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Seafood market in SF for live lobsters?

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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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  1. 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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    1. re: Shane Greenwood

      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.

      1. re: Alan C

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

        1. re: bex109

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

          1. re: chuckl

            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.

    2. 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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      1. re: DavidT

        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

        1. re: SteveG

          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

          1. re: Melanie Wong

            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

            1. re: SteveG

              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

              1. re: sfbing

                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

                1. re: SteveG

                  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. 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

        1. 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