I know what you’re thinking. We all could have thought of better names for a lobster roll concept restaurant. But apparently Da Lobsta’s name was inspired by an LA food truck that also specializes in variations on the classic sandwich. Here the eight different lobster rolls (or slightly cheaper crab or shrimp rolls) range from traditional to vaguely ethnic renditions like the Mexican (with salsa, guacamole, lettuce), the Greek (feta, tzatziki, tomato), and the Indian (mango chutney and a potato-paneer salad). Still, when you’re spending $13 on a lobster sandwich, it’s more fun to actually taste lobster. So I went with the traditional, whose tarragon mayo I didn’t detect—just big pieces of sweet claw meat with a drizzle of garlic butter, served on a grilled New England-style hot dog bun. Excepting its use of cavatappi, I can’t think of anything particularly nice to say about the lobster mac ’n’ cheese ($8), and the lobster chowder was bland, but the spot’s friendly if a little hokey, what with the replica seafood-stand signs and anthropomorphized lobster mascot in sunglasses.
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