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Lobsta Truck: A Pictorial Essay

J.L. Jun 17, 2012 04:54 AM

Verdict: It's good! One of the better trucks around. Menu is simple - The sandwiches are a bit expensive, but the quality is definitely there for both the lobsta roll and the crab roll. I really liked their New England style clam chowder also.

They also carry Cape Cod Chips & Whoopie Pies as well.

Highlights: Lobsta Roll, Crab Roll, New England style clam chowder, Whoopie Pies

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    kevin RE: J.L. Jun 17, 2012 08:51 PM

    I really liked their lobster roll when I tried about a year back or more. Great stuff. In fact, I think this is as good as it gets in LA for lobster rolls.

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    1. re: kevin
      janetms383 RE: kevin Aug 7, 2012 02:27 PM

      "The sandwiches are a bit expensive".... Seriously?? The sandwiches are a steal.

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        ns1 RE: janetms383 Aug 7, 2012 02:28 PM

        Relatively yes.
        On an absolute basis no.

        $12 for something that you can eat in 4 bites, or $17 for the XL version which you can eat in 6 bites.

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      Sgee RE: J.L. Jun 17, 2012 08:57 PM

      Yeah ditto, they make a pretty good roll.

      Hit Hungry Cat and Blue Plate Oysterette but fell short of lobsta truck's and too much trouble to make at home.

      1. WildSwede RE: J.L. Jun 18, 2012 05:54 PM

        Yeah, I prefer their crab rolls (with butter) over the lobster ones. They use Dungeness crabs and those are my favorite. YUM!

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        1. re: WildSwede
          sel RE: WildSwede Jun 18, 2012 07:13 PM

          Thanks, now I have to chase them down again to try the crab roll! Only lobstah rolls when I went quite a while ago.

        2. Novelli RE: J.L. Jun 19, 2012 07:51 AM

          I eat off this truck once a month when they have the 1st Thursdays Art Walk in San Pedro. It's the first truck I hit up.

          1. janetms383 RE: J.L. Jun 19, 2012 08:31 AM

            "A bit expensive" are you kidding me!! This has got to be the best deal in town. Three ounces of succulent lobster drenched in butter on a toasted bun for $12. Outrageous.

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              J.L. RE: janetms383 Jun 19, 2012 12:36 PM

              Need to clarify: Hitting the Lobsta Truck is going to be a tad more expensive proposition when compared to most other food truck fare.

              Totally agree that it's a bargain for the amount of lobster you get for the price.

              1. re: J.L.
                Sgee RE: J.L. Jun 19, 2012 01:22 PM

                If you want to be totally insulted on lobster roll quantity/price ratio, go to Son of the Gun.

                They do a good job insulting your wallet .

                1. re: Sgee
                  kevin RE: Sgee Jun 19, 2012 01:46 PM

                  7 bucks for one bite there, though it is pretty darn fucking tasty.

              2. re: janetms383
                Tkn RE: janetms383 Jul 5, 2012 12:41 PM

                These are about the size of a hot dog. I've seen quite a few people ordering two + a chowder. That's a pretty expensive lunch.

                On the other hand, it's lobster! And it's very, very good!

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                GK in SO RE: J.L. Jun 19, 2012 08:33 AM

                The Lobsta Truck is really good.

                However, these guys do it even better...I found the lobster tastier, better dressed (just a real light drizzle of butter and seasoning) and more plentiful than Lobsta Truck's roll.

                I got the Connecticut Lobster roll....YUM!!


                P.S. I also like how Cousins is based on sustainably harvested lobsters.

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                1. re: GK in SO
                  DrBruin RE: GK in SO Jun 19, 2012 10:09 AM

                  I thought CML's lobster roll has more lobster in it, and was more delicately dressed than the Lobstatruck's roll, but the lobster meat itself seemed a little tough.

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                    GK in SO RE: DrBruin Jun 19, 2012 02:08 PM

                    I did detect a slight, and I mean slight, chewiness to CML's lobster, but not enough to be off-putting or make me prefer Lobsta Truck's instead. I really liked the way CML dressed its roll, btw.

                    I'd love to do a side-by-side taste test, but fat chance of those two trucks being at the same location for a "taste off", don't you think?

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                      DrBruin RE: GK in SO Jun 19, 2012 11:58 PM

                      There's have to be a scheduling snafu to end up with both trucks within walking distance of one another.

                      I actually preferred the LobstaTruck's crab roll with butter to their lobster roll.

                      I think I'd rank them LT Butter/Crab Roll > CML Butter/Lobster Roll > LobstaTruck Butter/Lobster Roll. The margin, I'll admit is pretty slim.

                      1. re: DrBruin
                        BrewNChow RE: DrBruin Jun 20, 2012 01:08 AM

                        Has anyone tried the CML crab roll?

                        Also, do people generally prefer the Maine or the Connecticut style?

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                          GK in SO RE: BrewNChow Jun 20, 2012 08:18 AM

                          I haven't tried the CML crab roll yet, but plan to when they make it over to NBC/Universal again for lunch.

                          As for the Maine/Connecticut style debate, you're going to get folks who prefer butter (Connecticut) or who prefer mayo (Maine). I guess there might be some folks who actually like both (instead of one or the other), and I'd be curious too which those folks prefer.

                          Me, I don't like mayo, especially near fish (I just don't get it) so its always the butter-dressed roll that I choose.

                          1. re: GK in SO
                            silence9 RE: GK in SO Jun 20, 2012 08:39 AM

                            Do you not like mayo as a binder in tuna salad sandwiches??

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                              GK in SO RE: silence9 Jun 20, 2012 08:49 AM

                              Not particularly, especially when it's just gooped on as is common. Sometimes its both mixed into the tuna as well as spread on the bread. That's just waaaay too much mayo for me (and, its for taste not health reasons).

                              I don't mind it if it's very, very light in texture and not noticable in flavor. Otherwise, forget about it!!

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                                silence9 RE: GK in SO Jun 20, 2012 08:59 AM

                                I sometimes use green goddess dressing as an alternative binder, as its' herbs seem complimentary to the tuna.

                        2. re: DrBruin
                          intuitivelyobvious RE: DrBruin Jul 4, 2012 10:28 AM

                          Ha! The planets have aligned! I think that both trucks will be at the First Friday event this week on Abbot Kinney in Venice!

                          6:00PM - 11:30PM

                          Venice First Friday

                          1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd.


                          1. re: intuitivelyobvious
                            J.L. RE: intuitivelyobvious Jul 4, 2012 12:25 PM

                            Lobsta Wars!

                    2. re: GK in SO
                      nosh RE: GK in SO Jun 19, 2012 10:41 PM

                      Looked at Cousin's website menu -- No prices. Damn. What do they have to hide?

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                        DrBruin RE: nosh Jun 19, 2012 11:59 PM

                        Nothing... it's like 12-14 bucks for a lobster roll. I really don't recall the exact damage.

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                          GK in SO RE: DrBruin Jun 20, 2012 08:19 AM

                          The one I bought from CML a week or two ago cost $13, and I recall thinking that it was a buck more than the Lobsta Truck's which I had about a month ago.

                      2. re: GK in SO
                        dharmathug RE: GK in SO Jun 20, 2012 11:10 AM

                        sustainably harvested lobsters? that means nothing but advertising for the gullible. if they come from Maine they are all sustainably harvested the minute the trap is pulled out of the water. you can't buy or sell a lobster from Maine that doesn't meet the standard set by Maine Fisheries. The program is a raging success and lobsters are flourishing.

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                        mrsjoujou RE: J.L. Jun 19, 2012 09:46 AM

                        I eat their lobster roll every other week and I prefer theirs to Cousins or Slapfish. Cousins truck is so slow and they cut their lobster's to smaller pieces. As far as Slapfish, they charge you $23,so you get more lobster, but their bun is bigger and not as good. I have to get myself to Maine and eat all the lobster rolls I can possibly can.

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                        1. re: mrsjoujou
                          kevin RE: mrsjoujou Jun 19, 2012 10:23 AM


                          Oh, you mean Maine as in the East Coast, my bad ?

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                            mrsjoujou RE: kevin Jun 19, 2012 11:09 AM

                            Thanks Kevin.

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                            TonyC RE: mrsjoujou Jun 19, 2012 11:37 AM

                            These lobster rolls are in limbo. Too small to really satisfy a lobster want, too expensive to pass as casual sandwiches. Then again, they're doing well, and have spawned 2 immitators so.. wtf do I know.

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                              lynnarro RE: mrsjoujou Jul 4, 2012 07:31 PM

                              doesn't Lobsta use regular bread as the bun??? Does cousins?

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                                Mattapoisett in LA RE: lynnarro Jul 4, 2012 10:12 PM

                                Both the Lobsta Truck and CM Lobster use the New England Split top toasted buns.

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                              ns1 RE: J.L. Jun 20, 2012 09:29 AM

                              How's LT compared to Lobster ME?

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                                Clyde RE: ns1 Jul 4, 2012 12:35 PM

                                I liked my Lobsta roll way more than cousins maine. i hated the spread of mayo on the maine roll. lobsta stirs it in and has the perfect amount. won't do cousins again, but have done lobsta quite a few times.

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                                ns1 RE: J.L. Jul 9, 2012 08:49 AM

                                this truck is more dangerous than my drug dealer.

                                I can eat $17 ($12 + $5 extra meat) lobster rolls all day, and they don't last that long.

                                Lobster bisque was great too. @ 23 for roll + soup, a touch too expensive (for me) to have more than one a month.

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                                1. re: ns1
                                  bruinike RE: ns1 Jul 10, 2012 12:02 AM

                                  I tried it on Friday as well. It was tasty but soooo tiny. It's definitely not a meal on its own. Cousins Maine Lobster truck wasn't at First Fridays as originally reported. They lost their spot so there was no food war on Abbot Kinney!

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                                    ns1 RE: bruinike Jul 10, 2012 09:16 AM

                                    I saw a LOT of trucks driving around Abbot Kinney trying to find parking that night...

                                  2. re: ns1
                                    mrsjoujou RE: ns1 Jul 11, 2012 08:08 AM

                                    I agree. I have been addicted to their lobster roll since last year. I try to limit myself to their truck twice a month, but I could eat that lobster roll every day.

                                    1. re: mrsjoujou
                                      kevin RE: mrsjoujou Jul 11, 2012 04:29 PM

                                      lucky they aren't in the area, this week, so i won't be tempted.

                                      though 12 bucks yes, is very expesive for a truck but not so expensive when you consider it's lobster. has it increase in price from 12 bucks since about a year ago ???

                                      also, the trucks that get me are the ones that serve burgers for 9 or 10 bucks a pop, without any sides, and it's not a good burger at all. you can get a better product for the same price at a sit-down restaurant, no less.

                                      some of the pricing at the trucks really confuses me, i always though that because they didn't have to deal with the cost of a bricks-and-mortar building, a lease/rent, waiters, etc that they would pass those reduction in costs to the customer. i guess not ???

                                      1. re: kevin
                                        ns1 RE: kevin Jul 11, 2012 04:42 PM

                                        If anything prices should be going down since lobster supplies are overflowing.

                                        Also, costs of owning a truck has gone up dramatically as demand has skyrocketed without a corresponding increase in supply.

                                        1. re: kevin
                                          Dommy RE: kevin Jul 11, 2012 04:42 PM

                                          They actually do have to pay rent, at the yard they are REQUIRED to keep the truck at every night and often for commercial kitchens where they prep the ingredients. They also pay for permits (Each city seems to have different ones), insurance, materials, staff (aside from those on the truck).

                                          Also, at places that are B&M, they can't do a $12 lobster roll. More often than not, it's over $20 (and not nearly as good)


                                          1. re: Dommy
                                            kevin RE: Dommy Jul 11, 2012 04:58 PM

                                            yeah, the bricks and mortars are definitely over 20 bucks per. i understand that.

                                            but the burgers for 9 bucks a piece at the trucks, without fries, is pretty costly even compared to an actual sit-down restauarant that i really don't understand.

                                            oh, well,,. that's the craze right now.

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                                              Servorg RE: kevin Jul 11, 2012 05:05 PM

                                              And to think that, back in the day when I worked at the LAX Hughes Aircraft site, I would hit up the roach coach (which came to the parking lot on a daily basis) once a week for a fried polish sausage and egg sandwich (which was about $4 if memory serves)...

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                                                kevin RE: Servorg Jul 11, 2012 05:16 PM

                                                when was that ??? it sounds like it was like 15 to 20 years ago??? actually that still sounds pricey for a roach coach if it was that many years ago.

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                                                  Servorg RE: kevin Jul 11, 2012 05:17 PM

                                                  1974 - so your pricing doesn't seem all that crazy...

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                                      silence9 RE: J.L. Jul 12, 2012 08:18 AM

                                      Since many have mentioned that the it's rather small and one could easily inhale two of them, I think Lobsta Truck should do a foot-long version of their lobster roll, pack it with sweet lobster flesh and charge $25 per. Better to have one huge roll, than to stand around juggling two with both hands.

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                                        ns1 RE: silence9 Jul 12, 2012 10:18 AM

                                        it's like two twix in a wrapper.

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                                        WestsideLisa RE: J.L. Aug 7, 2012 01:42 PM

                                        Does anyone know if the Lobsta Roll will survive "take out", so to speak? Is it even worth it if you can't eat right there at the truck, and want to take it home instead?

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                                        1. re: WestsideLisa
                                          ns1 RE: WestsideLisa Aug 7, 2012 01:50 PM

                                          you could probably finish the roll while walking back to your car...

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                                            J.L. RE: ns1 Aug 7, 2012 05:09 PM

                                            I pretty much inhaled it.

                                          2. re: WestsideLisa
                                            New Trial RE: WestsideLisa Aug 8, 2012 02:01 AM

                                            It should survive a short ride...if you have the willpower. But I would not keep it uneaten for more than 20-30 minutes or it will at least loose some of its succulence, particularly if you go for the hot butter rather than the cold salad. On another note, I almost got to do a one-on-one comparison between the Lobsta Truck and Cousins on Tuesday as both were at 31st and Ocean Park in Santa Monica, unfortunately, by the time I got there, Lobsta Truck had just closed up so the taste-off will have to await a future confluence of the two.

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                                              ilysla RE: New Trial Aug 8, 2012 10:50 PM

                                              Do let us know the results of your taste test. I finally made it to the Lobsta truck a few wks ago (when they were in Culver City). My GOD, it was tasty. I agree w/ those who say it's pricey but a good value (which are not necessarily mutually exclusive descriptions). I think I only got 3 bites out of it, though! I'm not a lobster roll connoisseur, but I thought it was fantastically tender and tasty. I enjoyed it more than the one I had in Boston a yr ago....

                                              Twohey's makes a decent version during the summer, but I don't like how they mince the crab meat. >:/

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                                                New Trial RE: ilysla Aug 9, 2012 02:17 AM

                                                Going just from taste memory, I think Lobsta Truck is probably the one I like better of the two (which is not to say Cousins was not very tasty) but I want to be fair and do an actual side-by-side tasting.

                                                1. re: ilysla
                                                  Servorg RE: ilysla Aug 9, 2012 06:59 AM

                                                  3 bites? That's 1.5 bites more than the lobster roll at Son of a Gun... ;-D>

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                                                    Dommy RE: Servorg Aug 9, 2012 09:00 AM

                                                    Yeah, the one at Son of a Gun is a joke... not nearly as tasty either...


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                                                      silence9 RE: Servorg Aug 9, 2012 09:03 AM

                                                      I wish the photo of the lobster roll above, by the OP, had a plastic fork or a hand in the photo, so a sense of size/scale could be determined.

                                                      Hounds are claiming "three bites", and I've no reason to disbelive that. However those must be some hellacious bites being taken. Judging the photo above, I'd say 4 or 5 'regular' sized bits might be possible. Three bites would be more the signature of ravenous zombies gorging on brains (and I mean that in a good way)...

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                                                        J.L. RE: silence9 Aug 9, 2012 12:36 PM

                                                        Oy vey. I try to post photos for everyone to help describe what I'm eating. I'm sorry if there was no fork handy for a scale comparison. My hands were full with the camera.

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                                                          silence9 RE: J.L. Aug 10, 2012 09:06 AM

                                                          Hey, no insult to your photography intended - I appreciate the tasty photos. I only meant that purely on visuals, it's difficult to tell if the bun is hotdog-length or footlong-length. And if everyone says "three bites", I guess it must be...

                                                        2. re: silence9
                                                          Tkn RE: silence9 Aug 9, 2012 03:18 PM

                                                          Yes, you can always take smaller bites, but good luck with that. I tend to inhale mine and then fight the urge to turn my car around for seconds.

                                                          One is not enough, but two seems a bit much. Will have to try the XL next time.

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                                                            ilysla RE: Tkn Aug 9, 2012 09:21 PM

                                                            Exactly. I was too busy stuffing my face to keep an exact count. It might've been 4 bites.... I'd find it difficult to believe that anyone could get 5 bites.... ;) And I don't think 2 would be too much at all, aside from the damage to my wallet....

                                                            How sad that Son of Gun's is so small.... =(

                                                            I'd say the roll was maybe 5-6 inches?

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