You no longer have to go searching for a lobster truck in DTLA. The people behind the Lobsta Truck have opened a brick and mortar restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles called Lobsta Shack. The restaurant opened late last year on Cesar E. Chavez Avenue just west of Grand Avenue, and although I have driven past it many times I finally stopped in to check it out.
The restaurant has a very New England feel. It’s very casual dining. You place your order at the counter and they deliver your food to your table. I let my husband order first and he went straight for the Lobster Roll ($20) served with fries. This sandwich contains the meat of an entire lobster on a New England split top roll. You have your choice of hot drawn butter or the seasoned mayo. He added a side of corn on the cob ($2). Because he ordered the lobster roll, I went for the Crab Roll ($19) with fries. This sandwich contains the meat of two whole crabs and is also served on the split top roll with butter or mayo. I also ordered the Steamers, a bowl of New England Count Neck Clams steamed and served with a wine garlic sauce ($10).
We were questioning a $20 lobster roll and a $19 crab roll, but after just one bite we realized they were so worth it. And for $10, the bowl of clams might be one of the best bargains ever. These clams were huge, unlike most steamed clams you find on the west coast. I’m not really a fan of French fries, but the Lobsta Shack’s fries are thin and crispy with just the right seasoning.
According to the Lobsta Shack website, the owners get their lobster delivered fresh, but finding the right bread wasn’t so easy. They tried a few types of bread, but couldn’t find the traditional split top New England rolls in L.A., so like the lobster, they get their bread fresh from New England.
The restaurant is open daily from 11am to 10pm. There is free parking off Bunker Hill Avenue. I can’t wait to head back to Lobsta Shack to try their Lobster Mac & Cheese, Clam Chowder and Lobster Grilled Cheese.
Lobsta Shack 701 W. Cesar E. Chavez Avenue (west of Grand Avenue) 323.999.1797