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Old 07-05-2012, 12:11 PM
 
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Need advise from the locals.

I'll be in Old Orchard Beach in august, where do the locals think the best whole 2+ lb lobster is to be had. I don't care if its a fancy restaurant or just a shack on the beach. I want what the locals consider to be the best whole lobster in or near Old Orchard Beach.

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Old 07-05-2012, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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IMHO a steamed lobster is a very simple dish....so it is hard to make a recommendation of who has the best. Unless a place is really substandard.....a lobster will be good where ever you get it. I would probably head up to Bailey's in Pine Point....but Joseph's right there in OOB on Grand Ave should be fine.

At this time of year....I would go with a couple of "shedders" or soft shell lobsters.....about 1 1/4 lbs.....the soft shell should be cheaper than hard shell. They are so much easier to eat and perhaps sweeter. (Maybe less meat than a hard shell.....but thats why I said 2 of em.) I usually want to get a 2 lb lobster which with the sides is quite satisfying.

You really cant go wrong.....at least I dont think so. I usually to always cook them at home......unless I am taking out visitors. I have taken visitors down to DiMello's in Portland.....everyone says it is a tourist trap*....but we like it and guests love it. (*Their prices are high. but the ambiance and service is really good....and they have a bloody mary with collosal shrimp that is a meal in itself.)
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Old 07-05-2012, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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I agree with Elston, any steamed Maine lobster will be delicious!
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Hard shells hard to find right now. Soft shells glutting the market, cheap, $5/lb or less. One guy was selling them 5 for $25.
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Old 07-06-2012, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Hard shelled Maine lobster. Keep in mind that many lobsters are imported (in single serving trays) from Canada and I have yet to see lobster advertised as Canadian Lobster?!
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:46 PM
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Location: Ellsworth
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Hard shells hard to find right now. Soft shells glutting the market, cheap, $5/lb or less. One guy was selling them 5 for $25.
$3.99/lb in Ellsworth
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:50 PM
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Hard shelled Maine lobster. Keep in mind that many lobsters are imported (in single serving trays) from Canada and I have yet to see lobster advertised as Canadian Lobster?!
We like shedders. They are soooo sweet, cheap and easy to get into.
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Old 07-06-2012, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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We like shedders. They are soooo sweet, cheap and easy to get into.
Well, the OP asked about "the best" lobsters to be had, and I wouldn't put a shedder in that category. I certainly don't think they taste as good as hard shell, and the meat is mushier. However, with the price of shedders now, I'd probably buy two of them for the price of a hard shell and enjoy all that lobster!!!

I've never bought a cooked lobster, so can't really speak to which restaurant might be the best in the Old Orchard area. It's hard to cook a lobster poorly (although possible), but the Clambake or Ken's would be where I'd look first. My only tip would be to ask whether they boil them or steam them. I think steamed lobsters have more taste.

BTW, just to get rid of another myth, small lobsters DON'T taste better than large ones. I've got relatives that are lobster fishermen, and have eaten the largest legally taken. The bigger ones are fantastic!
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:14 AM
 
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Well, the OP asked about "the best" lobsters to be had, and I wouldn't put a shedder in that category. I certainly don't think they taste as good as hard shell, and the meat is mushier. However, with the price of shedders now, I'd probably buy two of them for the price of a hard shell and enjoy all that lobster!!!

I've never bought a cooked lobster, so can't really speak to which restaurant might be the best in the Old Orchard area. It's hard to cook a lobster poorly (although possible), but the Clambake or Ken's would be where I'd look first. My only tip would be to ask whether they boil them or steam them. I think steamed lobsters have more taste.

BTW, just to get rid of another myth, small lobsters DON'T taste better than large ones. I've got relatives that are lobster fishermen, and have eaten the largest legally taken. The bigger ones are fantastic!

I have to put in my two cents, having eaten a ton of lobsters- my father is a lobsterman, I grew up on a lobster boat, we use to eat them everyday in the summer (I never got tired of them)

it takes about five years for a lobster to become legal (about a 1lb) for a lobster to grow, they need to shed thier outer shell, a young lobster will shed every summer to grow- when they shed, they become very vulnerable to just about any and all predators-they go from being a hard shell to a papery skin, til the shell hardens again, as the shell hardens, the new muscle or meat grows inside the shell-that's why sheddars are juicier-the muscle hasnt fully grown inside the shell-and the juice fills the shell

the soft shells, or sheddars are sweeter than the hard shells...(many larger hard shells dont shed as often, so their meat isnt as tender as a sheddar)

In maine thier is a maximum legal size you can catch/sell/eat a lobster (around 4 lbs)

lobsters above this weight and age, again are usually quite a bit tougher than smaller ones because they dont shed as often

are the 2-3lb hardshell lobsters tough??

nope- these are great, lobsters over 3-4lbs can be quite a bit tougher because they dont shed as often


steamed or boiled is fine, if you steam your own, just be sure they cook evenly

if you get a chance for a lobsterbake, or clambake and lobsters and clams are cooked in seaweed- this is awesome, a smoky flavor,,,
,cabbage island clambakes out of boothbay harbor is great- you take a tour boat right to an island, and they do all the work for a lobsterbake-thiers even a bar on the island
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Hard shelled Maine lobster. Keep in mind that many lobsters are imported (in single serving trays) from Canada and I have yet to see lobster advertised as Canadian Lobster?!
Many of the lobsters caught by Maine lobstermen are sent to Canada for processing. Canadian processors are currently at capacity and aren't taking the catch from the Maine fishermenn, which is part of the reason for the current market- they need to sell their catch and that means selling it here at [relatively] low prices.

I think any lobster caught in the Gulf of Maine is a 'Maine' lobster, regardless of who catches it, sells it or processes it.
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