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Let’s Learn More About Lobsters!

Let’s Learn More About Lobsters!

You may not think of lobsters as the being in the same class of seafood with shrimp, crabs, and fish.

You may not think of lobsters as the being in the same class of seafood with shrimp, crabs, and fish. They do still count, and there are several odd words used to describe lobsters that might not make sense at first glance. All of this means that it’s time to learn more about lobsters! 

Some Vocab Words

First off, it’s helpful to brush up on some vocabulary related to lobsters. One of the ones you might hear is tomalley, which refers to the liver of the lobster. Although it may sound off-putting, it is treasured for how much flavor it can add to sauces used to accompany the lobster once it has been cooked. Then there is also the chicken, which refers to smaller lobsters that are often used for lobster rolls up north in New England. Their name comes from how tender they are. Like chickens – the actual bird, that is – male and female lobsters are also called cocks and hens. 

It might also amaze you to know that soft-shell lobsters exist. Let’s suppose for a minute that although you enjoy soft-shell crabs, you’ve never tried eating a lobster this way. You can eat them, but they aren’t as delicious as soft-shell crabs are. They feel lighter and make an odd rattling noise when you shake them. Serious lobster fans generally avoid them, mainly because they don’t hold as much flavor and have less meat than their hard-shelled counterparts.  

Different Sizes of Lobster

As with many other crustaceans, shellfish, and other varieties of seafood, there are different sizes of lobsters. Depending on the specimen that you select, you’ll find that they’re either larger or smaller. An eighth weighs 1 ⅛ pounds; a quarter weighs 1 ¼ pound; a large weigh 1 to 1 & ½ pounds, and a jumbo describes any lobster that is over two pounds. Which one will you choose? 


Costas Inn has been a Baltimore tradition since 1971. You may recognize our restaurant, which was recently featured on the Food Network with Michael Symon on Burgers, Brew, and ‘Que! We were also voted the 2015 #1 Baltimore Seafood Restaurant by USA Today, as well as #1 Crab Restaurant 2014 in the Baltimore Business Journal. You may have also spotted Costas Inn during one of our 9 appearances on the Today Show or heard one of our many interviews on WJZ TV Channel 13 with Ron Matz and Marty Bass.

You can enjoy our famous crab cakes in-house or order them online for any time eating. We also provide some of the best seafood catering in the Baltimore area! You can also get your fill from Costas even when you’re not in our dining room: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube!


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Costas Inn
5 stars - based on 695 reviews
4100 North Point Boulevard Baltimore , Maryland 21222
(410) 477-1975 URL of Map Categories: Seafood & Crabs Price Range: $$ Takes Reservations: yes