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Stuff the Lobster Instead of the Bird at Bluewater Grill in CA and AZ

Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurants have some sage advice for the holidays: Stuff the Lobster Instead of the Bird!


Starting this month and continuing through the end of the year, the Bluewater Grill locations in Newport Beach, Tustin, Redondo Beach, and Phoenix will serve a signature, sustainably harvested version of Holiday Baked Stuffed Maine Lobster, the classic New England holiday family meal that originated in Boston-area seafood restaurants.

The foodie festivities kick-off this Tuesday, November 13, with a tasting event at all four locations. On the menu: a whole Maine lobster stuffed with a special shrimp and buttery panko-crumb stuffing, and served with choice of New England or Manhattan Clam Chowder, two sides, unlimited fresh sourdough bread and a Bluewater Grill bib. You get all this for just $29.95.

Paired with the feast will be two hand-picked Sauvignon Blanc selections: Oyster Bay from New Zealand and St. Supery from Napa Valley.

“In keeping with Bluewater Grill’s mission to practice 100% sustainable purchasing, a promotion involving Maine lobster is a natural,” says Bluewater Grill co-founder Jimmy Ulcickas.

“The Maine lobster industry is the model of a well-managed fishery, ensuring that both the lobster resource and the environment are protected for generations to come. Maine harvesters are environmentally conscious and eco-friendly. They harvest their lobsters the same careful way they have for over 125 years (by hand, one trap at a time) thus protecting the quality of their product and the marine environment.”


But if you can’t wait until next week, visit Bluewater Grill now to try their local spiny lobster dinner: 1.25 pounds of lobster tail, split and flat grilled with garlic and butter, served with drawn butter, two sides and hot bread.


My assistant Stephanie and I tried visited the Newport Beach location and ordered the spiny lobster last week ($38.95). It’s a decadent treat. I brought my own bottle of Tobin James Chardonnay (no corkage fee for the first two bottles), which paired well with the lobster.


Stephanie and I also ordered two appetizer salads (Arugula Crab for $10.50, and Roasted Beet and Spinach for $8.95), but they were so large we ended up taking some home.

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Christopher Trela

3rd Place Best Food Blog / OC Press Club Journalism Awards

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