Lobster is practically synonymous with luxury. The season would not be complete without a lobster shining whole on a picnic table — or packed into a buttery New England-style roll.
Classics aside, lobster also finds itself wrapped in tacos, stuffed in ravioli, or highlighted in mac & cheese around town. In Maine, Oxbow brewery even makes a craft beer from live lobster and sea salt. D.C. may not be Maine, but the city offers much more than Chesapeake crabs. But where can lobster be enjoyed without breaking the bank? Here are five affordable places to live it up with lobster this month. This map has been updated from Eater's August version because some deals have disappeared and others have popped up since.
The deal: During the month of September, all Clyde's locations (along with Old Ebbitt Grill and The Hamilton) are doing one and a quarter pound steamed Maine lobsters for $19.95. They're served with lemon butter, fries and coleslaw. Don't feel like working for that lobster meat? Then for the same price, order the lobster pot pie filled with peas, carrots, celery, onions, fennel, garlic and tarragon.
3236 M St. NW, website
The Fish Market
The deal: This Old Town Alexandria restaurant focuses on Chesapeake seafood everyday except Wednesday. Starting at 5 p.m. that day, The Fish Market offers one pound Maine lobsters with coleslaw and fries for $19.99 in addition to their regular menu. As an added bonus, there's usually live music that night, too.
105 King St., Alexandria, Va., website
The deal: This Dupont pub truly turns into a lobster wonderland on Monday nights. Whole lobsters are served with potato salad and corn on the cob for just $15 on the dinner menu, available from 4 p.m. until closing. There are also half price bottles of wine available.
1319 Connecticut Ave NW, website
Tony and Joe's Seafood PLACE
The deal: The best place to soak in the Georgetown waterfront on Mondays may be this bar, when a whole lobster and beer costs $20 all day long.
3000 K St NW, website
The deal: Fainting Goat has three lobster boils scheduled for this month: Sept. 14, 21 and 28. Pricing ranges from $25-$40 per person depending on the night's menu, which will feature such items as lobster, andouille sausage, corn and more.
1330 U St. NW, website
Where do you like to eat lobster in D.C.? Let's keep the conversation going in the comment section.
—Additional reporting by Meredith Bethune