Forget About Maine, Atlantic City Lobsters Are Delicious
We had a fantastic weekend.
A few years ago, a very good friend of mine told me about the amazing lobsters that are caught about 6-10 miles (sometimes a bit farther) off of the coast of Atlantic City.
Before this, I had never given any thought that we even had lobsters right here at home.
You always think about Maine as being the “Lobster Capital,” gold standard in America.
It’s another one of those, in order to get “the best,” you have to go somewhere else to get it. “The best” couldn’t possibly be right here at home the whole time.
Just like many people think that Baltimore, Maryland crabs are better than our local Blue Crabs … it’s just not true. Some persons, places or things get a reputation (whether deserved or not) for being the best.
This past Saturday, July 24, 2021, I purchased six (6) “Atlantic City Lobsters,” including a magnum-sized 4 pounder. The claw on this one lobster was almost as big as my hand.
These six “Atlantic City Lobsters” fed 4 different families, for a total of 10 Family Members enjoying this crustacean delicacy.
Lobsters grow to about 1 1/2 pounds in 5-7 years. Our 4-pounder was estimated to be about 20-25 years old. If you’re using the 7-10 years per-pound “math” … for each pound, per-year … our lobster could have been as old as 30-35 years.
Here’s what it looked like before and after prepared:
An interesting New Jersey lobster fact is that 5 pounds is the maximum size/weight that you can legally keep.
I went to the official NOAA records, which indicated that revenue from American lobster landings in New Jersey totaled over $2.2 million by 2015.
It’s tough work for the lobstermen. Mother Nature can be brutal out there; unforgiving and it really beats up the fishermen. They’re working hard with their own hands and delivering to us an amazing delicacy that we have the privilege to enjoy.
After I posted on social media about the great time that we had as a Family, so many people commented that they never knew that there was such a thing as “Atlantic City Lobsters.”
Yes, Atlantic City lobsters are a real thing and they’re fantastic!
The flavor and texture is wonderful. In fact, these lobsters were so good that they didn’t require to be dunked or drenched with melted, salted butter.
No Old Bay seasoning or Captain Ron Meischker’s Somers Point Crab Company special seasoning was required, either.
We steamed them for about 15 minutes and served them. Our expert Lobsterman told us … “Don’t let the lobsters touch the water while cooking. Just let the steam cook them.”
I can confidently say that with the exception of the iconic butter poached lobster tails at Disney World’s Narcoossee’s Restaurant and any that are offered and prepared by The Atlantic City Dougherty Family …
These “Atlantic City Lobsters” were as fine as any that I’ve ever had anywhere!
As Dorothy Gale famously said … “There’s No Place Like Home.”
Here are a few more photos from our wonderful “Atlantic City Lobster” weekend.
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