12807 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL 33635
Cost range: 20.01-100.00
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
More in this neighborhood: Oldsmar
Dan Hall has been in the wholesale lobster business for the past 16 years. And for the past two years he's been corralling these live crustaceans at his seafood market called Lobster Haven. You can swing by and pick out a live 3-pounder to steam at home, or zip over to the frozen case for some alligator or fillets of cod or sea bass. But some of the most satisfying allures at Lobster Haven are to be had while wearing a goofy plastic bib at one of the six tables in the tiny dining room. Just about everything on the menu starts or ends with lobster, with a little lobster in the middle in case you start jonesing. Chowda (yes, that's how they spell it) is the way to start, the clam and the lobster equally creamy, lush and studded with sweet seafood meat. And then a fresh-from-the-steamer piping hot pound and a quarter lobster and a little metal cup of drawn butter, an ear of corn and pile of tender red potatoes easily ignored as you get busy with the cracking tool.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Thur., until 10 p.m. Fri.-Sat.
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