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Lobster, out of the shell

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I know this is a bland request, but I'm having a brain cramp... I have a friend in town who wants lobster, but is not excited about the whole shelling thing.

I know any of the steakhouses will de-shell it, but are there suggestions for somewhere more interesting? Unfortunately, I'm not a seafood fan, so Neptune/B&G are lost on me. Other suggestions? Chinatown/ethnic suggestions are ok, dives are ok., but he might be looking for the more "lobster" experience.

Downtown/South End/Back Bay/North End are probably best. Thank you!

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  1. that's sometimes called lazyman's lobster, where all the claws and such are cracked so you just need to pick out the meat. most better places, from hammersley's to clio, will have some sort of lobster on the menu, not in the shell. they can, however, be spendy.

    not sure what you mean by "lobster experience", but places like legal's do a perfectly serviceable steamed lobster and the staff will give your friend some shelling guidance. it's not hard, but can be messy. or fun, depends on your friend, lol.

    1. Interestingly enough lazyman's lobster seems to have pretty much disappeared from most menus. Amrheins in South Boston had it on as a special most of last winter and their version is pretty good. It seems as though most restaurants have made the switch to lobster mac and cheese. Maybe a nice lobster fradiavolo in the North End would be a good choice?

      Amrheins Restaurant
      80 W Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

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      1. re: Pegmeister

        op could also request the kitchen crack the lobster for them. lots of servers can't do it quickly enough, but a line cook will do it in flash.

      2. I haven't had it so I can't directly confirm, but Summer Shack has a pan-roasted lobster that I expect would be served "open." Worth calling.

        Summer Shack
        310 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

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        1. re: dtremit

          The SS pan-roasted lobster is still almost as much work as a "regular" lobster. Not sure if they will otherwise serve lobster lazy-style.

        2. What about the lobster Savannah at Locke-Ober?

          3 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108

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          1. re: Science Chick

            Abe and Louie's also has a couple of "out of the shell" lobster preparations.

          2. I serve at Legal's, and we are often asked to de-shellify the lobsters for our guests. And we do, tableside.

            1. There's an article in this weeks Boston Phoenix: Jade Garden Seafood Restaurant.


              1. What about getting a hot lobster roll? Not fancy, but easy to eat and tasty.

                1. Thanks for the suggestions. We ended up at Grill 23 (I know I was looking for alternatives to the steakhouse, but I couldn't get him to go for the Chinatown option--he wanted the whole dipping it in butter thing). The meal was very good, if pricey, and the room is indeed deafening. I've sat upstairs in the past, so I always thought those comments were exaggerated. Nope, it's loud. Also, there was a lot of salt. I happen to love salt so it wasn't a problem, but I noticed the butter with the bread basket was quite salty, the mushrooms were salty, even the crust on my (really tasty) dry aged steak was salty. The "truffle tots," though, were not. They also weren't all that truffle-ish, and didn't really work for me.

                  Anyway, I hadn't been there in years, and probably won't be back for awhile, but I enjoyed it. Thank you for the other suggestions--I'll keep them in mind for the next visitor who just has to have lobster.

                  Grill 23 & Bar
                  161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                  1. re: cmd

                    Go to Belle Isle Seafood (on the bridge crossing over to Winthrop) - get a couple of lobster rolls, no mayo, and take it to a nearby park and eat it at a picnic table..

                    Belle Isle Seafood
                    1267 Saratoga St, Boston, MA 02128

                    1. re: grant.cook

                      I believe the OP said he is not a seafood fan and was looking for something they could BOTH eat. AAR, looks like they ended up having a good time at Grill 23.

                      Grill 23 & Bar
                      161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116