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May 3, 2010 09:25 AM

Larger lobsters for a good price?

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?

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

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    1. re: C. Hamster

      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

        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

          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

          I have NEVER seen Lobsters at BJ's EVER.

            1. re: okra

              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

                Thats exactly what Im talking about!

                1. re: C. Hamster

                  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.....

          1. re: Pegmeister

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

            1. re: eLizard

              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. Manchester Lobster Company, Exit 15 School St Exit

          Call first - they have jumbos and culls cheap.

          1. 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. 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

                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

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

                  1. re: Gio

                    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...

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