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Dec 6, 2011 10:39 AM

Seafood in Seattle this weekend/LOBSTER

Thanks to the posters for some great ideas on seafood. What I really need are suggestions for Lobster, either lobster rolls, reasonably priced lobster dinners and places to buy lobster for cooking at my daughter's place. We're staying in Kirkland, but have car and will travel. I'm from the midwest--good lobster will be a fantastic treat.


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  1. Uwajimaya almost always has a tank full of beautiful frisky specimens, but they'll be expensive. Most QFC locations have them as well. Central Market in Shoreline or Mill Creek will likely have them as well but you will need to mortgage the house. If you are willing to travel to Edmonds/Lynnwood, the best price will likely be at 99 Ranch, but they sometimes run out. Call first.

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    1. re: acgold7

      Central Market - I remember seeing them for about $11-$12/lb.

      For reasonably priced - Chinese restaurants like Top Gun and Koi's (both on the eastside) will cook you something around 3-4 lbs for about $10/lb (it's usually prominently advertised somewhere on the wall) during dinner hours. It's steamed with a savory broth (on top of noodles upon request).

    2. Tim's Seafood in Kirkland Parkplace sells delicious lobster tails. I'm sure he could get you the whole enchilada if you pre-ordered.

      1. 99 Ranch in Renton should be closer than the Lynnwood location. Their prices on live lobster are really hard to beat. (Spend some time on their meat isle to get additional dinner ideas for when you're here.)

        1. I can't believe no one has pointed this out yet, but lobsters don't live in our waters, so we get the same lobster shipped in that you also get in the midwest. You generally will not find lobster rolls here; the only lobster I ever see on restaurant menus is at the occasional Chinese restaurant. There are no reasonably priced lobster dinners.

          We have great local dungeness crab, clams, mussels, and other shellfish, but our lobsters come from Maine like everyone else's.

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          1. re: christy319

            My thought, exactly. Why not try the local seafood, particularly dungeness crab in the fall/winter, and maybe geoduck.

            1. re: GH1618

              Good idea!

              As much as I like lobster, I always get a chuckle when I recall the history of lobster and how it was served frequently to prisoners in the Massachusetts prison system in the 17th and 18th century. Prisoners rioted and called it "cruel and unusual punishment", forcing a law to be passed that it could only be served up to 2 times a week.

              1. re: HungWeiLo

                Nice info, did not know that!

                If lobster is a must, then the lobster roll sliders are pretty dang tasty!

                1. re: bluedog67

                  I forgot to note that the sliders of delight are at Franks Oyster House!

          2. Many thanks for your suggestions. I'll report back.