Enliven Your Drinks With Lobster & Crab Deals
In a stroke of luck for lovers of the sweet, succulent meat, Maine lobster prices are at a 30-year low, and there are several spots offering deals on the crustaceans, making for perfect accompaniment to your evening sip.
• On Wednesdays, after Center City Sips, head to the Oyster House on Sansom Street, where a platter of two steamed, whole lobsters goes for $26, including drawn butter and corn on the cob. It’s enough for a light dinner for two, or a munch-happy feast for one lobster fan. If you happen to hit up the seafooder on a different day, go instead for the pound of peel-and-eat shrimp for $18 (1516 Sansom St.; 215-567-7683).
• If you don’t mind a bit more picking — and probably a lot more mess — don your bib at Route 6, where the Steven Starr fish house is running Wednesdays night crab boils for the season. Whole Maryland crabs are served by the piece (minimum of three), coming out hot and doused in Old Bay. The critters are priced according to market vagaries, but usually run $6.50–$7.50 each (600 N. Broad St.; 215-391-4600).
• On Thursday eves, South Philly’s under-the-radar Kris is serving a grilled lobster feast, featuring a 1- ¼-lb. crawler with a weekly-rotating seasoned salt (think fennel, chili or smoked flavors) and corn on the cob. Pair the seafood with one of the restaurant's many Italian craft beers, or a refreshing house sangria (1100 Federal St.; 215-468-0104).
• If you're closer to the suburbs, save a Thursday evening for West Conshohocken's Stella Blu, where a lobster plus linguini and a grape tomato salad is yours for $24.95. The extensive wine list will round out the meal.
Starting August, several more lobster deals come into play.
• Ambler’s Dettera is setting out a five-course lobster tasting menu for $45 per head. More than just boiled or steamed, these dishes will bring out the delicate flavor of the meat in preparations like lobster consommé, lobster enchiladas and a unique lobster roll. A decently priced selection of craft drafts, wine and cocktails will finish out your feast (129 E. Butler Ave., Ambler; 215-643-0111).
• It's a month-long a lobster extravaganza at London Grill in Fairmount, where chef Michael McNalley is preparing lobster bisque, a New England lobster roll and a lobster bake (a mini half-pounder with corn, potatoes, clams and chorizo ($7–$18). There's also a full lobster dinner, which sees a 1½-lb. star backed by a salad, corn, potatoes and cobbler for dessert ($28). An assortment of new cocktails will make the seafood even better, from The Scientist (Powers Irish whiskey, smoked lemonade, basil simple syrup, club soda) to a Dark 'n' Stormy made with Gosling's Black Seal rum and Reed's ginger beer ($7). If you sit outside, snag a bucket of six Sierra Nevada Pale Ale cans for just $12.
• At all nine locations of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (including our local outpost in Chestnut Hill), your lobster comes with a pint of brew or glass of wine. The Maine Lobster Dinner includes a one-pounder, local corn, boiled red potatoes, bisque or a salad and the aforementioned libation for $24.95, all in.
Photo via Flickr user Selbe B
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