What to Eat at Tonight’s Tasting Table Lobster Rumble
Our stomachs are rumbling as Tasting Table gears up to host their sixth annual Lobster Rumble featuring over 25 lobster rolls from across the country, with each vying to be crowed fan favorite. Since the all-you-can-eat extravaganza allows guests to taste and vote on their favorite lobster roll, we narrowed down a handful of must-try rolls as a sneak peek to the festivities tonight! Since nothing says summer like a lobster roll (and the beach), click through for a ‘virtual’ taste of what’s to come.
Extra Fancy (Brooklyn, NY) – This crab-shack-chic eatery serves New England-style seafood plates, creative cocktails and craft beer. With Time Out NY naming the restaurant as the ‘best summer seafood dishes in NYC,’ and celebrity chef Daniel Boulud deciding to host his birthday at the restaurant with other chefs, the seafood go-to-spot telling a consistent ‘tale’ by preparing a Connecticut Style Lobster Roll with smoked paprika mayo, garlic butter and chervil.
King & Duke (Atlanta, GA) – California native and chef-owner EJ Hodgkinson’s restaurant is known for preparing locally-sourced dishes with a primitive technique and approach—by letting the ingredients of the dish speak for itself. His technique for preparing sustainable food and cooking dishes ‘heart style’ of a wood has earned him accolades, such as the restaurant being named “One of the Best Restaurants of the Year” by GQ Magazine and Esquire. Chef Hodgkinson will be bringing his skills to the event by preparing a Connecticut-style roll with butter-poached lobster served on toasted brioche with celery leaves and lemon.
Luke’s Lobster (New York, NY) – With multiple locations in New York and a rapidly growing brand, the quick service lobster shack lives up its name from having experience in the industry. Since the founder’s father has decades of experience sourcing lobster himself, the locations serve diners sustainable and extremely fresh lobster. At the event, they’ll be serving their signature Main-style chilled lobster roll on a buttered and toasted New England, split-top bun, with a swipe of mayo, drizzle of hot lemon butter, and a dash of secret seasoning.
Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co (St. Louis, MO) – Nominated as a James Beard semifinalist in the Midwest category, chef-owner Kevin Nashan is preparing a lobster roll two ways: Connecticut- style (warm with drawn butter) and Maine-style (cold with the lobster lightly-tossed in mayonnaise, lemon zest and chives).
The Mermaid Inn (New York) – As one of New York City’s seafood mainstays, with locations in the East Village and Upper West Side and with many claiming the eateries to have the best lobster rolls in Manhattan, we’re clawing at a chance to taste their mound of Maine lobster meat, seasoned with lemon zest, chives, Old Bay and cayenne, which will be sitting atop a perfectly toasted and buttered Martin’s potato roll.
Thames Street Oyster House (Baltimore, MD) – Serving traditional and modern Maryland Mid-Atlantic and New England seafood, Executive Chef Eric Houseknecht ‘s dishes have been named, ‘Best Of’ for practically every food category in the area. At the event, they’ll be serving up a hot lobster roll with a butter-poached tail and claw meat on a griddled split-top brioche bun, using only fresh cracked cold water Maine lobster.
The Clam Shack (Kennebunkport, ME) – Open since 1968 and under current owner Steve Kingston’s direction since 2000, The Clam Shack is known for serving the freshest seafood around. With stiff competition in Maine, Kingston’s secret comes from where he harvests his lobster. Utilizing lobster from one of the oldest local seafood markets in the area, the just-caught crustacean is steamed in ocean water and then picks the meat by hand. Applying this special technique to the lobster roll, they will be serving one pound lobster piled on to a grilled bun from a local bakery, with just a touch of mayonnaise and a drizzle of melted butter.