#82: Lobster Roll at Lobsta Truck

Summertime in Maine. But in So Cal.
Few foods better capture the flavor of the New England shore better than the lobster roll. It's simply steamed, chilled lobster meat in a butter-grilled New England-style split-top roll. Portable, chilled, light-yet-substantial, it's the perfect summer seafood dish and the least fussy way to eat lobster.

In the span of a few months this year, two luxe loncheras launched their versions of the lobster roll, both of which drastically improve on the desolate lobster roll landscape that was here before they arrived. In short, both trucks make a worthy sandwich, but Lobsta Truck dishes the version nearest to the classic New England way.

Lobsta Truck dresses the lobster meat in two ways: either with drawn butter, or with mayo in a lobster salad. Both ways are authentically Downeast,  but which should you get? Take a friend and get both.

While there, get a cup of their white clam chowder, a deliciously creamy, un-starchy version loaded with tender clam meat. You can't ask for much more to fix your longing for those Bar Harbor summers. Ok, you can -- can someone please build us a proper New England clam shack and make us our other summertime favorite, fried whole-belly clams?

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Price...?  It would be nice to know what we'll be plunking down for the grub noted in these reviews, please.


whole belly fried clams at the Studio diner in San Diego...

Shuji Sakai
Shuji Sakai

It's $12 as of now, but check their website (link provided) since prices do change.

Shuji Sakai
Shuji Sakai

Thanks, didn't know about that one. Still, it's San Diego. There's Blue Plate Oysterette in Santa Monica, too. For a while, we had Lawton's in Long Beach until they went belly up a few years back.

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