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Whole Lobster Fans - Share Your Favorite D.C. Spot!

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Whole Lobster Fans - Share Your Favorite D.C. Spot!

Oobay | Aug 20, 2008 10:07 PM

Hi All -

I am hosting a couple from NY this weekend, and we have to celebrate a birthday. The guest of honor has been on a lobster kick lately and his wife hopes to find a place in D.C. where he can get a really superlative, simply prepared lobster while the rest of us eat well, too!

It was a little harder than I expected to find places that have just classic steamed lobster (at least with an online search - no Kinkead's, Black Salt, Blue Duck Tavern, Hook), but so far I've found whole lobster on the following menus:

Johnny's Half Shell
Oceanaire
Sea Catch
TenPenh/DC Coast (same preparation)
The Palm
Ruth's Chris (soooo NOT my favorite place - wouldn't go unless a lobster lover really persuades me that the dish is worth the trip)

Do any of you lobster fans recommend or warn against any of these places? Do you have another D.C. spot that's a favorite for this meal? I know that there are some other highly touted lobster preparations around now (lobster burger, lobster sashimi, risotto, etc.), but I am looking specifically for a lovely, simple lobster at a restaurant with strong options for the rest of us as well.

The budget is wide open, as our guest has a very generous wife! :) Thanks in advance for any suggestions, chowhounds.

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