Fresh Lobster in YYC? Price vs. Quality?
Doing lobster for Valentines. I've gotten medium sized fresh ones at North Sea Fish in Crowfoot before for about $30 a critter.
Is a place like StupidStore or T&T going to be that much cheaper? Has anyone noticed a difference in quality between a seafood specific shop and a general grocery store?
Bought some at Sobey's Shawnessey and they were surprisingly sweet with full claws, a sign that they haven't spent too much time in a pound. $13 per pound.
Generally they are cheaper at Superstore and T & T, but not always. Also, Superstore and T & T usually have good turnover.
That said, quality will vary anywhere unless the green soon-to-be red guys are shipped soon after capture.
Sobeys has a deal on for Valentine's: Live lobster for $9.99/lb. I often buy from them when there's a sale; Larry (the seafood guy at Coventry location) tells me they get the lobster from Billingsgate, and truthfully I have yet to be disappointed. My two lobsters came in at $28 yesterday and were tender, sweet, and the claws full.
On that note, I bought a live lobster the other day from Stupid Store, and it was exactly opposite. The meat in the claws was minuscule and the shell was surprisingly soft to the point I could crack it with my hands w/o injury. Won't be going back to SS for lobster. There was something hinky about that critter...
I've bought other things before from Boyd's on 14th St and never a problem. They seem to have a nice selection of lobsters all the time.