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Larger lobsters for a good price?

TheWizard May 3, 2010 09:25 AM

I purchased a 1.1 lb lobster at Market Basket yesterday and boiled him for dinner to celebrate the Boil Water Order.
I would've preferred something closer to 2 lbs, but that's all that MB carries.

So where's a good place between Cambridge and Reading (or close by) where I kin buy larger lobsters at a decent price?

  1. C. Hamster May 3, 2010 11:48 AM

    You kin buy very large lobsters at BJ's if you are a member

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    1. re: C. Hamster
      Pegmeister May 3, 2010 04:02 PM

      I didn't know that Bj's had lobsters, of course I haven't been in awhile. I always go to Burkes. Do you think the new BJ's in Quincy has them? I'm going to have to check this out!!

      1. re: Pegmeister
        C. Hamster May 4, 2010 07:01 AM

        I've not been to the new Quincy store. We have been going to the one in Randolph. They had a lobster pound there that stocked large lobsters, some rather eerily prehistoric in size.

        I havent been paying attention much when I have been there lately. So I would call first, but I think it's still there.

        I have never been to Burkes. Or the one right by my house (wolfs?). Comments?

        1. re: C. Hamster
          Pegmeister May 4, 2010 09:17 AM

          I usually go to the Weymouth BJ's now that there is one in Quincy, I'll check it out soon. Haven't been to the store over your way as I'm pretty loyal to Burkes. I've never been disappointed with any of my purchases there.

        2. re: Pegmeister
          sinned61 May 4, 2010 08:12 AM

          I have NEVER seen Lobsters at BJ's EVER.

          1. re: sinned61
            okra May 4, 2010 08:16 AM

            I have, in Taunton

            1. re: okra
              Allstonian May 4, 2010 08:40 AM

              I have, too. I want to say in the Stoughton one - definitely saw some really big 'uns in a gigantic lobster tank in the middle of the floor, back in the food area.

              1. re: Allstonian
                C. Hamster May 4, 2010 10:49 AM

                Thats exactly what Im talking about!

                1. re: C. Hamster
                  sinned61 May 4, 2010 11:40 AM

                  that's strange, have never seen Live Lobsters in Medford or Stoneham BJ's??? I thoughr every store was the same?

                  Thanks for the clarification.....

          2. re: Pegmeister
            eLizard May 5, 2010 07:24 AM

            burke's really has excellent seafood. the shrimp are always top notch.

            1. re: eLizard
              OLDCHEF May 6, 2010 04:06 AM

              burkes seafood is top notch clean tanks can make a big differnce in the taste and quality of lobster i think i would go to a trusted fish monger before giving my money to giant superstore.

        3. ipsofatso May 3, 2010 11:58 AM

          Manchester Lobster Company, Exit 15 School St Exit

          Call first - they have jumbos and culls cheap.

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            Parsnipity May 3, 2010 02:48 PM

            No suggestions, just want to say this is the best response to the water ban I've heard of yet. I might have to join you in a Boil Party.

            1. mcel215 May 4, 2010 07:46 AM

              I've gotten a 2lb lobster at MB in Woburn last summer. If they have them, you have to get them early in the day though. I guess you could call around to check to see if the one in Reading has any large ones. I have always gotten friendly responses from MB.

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              1. re: mcel215
                TheWizard May 4, 2010 07:54 AM

                OK thanks.
                Either of those two MB stores would be good when I want to buy locally and not drive over toward the North Shore where they come from.
                I think I'll try asking whoever runs the seafood dept early in the week when it's not too busy how their lobster deliveries work.
                I take a day off work some weeks in the summer to work on the house so I can scheme for then...

                1. re: mcel215
                  Gio May 4, 2010 09:00 AM

                  Just to confirm: We have bought larger lobsters at the Reading MB. We simply ask for the largest.

                  1. re: Gio
                    TheWizard May 4, 2010 09:18 AM

                    Great, thanks.
                    I do recall SEEING some larger ones in the tank some time ago so clearly I just need to get the inside scoop from the guys that run the seafood dept...

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                  teezeetoo May 4, 2010 10:49 AM

                  yankee lobster is showing 2 - 5 pound lobsters at 8.99 a pound. that seems pretty good for right now.

                  1. dmullin699 May 5, 2010 08:22 PM

                    There is a place in Humarock that is amazing. I don't even know if it has a name, but Humarock is only about 1.5 miles all told.

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                      DeniseB May 6, 2010 12:54 AM

                      Try Court House Fish Market on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge near Lechmere T stop. Very good seafood - they always have lobsters and large ones too at good prices.

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                        mcc_228 May 21, 2010 02:43 PM

                        Yankee Lobster Company - Downtown Boston - 6.99lb for chickens and 7.99lb for lobsters up to 6lb+

                        Yankee Lobster
                        300 Northern Ave, Boston, MA

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