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  • Post #61 - November 16th, 2017, 11:06 am
    Post #61 - November 16th, 2017, 11:06 am Post #61 - November 16th, 2017, 11:06 am
    If you're a member, Restaurant Depot on Division sells live lobsters.

    CSD
    Born and raised in Chicago, escaped to Wisconsin.
  • Post #62 - November 16th, 2017, 7:25 pm
    Post #62 - November 16th, 2017, 7:25 pm Post #62 - November 16th, 2017, 7:25 pm
    chicagostyledog wrote:If you're a member, Restaurant Depot on Division sells live lobsters.

    CSD

    Do you recall a recent price?

    Thanks!

    Cathy
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  • Post #63 - November 17th, 2017, 7:27 am
    Post #63 - November 17th, 2017, 7:27 am Post #63 - November 17th, 2017, 7:27 am
    rtb178 wrote:Any updates on buying whole live lobsters in Chicago? Is H-mart still the best bang for the buck? Thanks.

    Yes!
    Usually $9.95/#, on sale this year they could sometimes be had for $6.95 in summer, softer shell type.
    For big lobsters, China Mart routinely has 5#ers for aout $10/#.
    Purchased from both sources in the last month.-Richard
  • Post #64 - February 1st, 2018, 11:41 pm
    Post #64 - February 1st, 2018, 11:41 pm Post #64 - February 1st, 2018, 11:41 pm
    Just an update: fresh and briny--and feisty--lobster available at H-Mart for 11.99/lb.
  • Post #65 - February 2nd, 2018, 7:45 am
    Post #65 - February 2nd, 2018, 7:45 am Post #65 - February 2nd, 2018, 7:45 am
    I know there are a lot of low prices on lobster out there . . . but not all lobsters are the same. The longer the lobster is held in a tank and out of its natural environment, the less it tastes like a lobster, and the worse the tomalley tastes. I'll admit to having been duped by these prices several times, but consider how long the store has had the lobster and whether it was in a tank elsewhere (distribution center perhaps) before arriving there. Yes, you usually get what you pay for, though of course lobsters purchased on the Atlantic coast will typically be inexpensive for obvious reasons.
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  • Post #66 - February 2nd, 2018, 12:05 pm
    Post #66 - February 2nd, 2018, 12:05 pm Post #66 - February 2nd, 2018, 12:05 pm
    Live Maine lobster are now all shipped dry in boxes at low temp and revived in tanks.
    Stores without tanks just offer them on ice.
    H-Mart quality is second to none in the Midwest. I have been there when they were taken out of the boxes into the tanks.
    As with any live product, live lobsters can die if not treated correctly.
    For 5# lobster I go to China Mart in chinatown. Always superb quality but Canadian because of the slot limit on the East coast.
    Very small lobsters are Canadian for the same reason.
    Our local Meijer’s in Kenosha has a tank, rarely do I purchase and they never meet H-Mart quality the two times I did.-Richard

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