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In Feb 2017 we went over 50 websites selling live Maine lobsters and handpicked the top 10 by analyzing their traffic sources, marketing information and ease of use. We also chose 2 wholesale lobster businesses that tell the most compelling story about why they are the best!
In the next several blog posts, we will comment on several trends we noticed while analyzing over 50 websites that sell lobsters online. We will also share several questions you should ask yourself if you would like to use the web to increase your lobster sales in 2017.
Purchasing lobsters online can be intimidating, but Lobster Anywhere makes it a breeze. This wholesaler provides Maine-caught lobsters of the highest quality, and orders are delivered within 24 hours. The site is also service-oriented for even the most novice cooks, providing detailed information coupled with elegant illustrations to help you feel confident in your lobster purchase. As such, Lobster Anywhere takes our top spot as best overall lobster delivery service.
Steaming and boiling are the two best ways to cook lobster. Steaming cooks the lobster slowly and offers more control to minimize the chance of overcooking. Meanwhile, boiling cooks lobster faster under high, intense heat.
Each lobster delivery service packs its products differently. Live lobsters are usually packed in a reusable polystyrene cooler with ice-cold gel packs to retain the cold temperature. UPS and FedEx are often used as carriers.
Looking to get great lobster rolls in Portland Maine? Our Luke's Lobster shack in Portland Maine has got you covered. Our flagship restaurant features 360-degree views of the lobster industry with indoor and outdoor seating, an expanded menu, and full bar. It is one the best places to get a lobster roll and whole steamed lobster in Maine. We are located directly on the working waterfront, off the Portland Pier, in the heart of the Old Port, and situated right beside our lobster buying station. We do offer takeout, and delivery, but to get full experience we recommend you dine in. Walk-ins are welcome, or make a reservation on Resy!
We are going deeper into the vertical by purchasing lobster right off the boats from our wharf in Maine and processing the lobsters in our own Maine facility. We eliminate third parties in every area we can. For every third party you eliminate, you eliminate their profit, overhead, inefficiencies and for some, their greed.
While the stalwart fisherman of Maine can be found lobstering pretty much year round, peak Maine lobster season is between late June and late December. That period is when the lobsters are most active. There are actually several types of lobsters that can be caught off the coast of Maine. These varieties include soft shell lobsters, which are caught in summer and hard shell lobsters that can be caught year-round, but see higher numbers in the summer due to demand and nicer conditions. The latest trend in Maine lobster season prices is up, as global climate change is affecting when lobsters are maturing, the effects of which we first started to see in lobster season of 2015.
Most lobster lovers order a whole lobsters, typically a pound and a quarter to a pound and a half each, but you can purchase lobster tails, claws, or fresh picked lobster meat. Lobster companies even ship lobster chowder and lobster stew along with clam chowder. A true Down East Maine Lobster Bake include clam chowder, fresh steamed lobster with melted butter, corn on the cob and strawberry shortcake for dessert.
A few Maine lobster companies will ship you the lobster, the chowder, the works. You just need to follow the lobster cooking instructions, put on a lobster bib and get cracking. There are even instruction on how to eat a Maine lobster.
Right on the water in South Freeport, the lobster bisque has loads of meat in every bite, making it the star of the lobster game at Harraseeket. But the enormous sharable seafood baskets, melt in your mouth haddock sandwich with cheese and a lobster roll on a grilled bun are highly praised items. Keep in mind this eatery is a cash-only establishment, as are many of these types of places in Maine. Alcohol is not served but your welcome to bring your own.
The Lobster 207 Association helps our Maine lobstermen by putting them directly in front of customers and whole industries that appreciate fresh, sustainable catches. That way, our lobstermen can focus on what they do best: catching and harvesting high quality lobsters.
Lobster 207 can not be responsible for any shipping delays that are due to no one being available at the time of delivery, or delivery being outside of the business hours. We will do our best to accommodate business deliveries, but delivery times are at the discretion of UPS.UPS delivers between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm
To add to the confusion, though more meat is packed in hard shell lobsters, they are not necessarily heavier than similar sized newly shelled lobsters. Even though it would seem that a 2-pound hard shell would be smaller in size than a 2-pound soft shell that is not the case. Because lobsters are generally weighed and priced when they are pulled from the tank, the water retained within the soft shell can compensate for the added weight at the time of sale. That water weight drains when cooked and shucked.
To be sure, hard shell lobsters and soft shell lobsters are eaten the same way and both are delicious. To get the same amount of meat from a soft shell as you would from a hard shell order a half-pound bigger. Taste differences are subtle. Hard shells are more firm with a dense texture. Because of the extra water content, the extra water marinates the meat of the soft shells when cooking, making it more tender.
And remember that while lobster prices reflect market conditions, the farther you travel from the trappings of civilization and the deeper you get into bona fide lobstering territory, the fewer frills and the less costly the goods.
There were two foods we knew we were going to eat our weight in when visiting Maine- lobster and oysters. We jumped into both of these headfirst and truly had an exceptional dining experience when eating our way around Maine restaurants.
As lobster and oysters on their own are relatively straightforward dishes, we also sought after one variant of the former to try just a bit differently. Enter the lobster roll- a truly wonderful creation that you absolutely must try when in Maine.
We may quote a lobster roll price in this article and it could go up 10% next week or it could go down 30% in a month. It really is that volatile. Some small rolls were in the $15-$20 range, most were in the $20-$25 range, some artisan ones (or those from high-end restaurants) pushed closer to $30, and a few places even sold large lobster rolls (for two) that were north of $40!
Eventide Oyster Co. was one of our first restaurants in Portland, Maine, and throughout our entire trip stood out as being one of the best. Think incredibly fresh oysters from many farms, inventive dishes (koji-cured steelhead trout, anyone?), and of course a stellar lobster roll!
This one serves warm lobster meat in a doughy, steamed bun that is topped with brown butter and chive. This is not conventional as far as Maine lobster rolls go (warm lobster rolls are more Connecticut style), but the combination of flavors was oh-so-good. In fact, it may have been one of those perfect bites we are always in search of as the butter and lobster combo was simply divine.
At just about $16 this one was also among the cheapest lobster rolls we had but comes with the caveat that it was also the smallest- split between the two of us this one amounted to just two bites each. We likely would've needed two to be of similar size to others in this list, so in that respect, it is a good one to share as an appetizer (or as a side to a slew of oysters, as we did) as opposed to going all-in as your main entree.
We stumbled upon this one by chance when visiting the Portland Head Light in South Portland as this food truck can be found there on a somewhat regular basis (we also later saw another truck by the same company at Allagash Brewing which seems to be semi-permanent as well). We weren't really needing another lunch at this point, but when there is a lobster roll available we had a rule of buying one and dealing with our waistline issue later.
What is interesting about this one is that you can order small or large lobster rolls and pick from one of six different styles including traditional Maine and Connecticut styles, Picnic Style (coleslaw, celery salt, and butter), or with more unusual flavors like Chipotle, Wasabi, or Yellow Curry. We opted for the Wasabi roll as the bit of heat in the spicy mayo made for a nice flavor combination to balance the sweetness of the lobster (that being said, we stuck to more traditional lobster rolls after this one simply to enjoy the meat).
The downside to this one is that the decently sized roll clocked in at just under $30 including tip and was the most expensive lobster roll we had in Maine! While we appreciated the unique flavor combinations in this one, we have to admit that the price point hurt.
We want to start this one out with a simple disclaimer- Pai Men Miyaki does not sell traditional lobster rolls. Pai Men Miyaki is a wildly popular Japanese restaurant that makes some of the best seafood-oriented dishes we've had not just in Maine but anywhere outside of Japan (seriously, the unagi and scallop sushi rolls were unparalleled).
An order here comes with two perfectly sized bao buns (great for splitting) made with Kewpie mayo, lemon, truffle oil, and scallion. Much like the lobster roll at Eventide Oyster, you may just get a few bites out of this one (making it a good appetizer at the $18 price tag over an entree), but offered a delightful balance between the doughy bun, the sweet lobster, and the tangy mayo. 781b155fdc