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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): http://rockinbaja.com/ and see what you think... Locations: http://rockinbaja.com/p-5485-select-a...

      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 Lobster...one 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

            1. Ricky's had this on special for like a week



              1. I know there is a big division among the CH peeps on suggesting cooking your own but if you have any skills around the grill it is really easy make your own
                PN style lobster. I spent many a days down in Baja surfing and consuming
                grilled lobster back in the 80's...

                If you want it that bad just make it yourself and wash it down with a Clamato and beer for OG points...

                  1. I have to go to SD (Rimel's Rotisserie) to get mine PN style (see pic). King's Fish House *may* have it, but dunno if it's PN style.

                    1. Coni'Seafood does it by request.

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                      1. re: chrishei

                        Thanks for all the info everyone...Where is that?

                        1. re: paulanthony

                          Inglewood. If the CH search was more functional, I'd recommended looking for the threads about it. Here's the restaurant's website: http://www.coniseafood.com/

                      2. Portsmouth in Whitter does it every Sunday. They also have an amazing oyster bar to boot.

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                          1. re: attran99

                            Just note: Portsmouth's Puerto Nuevo Lobster is for Sunday Brunch only. Sometimes they will have it available that evening but they frequently sell out earlier so call.

                            1. re: attran99

                              what the hell kind of restaurant is Portsmouth? They seem to serve everything from every ethnicity. (Sheperds Pie on the same menu as Puerto Nuevo lobster??)

                              1. re: ns1

                                I thought it was a little weird too but we really enjoyed the different items they have served....stuff like bbq oysters (oysters and pork belly...what a combo), aguachile tostada, kale and octopus salad with kimchi....the oysters are spot on too....and Puerto Nuevo style lobster on Sundays....nice little selection of wine and beer....not cheap though.

                            2. Yeah. Everything suggested here is a pale imitation.

                              Black beans? Seriously?

                              That is one dish for which you have to make the drive. And even then, it's not the same as back in the day, as the local lobsters there are fished out. :-(

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                              1. re: jesstifer

                                And even then, it's not the same as back in the day, as the local lobsters there are fished out. :-(
                                then I guess everything suggested and not would be a pale imitation =P

                                1. re: ns1

                                  Allow me to 'splain.

                                  Puerto Nuevo in 2014 is a pale imitation Puerto Nuevo in the 70s/80s. Then, you could order the "large" lobster without the waiter telling you "no large." Likewise the "medium."

                                  "Only small."

                                  But last I checked, you can still get "Puerto Nuevo" style lobster in Puerto Nuevo. (though not for much longer, I fear.)

                                  Anything in SoCal right now is pale imitation of even today's Puerto Nuevo; much less "back in the day" Puerto Nuevo.

                                  1. re: jesstifer

                                    understood, quite unfortunate.

                                    Can someone explain to me how you pan fry a lobster in lard? Like, if I wanted to make a pale imitation of this dish at home?

                                    1. re: jesstifer

                                      we can only hope that our lobster experiences a resurgence like it did in New England and Canada dropping it to record low prices last few years. Seeing a Nat Geo show on deadspots I'm not super optimistic.

                                      1. re: jessejames

                                        So sadly it seams like finding true authentic PN lobster is going to be more of a challenge than I thought! Even if we drive to baja...:( Glad we got it when we did back in the day

                                        1. re: paulanthony

                                          Actually, the menu at Ortega's looks and sounds about right!

                                          1. re: paulanthony

                                            it wasn't cheap but I had a grilled 3.5 lb spiny lobster at the lobster on santa monica pier about a year ago and it was incredible.

                                              1. re: paulanthony

                                                nope, just a spiny lobster, you pick the sides. We'll split and grilled with melted butter.