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Nov 3, 2009 05:27 PM

Lobster, out of the shell

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.