Saturday, November 20, 2010

Lobsta Truck is (almost) on a roll

Lobster with mayo is the way to go
The Lobsta Truck, one of the few places in L.A. to get real East Coast-style lobster roll sandwiches, is rolling out starting Dec. 3 in Venice, but we got a preview of the lobster rolls and chowder at the soft opening last night in Pasadena. Owner Justin Li ships in both the lobster and the special split-top rolls from the East Coast. Lobster chunks were big and fresh in both the plain roll with melted butter and the traditional one with mayo, but the mayo one gave the lobster much more flavor. Lobster rolls are $11 -- a bit of an indulgence compared to tacos, but not outrageous given the quality of the lobster. You'll probably want a cup of clam chowder ($3.50) or a homemade Whoopie Pie ($4) to round out the meal. There's also crab rolls for $9, Cape Cod chips and fresh squeezed lemonade. Whoopie Pies, also a Northeast specialty, are from L.A.'s own Baking Whoopie. My friend Matt, a Rhode Island native, pronounced the lobster rolls authentic tasting, though he'd really like it if they would add fried clam cakes to the menu. With trucks like the Lobsta Truck and the LudoTruck, food trucks are evolving away from food for drunk people and into full-fledged meals -- as long as you don't mind curbside seating.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed it last night. The lobster meat tasted fresh and delicious. The toasted rolls were outta sight. The chowder was pretty good. The Whoopie pie was pure chocolate bliss. The lemonade was tangy and refreshing. In short, this truck was a total win.

Los angeles maids said...

Will have to try this lobster sandwich next time I'm in Psadena.

Los Angeles Blog said...

Dear goodness, first time I had this I went back with 3 buddies the next day. Pure bliss for foodies. Once again Los Angeles can compete with any food scene in the U.S.

Steve said...

Are there any Lobster Trucks near Woodland Hills?

salon naples said...

The toasted rolls were outta sight. The chowder was pretty good.Will have to try this lobster sandwich next time I'm in Psadena.

Richard said...

I DREM of lobster rolls!

RenRen said...

I waited in line for over an hour last night for the lobster roll and it was delicious.

kindmind said...

Just finished my Lobsta roll. It was fabulous. The guys working the windows were almost as sweet as the lobster. I got there about 20 min. early and there was a small line, by the time I left the line was down the block and around the corner. It's worth the wait.

Wendy said...

Will you be coming to anywhere near Newport Beach, in Orange County? Lobster is my very favorite food, by far!
I'd eat it every single day, if I could afford to. :) Wendy

Anonymous said...

Steve: the truck has gotten over to Warner center once that I know of. They're new and trying out different neighborhoods, so give them a chance. Food's awesome, though I disagree with the reviewer; imho the butter's the way to go, mayo overwhelms the flavor of the lobster or crab. Haven't tried the chowder, but the lemonade's awesome too...