Rare Blue Lobsters at Red The Steakhouse

You've probably read about blue lobsters, those rare neon-colored crustaceans. Now, Red the Steakhouse is inviting you to taste one.

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The lobsters are Brittany Blues, taken from the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean off the shores of Scotland and France. These lobsters, which have a distinct blue tail and tint, are prized for being sweeter and more flavorful then their New England cousins.

While blue lobsters found in Maine are extremely rare (about one in two

million), these Brittany Blues are not endangered or protected species. Highly sought out in France for their tastier flesh, Brittany Blues are rarely available at restaurants in

the United States.

Red's executive chef Peter Vauthy showed us a

three pounder in all his colorful glory. When compared to a Maine

lobster, the blue hue is really striking.

The Brittany Blues are

available at Red the Steakhouse on a limited basis, for about $60 per

pound. Live Maine lobsters are also available for about $30 per pound.

The Brittany blues will appeal to experienced diners who are looking

for a decadent and adventurous experience. Before you stop in for

dinner, here's a little warning -- when cooked, the Brittany Blue loses

its indigo tinge, turning a deep brick red, so don't be disappointed

when you see it -- just savor the flavor.

If you're really in the

mood to live it up, Vauthy is expecting a shipment of white truffles.

The price? About $3,100 per pound. Now that your heart stopped beating

for just a moment, the truffles can be shaved onto your meal at a much more

modest price.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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