The Lobsta Truck

by foodhoe on February 28, 2014

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It’s raining and pouring, which is not so good for food truck whoring touring, but I really do have to tell you about a new truck in town.  Last week the Lobsta Truck which has been dazzling the hungry hordes in Southern California, had its Norcal debut at the fabulous Off the Grid mobile truck extravaganza in the Upper Haight.  I was invited to bring a guest to enjoy a roll, a soup and beverage each, so Mr. K and I converged with crowds of food enthusiasts on a damp chilly night to dine alfresco under the festive glow of overhead lights while perched on unstable folding chairs.

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The Lobsta Truck was tucked way in the back dark corner, furthest away from the long lines for Señor Sisig which held a strategic position in the front.  I enjoyed its obscurity as there was only one person in line before me.  The menu is spare and focused, offering the choice of dungeness crab or lobster rolls, and then clam chowder or lobster bisque.  The only other items are bags of Cape Cod chips, whoopie pies and fresh squeezed lemonade (or other bottled beverages).  The proprietor Justin Mi used to work for a seafood distributor, and plans to only use fresh, unfrozen seafood, along with the New England split top buns, that are shipped by air cargo twice a week from Massachusetts, Maine and even further north.

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At first glance (and in comparison with the prices of the other trucks), the price seems high, but if you comparison shop the price of lobster rolls, these are really a bargain!  Many inferior rolls are priced $20 and up for a melange of claw and leg bits compared to the pile of succulent tail meat that we enjoyed here. I ordered my Lobsta Roll ($14) Connecticut-style (i.e. with melted butter), and it was was totally fabulous – the split top rolls were buttery and toasty with a tender bready texture, and overflowing with big meaty chunks of lobster tail that were richly coated with butter.  It was an eye-rolling,  lip smacking, finger licking good experience, my only complaint was that chunks of lobster kept falling out of the bun, awww…

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We enjoyed the Crab Roll ($13) the best.  The buttery split top bun was stuffed full of dungeness meat, a pile of tender sweet flesh, each bite was drenched with rich melted butter.   The crabmeat stayed put and was much easier to eat.

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The Lobster Bisque ($7) on the left was lukewarm and not nearly as flavorful as the Clam Chowder ($5) on the right.  The chowda was also hot temperature-wise, which was so very welcome in the damp chill of the evening.  It steamed blissfully and each creamy spoonful was a savory delight, hearty with pieces of bacon and potato and meaty chunks of clam.

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I love that they have a form for location suggestions on their website, think I’ll try to hit them up for the East Bay by me!  The Lobsta Truck aims to please, and everything on their short sweet menu is just plain excellent.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Rosa March 1, 2014 at 10:24 am

Fantastic! I wish we had such trucks here.

Cheers,

Rosa

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Rowena March 2, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Once again….doing the $ to € conversion and dang is that menu cheap or what!!! Fresh lobster/crab is hard to come by here unless you can fork out beaucoup cash, so I can only say that this was a treat to read.

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Shikha @ Shikha la mode March 3, 2014 at 8:26 am

Ahhhh soo jealous that you got to try that truck! It’s been on my radar ever since they came to SF – now I really need to go.

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grace March 3, 2014 at 4:46 pm

i’ve never eaten a lobster roll. i know, it’s unamerican.

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Tara March 3, 2014 at 8:51 pm

Always a delight to read about new places in the city! If I catch them at a food truck event, I think I will have to try the crab roll. It looks great.

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foodhoe March 11, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Ha! Look you are now a crab lover! This is an excellent rendition

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Kirk March 7, 2014 at 8:57 am

Have you noticed any downward movement in menu prices with this past years lobster surplus? Just wondering, because prices here held steady.

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foodhoe March 11, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Hmm interesting point, lobster is so off my radar that I was totally unaware of said glut! Now that I know, I’m going to seek it out more! thanks Kirk!

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Karen Tran March 12, 2014 at 8:25 pm

ooooh. that looks good. I’m definitely going to hunt these bad boys down :)

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Jessica March 13, 2014 at 7:06 am

I have to find this truck… melted butter with sweet succulent crab.. Im all for it!!

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