Sure, lobster used to be considered a food for commoners, but that's not the case anymore. Even when there's extra lobster to be had in the cold ocean on the northern U.S. coast, transporting it pristinely from Maine to PA still takes a lot of effort. To seafood lovers, though, there's little that can beat the sweet meat, especially dunked in melted butter. Here are five great lobster deals to take advantage of before autumn sends us running back to soups and stews.
Sitting at the bar at this Fairmount favorite last week, we happened to overhear a couple quibbling over what to eat. “It’s Lobster Month, you know,” we offered, speaking in their general direction. They immediately dropped their fight, picked up a menu covered with specials like savory lobster cheesecake ($14), lobster ravioli ($18) and whole Maine lobster ($26), placed their order and continued on with an evening of romantic bliss. The deals are all good through the end of August. What can’t lobster do?
2301 Fairmount Ave.; 215-978-4545
If you can happily eat two 1-lb. lobsters on your own, first, welcome to the club and, second, get over to Sam Mink’s Sansom Street seafood house pronto. Each Wednesday you can score two fresh-steamed Maine crawlers, plus a side of corn on the cob and drawn butter, for a total of $26. If you want, bring a friend and share the pair as an appetizer to one of 30 Under 30 honoree Brett Naylor’s entrees, like the seared striped bass or Maryland crab cake.
1516 Sansom St.; 215-567-7683
If you’re a purist, like our recent dining partner at this Wash West bi-level dining room was, you can ask for your $19 whole lobster platter broiled plain, but if you want to try something new, accept chef Marc Plessis’ offer to split open your tail and encrust it in pesto and breadcrumbs. Either way, the shaved zucchini and summer squash salad adds a welcome splash of green to the plate, and you get roasted potatoes, too. Don’t forget to start with one of 30 Under 30 honoree Ryan Fenton’s cocktails. The deal is available Tuesdays only through the end of summer; reservations are recommended.
114 S. 12th St.; 267-639-5606
Lobster as the main course of an Italian dinner? Sure, why not. At this Headhouse Square mainstay, Tuesdays bring a whole steamed Maine Lobster, a garden salad and a side of linguini with marinara, all for the grand total of $15.95. If you want to be sure to get yours, make reservations at least a day in advance and let the host know how many lobsters you’re planning to order, because they do sell out.
120 Lombard St.; 215-925-8880
Yes, Pennsylvania is one of those many states that has a Springfield. Our is pretty close to the city, just southwest of Upper Darby, and at this Springfield Country Club bar and gril each Wednesday evening is Lobster Night. From 4-9 PM, $30 will score you a big crustacean of your own, along with corn on the cob and drawn butter. Might be worth a short detour if you’re already driving the Blue Route.
400 W. Sproul Rd., Springfield; 610-543-2100