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May 26, 2010 03:16 PM

Lobster for home cooking in South OC??

Our son's 30th birthday is this Sunday and I know he'd love some fresh grilled lobster for dinner. We live in San Clemente, so distance is a factor. I'm thinking 99 Ranch, in Irvine, (Walnut is closest). Is that a decent choice? Where else would be better but still in the same price range?? Is it worth the extra time and gas to go to somewhere in Garden Grove? TIA

99 Ranch
17713 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA

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  1. I think 99 Ranch is a decent choice. The last time I looked a few weeks ago, prices were $9.99 / lb

    I don't know that the lobsters are any livelier or fresher-off-the-plane-from-Maine if you go to another Asian supermarket. Even if the price were a couple dollars cheaper per pound, you'd be burning the savings off in gas to get to Garden Grove. They would have to be some really fresh, ornery lobsters to get me to drive to GG because I live walking distance from the Jeffrey 99 Ranch

    1. FYI, Gelson's has them on special starting today for $9.99. There's one in Dana Point and the service people are very helpful.

      1. There is an Asian supermarket just off the 405 at Beach. Cross streets are Beach & McFadden. Last week, live lobsters were $7.99 a pound. Is it worth $2 a pound to drive up the 405?

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        1. re: janetms383

          That's Sieu Thi Thuan Phat, which is the Vietnamese translation of "Shun Fat Market", the SGV standby.

          1. re: Das Ubergeek

            Is that the name of the actual Market?

            1. re: janetms383

              It definitely has that name, but I think it might also have a sign calling it the Westminster Superstore.

        2. If you have a Gelsons nearby, they are on sale for $9.99 / lb. Call them ahead to order, they go fast when on sale. These are Atlantic lobsters too, had them before, very good.

          1. This past Sunday, Super H Market had live 1.25 lb. Maine lobsters for $5.99/lb. Try to select the females; their tales are larger, they taste sweeter and their carapaces (heads) are filled with delicious red roe in addition to the tomalley. Triple yum!

            I picked up three of them from the Diamond Bar location for $24. They were superb.

            Super H Market
            2600 Alton Pkwy
            Irvine, CA 92606
            (949) 833-0111
            Open 8am-10pm


            FYI, here’s a link to a CMN video on how to identify male versus female lobsters … enjoy!


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            1. re: degustateur

              Damn, I wish they had a market near me!!