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Lobster in Rhode Island question...

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woodside11377 Aug 24, 2013 11:15 AM

i heard port judith is a good and cheap place to buy live lobster does anyone know when would be the best time to go to the docks and purchase them???
also is there a cheaper place to get them?

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    oystertripe Aug 26, 2013 06:54 AM

    "Is there a cheaper place to get them?"

    Seeing the above inquiry prompted me to mention DeMoulas' Market Basket (a MA chain; there is a store just off Rt. 495 in Bellingham): They have featured live, soft-shell lobsters for $3.99/lb. for weeks; any size, any quantity. When the hard-shelled lobsters are abundant, they usually have the cheapest price around. I got a four-pounder this spring for $5.99/lb., and it was full of sweet, tender meat.

    There must be other good options in southern RI, but for us in northern RI, Market Basket is it and well worth the ride.

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      Frank Terranova Aug 26, 2013 02:26 AM

      Ask for the Hard Shell Lobsters. If they are molting the meat loss is about at least 35% these lobsters are usually sold to restaurants for the cheap lobster meals.

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        harryharry Aug 26, 2013 01:13 PM

        soft shell taste better, are easier to shell and are less expensive.

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          CapeCodGuy Aug 26, 2013 01:57 PM

          You are mostly correct except for taste, which is purely a matter of opinion.

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            harryharry Aug 26, 2013 03:25 PM

            No I don't think it's opinion - it's fact - ;-)

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        FjmArch Aug 24, 2013 06:15 PM

        Late morning early afternoon. Head down the escape road into galilee, turn right at end of the road and go to the docks just before the bridge to great island. You will find lobsterman selling right off the boat.

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          woodside11377 Aug 26, 2013 12:01 PM

          in that same area are there any clamming spots?

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