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Lobster $4.99....

At Market Basket this morning. Just wanted to share. I went to Woburn and all sizes are that price too.

They had a 15lb one, but I said I'd pass, lol!


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  1. "We're gonna need a bigger lobster pot...."

    1. Got two of 'em yesterday, at McQuade's down in Jamestown, RI. Steamed, cooled, shelled, served with old-fashioned, Boston-style lobster sauce, braised celery, and Roederer Estate. That beat the heat!

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      1. re: trail 6

        what is "old-fashioned, Boston-style lobster sauce"? Grew up here, never heard of it. Thanks

        1. re: Fishegg

          Ground pork, black bean & garlic, a little soy, a little chicken stock, splash of sherry, green onion,...totally unlike what is called"lobster sauce" in my new home, in Florida.

          1. re: trail 6

            Ahh, like Chinese food lobster sauce??? Got it, I thought you meant like a cocktail/tarter sauce kind of condiment. Love lobster sauce, and you're right, nobody does it like the northeast.

            1. re: Fishegg

              AKA Cantonese as in Lobster Cantonese.

          1. re: Locutus

            Really? Where? I am heading up that way tomorrow, would love to pick a few up at that price.


            1. Here is an article that says it looks like the lobsters are going to stay affordable like last year good for the consumer tough on the fishermen.


              1. Bought a few at MB last weekend for a buck more per lb. Delicious hardshells packed with meat.

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                1. re: LStaff

                  I'm tomalley-green with envy.

                2. Gosh I paid the exorbitant price of $5.99 / lb. ;-) at the Woburn MB on 7/4. You must have got the after 4th of July price drop...

                  That said, I scored a beautiful 4 pounder for $24 bucks. Made a nice bowl of home made lobster salad.

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                  1. re: StriperGuy

                    Hi StriperGuy,

                    They had it handwritten over the $5.99 sign, so perhaps they got an extra large delivery. :)


                    1. re: mcel215

                      I want to know how you got that 4 pounder. Every time I ask, they never have anything over 1.5 lbs. Suggestions?

                        1. re: brieonwheat

                          Go first thing (we were there at 9:30am) on a day they get a delivery, and keep your fingers crossed. They have them some times, other times not, but they do sell out early cause the knowledgeable folks snap them all up. Try calling, they might hold a couple for you.

                          1. re: StriperGuy

                            Yeah - tried the early call on a delivery day and was unlucky, I guess. I go to both the Reading and the Woburn locations. I will keep trying...

                    2. Our Restaurant Depot has them regular priced @ $3.99/lb, sadly the daily shipment hadn't yet arrived when I made my last visit, so am jonesin'.

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                      1. re: gemini0660

                        Don't you have to buy about 15 lbs, though?

                        1. re: galleygirl

                          No, not at all. You can buy one 1lb lobster, if that is what you want. Anyone can join, all you need is a 'legal' business license...it doesn't even have to be for a RESTAURANT! We joined under my brother's flooring company! I buy whole beef tenderloin and Delmonico (boneless rib cuts (and cut it and cryo-vac it myself), along with other delicacies, such as the lobster, wild caught shrimp, and many vegetables.

                          1. re: gemini0660

                            No, I meant you usually have to buy a minimum in their seafood department, for example, 3 pounds of any cut fish, etc...I thought there was a minimum on lobsters, too...

                            1. re: galleygirl

                              Their frozen fish usually comes in fixed weight boxes, 10 lb being average. If your RD has a fresh seafood department, there are generally no minimums on "most" items.

                              1. re: Tom34

                                Tom34 is correct. I was speaking of the fresh tank lobsters. RD now has a lot of 'each' (broken case) items...they are generally a few farthings more than the 'by the case' price, but still very reasonable. On Saturday, I purchased (for the home) an Angus beef tenderloin ($11.10/lb), a 10-rib rack of pork ($4.18/lb), and a net bag of steamer clams. Yum-O!

                                1. re: gemini0660

                                  Most folks are used to select grade tenderloins. That high choice that you got should be ridiculously delicious with lots of lightning bolts running through it.

                                  1. re: Tom34

                                    The first time we did purchase their select grade (they had just opened down here and did not yet carry the Certified Angus), which really is 'restaurant' quality. But now we only buy this, as it is the only 'steak cut' I choose to eat. We also sometimes buy the whole rib (de-boned) and split the cost w/ my sister & her husband...you get an insane number of steaks from that cut!

                                    1. re: gemini0660

                                      One thing I have found is that once you make the move to the upper end of the choice grade its very difficult to go back down.

                                      I think most people equate filet with the select grade they get at catered affairs which is lean to begin with then kept warm via steam.

                                      I typically wait until Jan / early Feb when the price crashes, buy the whole top choice fillet, cut nice 1 1/2 to 2 inch thick steaks, wrap them with bacon & tie with butcher twine & vac seal. They keep for a year that way and female guests who do not want be viewed as a cave women cutting around bone and gristle love them.

                                      1. re: Tom34

                                        You must be my brother from another mother, Tom34! That is how I do mine, sans bacon...but ours never last a year! LOL

                        2. re: gemini0660

                          Our local RD only has frozen seafood but the one across the river in South Philadelphia has fresh. I will have to call & check price / stock. Worth the run with a big cooler at that price.

                        3. I used to live in NE and circa 1995 they were $2.99 at Demoulas. This was the rock bottom price. More than once the Demoulas advertizement would have the discounted price only for 1.25 lb lobsters. But you would go in there and 2 to 3 pounders would be going for the same. For me steamers or mussels were a must for variety

                          Given inflation the $4.99 price is in line with $2.99 back then. So bon appetit!

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                          1. re: lastZZ

                            Heck last summer (2012) they had them for $3.99, my bet is they will get that low again this year.

                            1. re: StriperGuy

                              People go on about lobster but lets admit it is just a giant ocean cockroach. I much prefer wild caught salmon, good tuna even if previously frozen. I like whole fish cooked or baked etc. Really good fish and chips are better than lobster. Women are more turned on by the lobster mystique.

                              BTW circa 1974-5 reading the Boston Globe---- The raw at the docks landing price for haddock and cod was about 35¢ a pound. People preferred meat to fish

                              1. re: lastZZ

                                Won't deny they are giant bugs, but I like lobster every bit as much as I like fish. I'd say my all around favorite Boston seafood are fresh caught (by me) fall (VERY FATTY) mackerel, cooked within hours after catching them.

                                I'll take that over striper, tuna, halibut, and just about anything else.

                                There is really nothing quite like it. Unfortunately commercially caught mackerel are nearly impossible to catch that fresh. Come October, grab a poll and head up to Gloucester.

                                1. re: StriperGuy

                                  That fall mackerel sounds great. I always liked mackerel. How come mackerel stocks are still doing good while the white fish such as cod and haddock have problems. Last I read a Federal agency was greatly restricting fishing out of Gloucester, past what fisherman said was justified. Many could lose their boats.

                                  I have eaten enough lobster in my life. I am lobstered out along with other foods.

                                2. re: lastZZ

                                  To each their own. I love lobster but wont eat tuna or salmon.

                                  Women turned on? wtf are you even talking about there??

                                  1. re: lastZZ

                                    <"BTW circa 1974-5 reading the Boston Globe---- The raw at the docks landing price for haddock and cod was about 35¢ a pound. People preferred meat to fish.">

                                    Not this people. And plenty more like us. My family and I have been eating seafood several times a week, including Lobster, all our lives. #1 It's healthful and nutritious. #2 It has nothing to do with being a "turn on".

                                    1. re: Gio

                                      It's not healthful and nutritious to all unfortunately.
                                      Shellfish such as clams, scallops, oysters, crab, shrimp and lobster can increase uric acid levels, and the next thing you know is you have gout.

                                    2. re: lastZZ

                                      Woman here who doesn't really like lobster, so I don't get the 'turn on' bit either. Now lobster tomalley on the other hand is something worth drooling over. You can have the rest of the bug.

                                      1. re: kobuta

                                        Maybe you are married to Jack Sprat?

                                      2. re: lastZZ

                                        Women are more turned on by the lobster mystique.



                                        1. re: lastZZ

                                          Wait. What? Women like lobster mystique?? Huh?

                                        2. re: StriperGuy

                                          Market Basket lobster's were $3.99/lb last night in Haverhill.

                                          I had them steam two good sized ones that came just over 6 pounds total for the two.

                                      3. It is hard to belive that lobster is cheaper now than cod or haddock!
                                        Must be the fishing restrictions that have drivfen up the price of fisH?

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                                        1. re: windward

                                          Lobster catch has also been VERY plentiful the last few years.

                                          1. re: StriperGuy

                                            heard a program last summer and a marine biologist was saying that the waters further south were too warm so the lobsters were migrating north. so we had a glut but not far away there was actually a shortage.

                                            as for the price of fish, catches of haddock and cod peaked in the 70s and have been declining steadily ever since. the fishing industry is a victim of its own success.

                                        2. Costco in Dedham today got a huge setup of live lobsters on ice for $6.99 a pound. I scratched my head and almost ask them why price so high when it really should be $2.99 since this is 'COSTCO'!? No one was buying nor even looking so they must know.

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                                          1. re: joebloe

                                            mb is cheaper than anyplace for this. shaw's and s&s are still in that costco range too.

                                            1. re: hotoynoodle

                                              The former Super88 occasionally has bugs that cheap in the summer, and BIG ones too.

                                              1. re: StriperGuy

                                                packard's corner?

                                                am not near there all that much though...