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Feb 26, 2011 09:09 PM

where can i find puerto nuevo style lobster?

I used to love going down to Puerto Nuevo for their lobsters, back in the day. The combination of home made spicy hot pico de gallo, hand made flour tortillas (no masa), rice, beans and that pan-fried in lard split lobster just was so addicting. Now I have a craving, but don't really want to make the drive down there. Anyone have a local substitute they can recommend?

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  1. Great question. I would love to know if there's anywhere in LA where you can get a large platter of these?

    1. You might just try (and please, keep your expectations in low gear at all times): and see what you think... Locations:

      1. Was just thinking about this same question the other day. I noticed that Villa Sombrero in Highland Park had lobster on the menu, which would probably be served as you're describing. The waiter insisted it was fresh, but I couldn't get myself to order it, esp. since it was so cheap, around $13.00 as I remember. Have no idea if it was spiny or Atlantic lobster, but maybe worth a look.

        Villa Sombrero
        6101 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

        1. Coyote Grill in Laguna Beach does it very well.

          Coyote Grill
          31621 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

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          1. re: johnglowacki

            Gave them a call & they currently don't serve the spiny lobster meals (since the season ended March 16). But the last market price was very fair at $39 for a 1.5 lb. lobster served Puerto Nuevo style, with rice, beans, tortillas & salsa.
            I think Coyote Grill has some real potential...not really close, but much closer than PN. I'll give them a try in the fall, when the spiny lobster season begins.

            Coyote Grill
            31621 Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

            1. re: calabasaschow

              Yes, they only serve them in season. Also in season, further north on PCH in Newport Beach you can find them for sale live at Pearson's Port. It is a little hard to find but they are fresh. The good folks who work there will split them and clean them for you if you like and you can grill them up yourself if you prefer.

              Pearson's Port
              100 E Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA

          2. Hi All... I just saw Anthony Bourdain's trip to Baja...brought back many memories, especially good ones of PN of my ALL TIME fave meals. I live in the Agoura Hills area...any updates on locations that may serve this insanely delicious meal ....hopefully similar to authentic PN style