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Feb 1, 2013 10:37 AM

Live Lobsters

Where in the Twin Cities can you buy good live lobsters?

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  1. Dragon Star and Shuang Her Market.

    1. Coast Seafood in St. Paul has a tank.

      1. $3.89 a pound at Dragon Star

        1. How's the quality of the lobsters from Dragon Star & Shuang Hur. The water at Coastal is clear. At Shuang Hur and Dragon Star I've seen tanks full of brown water and the whole store smells like old seafood. Does brown color indicate lower quality water? If so, does it effect the lobster when you start eating?

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          1. re: JimGrinsfelder

            I would like to know also. The normal price there is around $10/lb. I think water quality would make a difference. As far as the smell I have smelled that at almost every grocery that deals in that much seafood.

            1. re: JimGrinsfelder

              Yeah the smell is will always be there when dealing with that much seafood. The tanks at Coastal are no cleaner. As always when dealing with seafood if you have any apprehension you can always buy frozen. My advice is to go on a Sunday morning and get your face down in there and look and smell for yourself. I've never heard of anyone dying from eating seafood from either establishment.

              1. re: JimGrinsfelder

                I've gotten lobsters from Dragon Star on a number of occasions and they've always been fine, though I'd recommend going on days when they get fresh deliveries. They're usually closer to $7/lb, but sometimes they'll have some marked down if they've lost a claw, etc.

                They are farmed lobsters and in my opinion not as good as something you'll get fresh from Maine.... but that's the price for living in the Midwest.