WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HARD SHELL AND SOFT SHELL LOBSTERS?

Hard shell and soft shell lobsters are eaten the same way and are both delicious. There are some slight differences, so try one of each to see what your preference is!

Since our lobstermen bring in thousands and thousands of lobsters per day in the summer, we are able to be very picky about what gets offered to our restaurant customers. During soft shell season we spend a lot of time picking and choosing the hardest ones we have in order to give you a delicious lobster at an excellent price.

 

HARD SHELL

SOFT SHELL

YIELD

Since they haven't shed yet this year,

hard shell lobsters have reached capacity

in their shells and are packed very full

with tasty meat.

Soft shells have recently traded their old

cramped shell for a new one with growing

room. That room fills with water, making

the yield slightly less per pound. Try

ordering a 1/2 pound bigger!

TASTE

Hard shells are delicious. Some people

prefer these guys for their firm, dense

texture.

Lots of locals prefer a soft shell lobster.

The extra water in their shells while they

cook seems to marinate them a bit,

making them a bit more tender.

PRICE

Full to the brim with meat, hard shells

cost more per pound than their softer

counterparts.

Since the yield is a bit less, the cost is

 less per pound for soft shells.

The lower price more than compensates

for the extra water weight, especially since we

take the time to pick the "hardest" of our

soft shells to serve you.

EASE OF

CRACKING

Hard shells can be very tough to get

into, but no water in the shells means

less mess! We'll crack the claws for you,

and would LOVE to help if you get an

extra tricky one!

Soft shells have a new, thinner shell that

is much easier to remove from your dinner.

The extra water inside DOES make them

a bit messier, but getting them open

should be a breeze!