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Maine Lobster Glut reaching Bay Area?

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gumbolox Jul 30, 2012 11:40 AM

Been reading about abundant lobsters and plummeting prices in Maine. Anyone know if this bounty has reached the Bay Area in the form of lobster specials at restaurants or seafood markets? Not in the habit of seeking out non local seafood, but the news has created a craving and my east coast ex pat wife's birthday is coming up!

  1. Robert Lauriston Jul 30, 2012 01:48 PM

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/851216

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      hyperbowler Jul 30, 2012 12:18 PM

      Lobster Yee Mein at New Gold Medal in Oakland was $15.95 last week

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        gumbolox Jul 30, 2012 12:52 PM

        Thanks for the tip, hb. What we're looking for in a restaurant lobster, though, is a simple New England steamed preparation of a live Maine lobster at a price and freshness that reflects the current surplus. Haven't seen any notice of specials at the usual suspects (Woodhouse, Lobster Shack, Yankee Pier, etc). Will check the availability of live at the Monterey Fish Market next time I'm in the East Bay. The big crowded tanks and reported extra large size lobsters at Ranch 99 don't particularly appeal to me, but maybe I should rethink that.

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          hyperbowler Jul 30, 2012 01:18 PM

          Gotcha. I was at Old Port Lobster Shack in Redwood City last week and no specials jumped out at me. I could have missed them though ...

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            mike62 Jul 30, 2012 01:40 PM

            Wouldn't count on seeing any price drop. From what I heard the lobsters are the soft shell variety and they do not ship well. I guess you might see a drop in lobster meat prices but not on whole lobsters.

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              ML8000 Jul 30, 2012 02:19 PM

              Logistically the lobsters have to be flown from the East Coast to the West Coast, I think that would kill any big price break.

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                Robert Lauriston Jul 30, 2012 04:29 PM

                The NY Times reported the other day that wholesale prices have dropped from $3.80-4.00 a pound this time last year to $1.35-1.95 last week. If retail prices haven't dropped, somebody's making more money.

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                  ML8000 Jul 30, 2012 06:12 PM

                  But does the lower wholesale price include air transportation? I could see some discounts but I don't we'll see anything like the East Coast or the first week in December during crab season in NorCal. OTOH, maybe there will be a price drop in CA. That would be nice.

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