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Seafood market in SF for live lobsters?

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Java Apr 7, 2010 12:02 AM

A friend of mine is visiting town for his birthday and asked if I would him cook lobster. Yes, a strange request in SF in April, but I'm trying to honor his wish. Does anyone have idea about where I can find live lobsters this time of year? And will they be any good?

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    foodie327 Apr 12, 2010 01:16 PM

    New England Lobster
    170 Mitchell Ave.
    South San Francisco, CA 94080
    Ph: 650.873.9000

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    New England Lobster
    170 Mitchell Ave S, San Francisco, CA

    1. Cynsa Apr 12, 2010 07:14 AM

      not in SF: Manila Oriental Market in Daly City had live lobsters in the tank for $6.99/lb.

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      Manila Oriental Market
      4175 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112

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        DavidT Apr 7, 2010 08:38 AM

        There are a couple of Chinese fish/seafood markets on Clement Street that might have live lobsters available. One is around 4th or 5th Avenue and the other is between 9th & 10th Avenues. They are both on the south side of the street.

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          SteveG Apr 8, 2010 01:16 AM

          Specifically, I've seen them at New May Wah, and I'm sure I paid less than $9 a pound. I've also bought them at the seafood and butcher counter shop 1 block east of New May Wah; on the left is seafood, on the right are land animals. Nothing else.

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          New May Wah
          719 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

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            Melanie Wong Apr 8, 2010 01:46 AM

            That would be Seafood Center. That's where I purchased the last lobster I cooked.

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            Seafood Center
            831 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

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              SteveG Apr 8, 2010 01:12 PM

              Yep, that's the one. We bought our pair there, and then later that weekend we saw lobsters at New May Wah for the exact same price in much cleaner tanks. However, I must say that the grudging admiration we got from the guy at Seafood Center for picking the biggest feistiest lobster and refusing the others he was "accidentally" hooking was priceless.

              I've also bought spot prawns at Seafood Center that turned out really well, but haven't been keeping an eye out for them yet this year.

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              New May Wah
              719 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

              Seafood Center
              831 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

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                sfbing Apr 8, 2010 01:36 PM

                Actually, I think the place you're describing is Wing Hing. Seafood Center only sells seafood.

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                Seafood Center
                831 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

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                  SteveG Apr 8, 2010 03:18 PM

                  You're right, Seafood Center is a block west of New May Wah, and I have bought at Wing Hing Seafood Market. Moral of the story: lots of live lobster can be found on Clement in a 2 block strip. Compare prices, cleanliness, and liveliness before purchase.

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                  New May Wah
                  719 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

                  Seafood Center
                  831 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

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                    sfbing Apr 8, 2010 04:57 PM

                    This is true--although, for me anyway, Seafood Center usually wins for cleanliness and liveliness of the three places. Their selection is smaller, but that just means less dreck to wade through.

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                    Seafood Center
                    831 Clement St, San Francisco, CA

        2. Shane Greenwood Apr 7, 2010 07:51 AM

          You could check with Old Port Lobster Shack in Redwood City. They fly in fresh Maine lobsters. It is a restaurant, but I believe you can buy them live to take home.

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          Old Port Lobster Shack
          851 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063

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            Alan C Apr 7, 2010 08:37 AM

            Last Friday, I bought 2 excellent live lobstgers, 1 1/2 pounds each at Sun Fat seafood on Mission between 22nd and 23rd -- the shells were well-filled with meat. They also have tanks of crabs and other shellfish.

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              bex109 Apr 7, 2010 06:32 PM

              2nd Sun Fat Seafood. They also have great prices. Last time I went, I bough great lobsters for $9/lb

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                chuckl Apr 8, 2010 09:46 AM

                Sun Fat is the bomb. Everything I've bought there has been impeccably fresh, delicious and reasonably priced. Plus they're very friendly

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                  Java Apr 11, 2010 02:33 PM

                  Thanks to all of you for your help. I decided to try Sun Fat....and bing, bing, bing...big winner. Clean, friendly service...and most important, fresh, delicious live lobsters!

                  I bought two 1 1/2 lb. lobsters, steamed them up...and they were flavorful, succulent, and well-filled with meat...and even had delicious tomalley. I am so happy to find such great seafood in the Mission and will be back!

                  My friend and I were in heaven as we enjoyed them with champagne, plus noodles with olive oil, garlic and shallots.

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