15, 2009 08:41 PM

                    Just your basic boiled lobsters. Their tanks aren't visible from the dining area.

                3. hotoynoodle RE: tweetie Jul 9, 2009 08:48 AM

                  skip woodman's. they pre-steam and then reheat them when your order them -- for $16/ lb.

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                    salemmass RE: tweetie Jul 12, 2009 05:29 AM

                    Another Lobster Pool Vote. Lobster should be eaten outside with a view of the ocean on a picnic table. Bring a few beers or a bottle of wine. If it is raining, however, inside is best. Then I would recommend Mt. Vernon for close to Boston, or if you come to Cape Ann either Seaport Grille in Gloucester (usually around $20 for twin lobsters with sides), Topsider ($13.99 for lobster dinner) or the Causeway. Causeway has the longest wait though.

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                      rlh RE: salemmass Jul 12, 2009 08:44 AM

                      Definitely Lobster Pool for the total experience - never disappoints as long as it's nice enough to sit outside and enjoy the view over to Crane's Beach. Much more locally, Summer Shack at Alewife is always good, but comes at a premium price.

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