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Spiny Lobsters season opens Oct 6th...your fave places to go?

Love love love me a fresh grilled spiny lobsters with fresh flour tortillas and homemade beans and rice..double ramikins of melted butter..
I've been to Rimel's in LJ, which does a great job of presentation.
Where do you get your spiny lobster fix?

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  1. There is two or three places that do it well in Porto Nuevo (baja), it is worth the 30 to 40 min drive. It is just a little south of Rosarita.

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    1. re: dmtuggle

      Puerto Nuevo doesn't count dmtuggle....it used to be worth the drive back in the days.
      San Diego places only..what you've got for me?
      : )

      1. re: Beach Chick

        My place, I can see the first lobster traps of the season from my front window. (purchase them at El Pescador)

        1. re: foodiechick

          I can't get them live since I cry like a baby when they go in the hot pot..
          I'm a mess and its just too too much for me!

          Can you see Russia from your house too?

            1. re: Beach Chick

              Isn't that why go married to Mr. BC, to do the 'bad thing'? Betcha enjoy those suckers in drawn butta!

          1. re: Beach Chick

            Sorry Beach Chick, the only other place I go is to my brother Dan's house.....he is a free driver. He gets the Lobster and I make the tortillas (with lard of course..lol)and refried beans. This is high holy season in our family.

            1. re: dmtuggle

              I'd like to be part of the families 'holy' season..I'll bring the Carta Blanca's..
              If he's a 'free driver' can he come and pick me up...hee hee

        2. On a serious note - I do buy fresh caught lobster during the season at El Pescador, I have them clean, cook and split them. Bring to room temp then quickly pan fry in a well buttered skillet.

          IMHO Rimels does the best job with their simple presentation, but Georges and Nine-Ten have done some interesting specials in the past using local spiny lobster.

          As much as I love some of the "old school" lobster houses in Puerto Nuevo, many of the original families/fisherman that owned them years ago have sold them and moved on. Unfortunately, much of the lobster that is sold in PV in now frozen/defrosted from New Zealand.

          In that mindset, did anybody else read that disturbing article in the SD Union about most apples used in autumnal products in Julian not being from Julian at all? Sad.

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          1. re: foodiechick

            I agree, El Pescador has the best and freshest. I just boil them, crack them open and go, not even butter needed.

            1. re: foodiechick

              I saw that article FC, quite a bummer but I guess inevitable at the current scale when you see Julian Apple Pies in most markets down here.
              We also stopped going to Puerto Nuevo....once the prices escalated with the lobster quality diminshing we lost our excitement. The mess in Baja kind of sealed it for us.

              I am very interested in picking up some pre-cleaned fresh lobsters...how is the price at El Pescador?

              1. re: foodiechick

                I also saw the UT story about Julian apples. At least when you go to a winery, It says on the label where the grapes are from, you would think an apple pie would do the same. It kinda ruins the ambience of the pie. We have gotten our lobsters at FHVC or Seaside in Cardiff. We bring 'em up to temp on the outside grill. That bit 'o char on the lobster (without overcooking it) really brings out the flavor. However I am waiting for Dungy season to open up!

                1. re: littlestevie

                  No sympathy, but a little melted butter.

              2. I have never been but I guess Ortega's in Hillcrest (www.ortegasbistro.com) is related to the Puerto Nuevo family. They have lobster PV style along with other stuff.

                1. Opening Day of the Spiny Lobsters...wooooo hoooooo!

                  1. I was hoping to get some more ideas of places to buy local lobster already cleaned....anyone?

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                      1. re: Beach Chick

                        I live right near there, didn't expect that they would clean them. I will call and ask them, thanks for the idea!

                        1. re: MrKrispy

                          Keep us posted MrKrispy...don't know if they do, but for people like me who can't bear to put lobsters in a hot pot of boiling water, they would make a killing..no pun intended.

                          1. re: MrKrispy

                            Mr. K, not much to clean, boil water in a large pot, add some spices if you wish and drop'em in. BC can close her eyes when you drop'em!

                            1. re: cstr

                              I am with her, I don't have the stomach to drop something living in to a pot of boiling water. Barbaric but oh so tasty.

                              1. re: MrKrispy

                                I will gladly give out blind folds and drop your bugs though, one might be missing.

                                1. re: MrKrispy

                                  MrKrispy,
                                  You can put the little guys in the water at room temp and raise the heat slowly and they will never know what hit them (sleepy time)and you don't have to feel too bad.

                                  1. re: dmtuggle

                                    I understand you can do that with frogs as well. They'll believe you've made a spa for them. At least for a while.

                                    1. re: Fake Name

                                      There is a humane way to prep lobsters for the boil, place them in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes, this slows their metabolism and kinda relaxes them.

                                      1. re: cstr

                                        You should see the movie "Teenager from Outer Space" and then you will realize that lobsters deserve no sympathy.

                                        1. re: littlestevie

                                          Just wanted to help Fakey not have lobster nightmares after that fab lobster dinner.

                                        2. re: cstr

                                          Here's an obscure Austrian technique to help the squeemish...

                                          First build the contraption shown in the attached illustration, then:

                                          * replace cat with live lobster
                                          * wait a moment and your lobster, even though dead, will also be alive! There's no guilt, right, if it's still alive?
                                          * note: one must be careful to prepare the lobster without "observing" it... (Less the wave equation collapse like a failed souffle...)

                                          There you have it, "Lobster a la Schrodinger"! :-)

                                           
                                          1. re: cgfan

                                            How about pairing up the lobster with the cat?

                                            1. re: cstr

                                              Yikes cstr, talk about Surf & Turf!

                                2. re: MrKrispy

                                  Krispy...did you call...dinner at your house this weekend?

                                  1. re: Beach Chick

                                    Hi Sorry, I tried to post on my iPhone this weekend but the Chowhound mobile site is a disaster. I called twice and they weren't selling lobsters at the time. I will keep trying!

                            2. I was down at Catalina Offshore yesterday- the season thus far has been terrible.

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                              1. re: Fake Name

                                I was at Rimels this weekend and they didn't have lobster either.

                                1. re: eightyhertz

                                  I called Rimel's since I don't ever remember not having local lobsters...they stated since it was such a cold summer and the water was freezing most of the summer that the lobsters didn't grow very much so they have very little inventory..
                                  They'll get in a couple tomorrow morning to cook up around 2 pounds served with beans, rice and tortillas for around $39 per lobster..

                                  1. re: Beach Chick

                                    Word is the Chinese will buy all the lobster they can get- and pay the transportation costs- for $35/lb. Yes, it sounds like a conspiracy theory. But why would anyone sell lobster for $12 when they can get $35 in wholesale batches?

                                    1. re: Fake Name

                                      Which ironically sounds like the exact opposite of buying an iPhone from China.

                                      1. re: DougOLis

                                        It was mentioned in the UT a while back, and based on the lack of lobster dinners turning it up it likely is true or prices simply jumped because of the lack of lobsters this year.

                              2. Our fave way with spiny lobstahs? Point Loma seafood. Buy them live. Cook them here, broiled to perfection, served wtih unsalted butter, or...
                                spiny lobstah tacos!

                                Life is good.

                                1. ANNIE

                                  Alvy, now don't panic. Please.

                                  ALVY

                                  Look, I told you it was a ... mistake to ever bring a live thing in the house.

                                  ANNIE

                                  Stop it! Don't ... don't do that! There.

                                  The lobsters continue to crawl on the floor. Annie, bolding out a wooden paddle, tries to shove them onto it.

                                  ALVY

                                  Well, maybe we should just call the police. Dial nine-one-one, it's the lobster squad.

                                  ANNIE

                                  Come on, Alvy, they're only baby ones, for God's sake.

                                  ALVY

                                  If they're only babies, then you pick 'em up.

                                  ANNIE

                                  Oh, all right. All right! It's all right. Here.

                                  She drops the paddle and picks up one of the lobsters by the tail. Laughing, she shoves it at Alvy who jerks backward, squeamishly.

                                  ALVY

                                  Don't give it to me. Don't!

                                  ANNIE

                                  [Hysterically] Oooh! Here! Here!

                                  ALVY

                                  [Pointing] Look! Look, one crawled behind the refrigerator. It'll turn up in our bed at night. [They move over to the refrigerator; Alvy moves as close to the wall as possible as Annie, covering her mouth and laughing hysterically, teasingly dangles a lobster in front of him] Will you get outta here with that thing? Jesus!

                                  ANNIE

                                  [Laughing, to the lobster] Get him!

                                  ALVY

                                  [Laughing] Talk to him. You speak shellfish! [He moves over to the stove and takes the lid of a large steamer filled with boiling water] Hey, look ... put it in the pot.

                                  ANNIE

                                  [Laughing] I can't! I can't put him in the pot. I can't put a live thing in hot water.

                                  ALVY

                                  [Overlapping] Gimme! Gimme! Let me do it! What - what's he think we're gonna do, take him to the movies?