We love a juicy lobster roll as much as anyone, but lately our crustacean fantasies have gotten a lot more out-there. Restaurants coast to coast are using lobster in incredibly creative new mash-ups, from lobster guacamole to lobster ramen and beyond. Here, the eight we're craving most right now:
Lobster BLT Buns at David Burke Fabrick, New York
Who can forget the "angry lobster" served on a bed of nails at David Burke & Donatella? At David Burke’s Fabrick, the chef attempts something a little less terrifying: an amazing, lobster-y spin on NYC's beloved pork buns. Burke's lobster BLT steamed buns are topped with old bay aioli, candied bacon and jalapeño. Photo credit: David Burke Fabrick.
Lobster Bacon Guacamole at Maradentro, Los Angeles
This Brentwood outpost comes from the same team behind the Mercado Mexican restaurants. For the Westside crowd they've highlighted a favorite Southern California bar snack: guacamole and tortilla chips. But here the guac is mixed with crisp Nueske bacon bits and chunks of lobster, for an extra-rich version to pair with your salt-rimmed margarita on the patio. Photo credit: Harleen Hunjan.
Lobster Ramen at Hinoki + The Bird, Los Angeles
Fans of this sexy Silk Road-themed eatery, just across the street from Creative Artists Agency (CAA), include January Jones, Alicia Silverstone and Anne Hathaway. Sit on the patio for prime star-spotting and indulge in a bowl of the butter lobster ramen with toasted sesame and chili oil by chef Brandon Kida. Photo credit: Hinoki & the Bird.
Lobster pop-tarts at Barton G., Miami and Los Angeles
This wacky restaurant, which prides itself on bringing "culinary theater" to Miami and L.A., has come up with its own twist on Pop Tarts. The spin on the childhood classic is made with lobster, Gruyere and Pernod mornay sauce, baked in flaky phyllo pastry, and served popping out of a toaster. While you're there, you might as well double up with the Lobster Trap Truffle Mac N Cheese, served inside the lobster shell. Those presentations definitely take up space, so Just make sure you clear enough room on the table for the beer or rose you'll want to wash it all down. Photo credit: Barton G.
Lobster Trio at Michael Mina, San Francisco
Chef Michael Mina started making lobster pot pies more than a decade ago, and now his namesake restaurant ups the ante with his signature lobster trio tasting menu. On any given night, the lobster-three-ways dish includes the super-fresh, juicy crustacean paired with ingredients like tangy spiced avocado, seared earthy mushrooms or a creamy corn bisque. Photo credit: Eric Wolfinger.
Lobster Panzanella at Ceia Kitchen + Bar, Newburyport, MA
Rustic Newburyport restaurant Ceia's kitchen is overseen by chef Jeremy Glover, who works closely with local farms to source produce grown specifically for his dishes, like the vibrant lobster Panzanella. Apart from chunks of fresh lobster, his riff on the Italian bread salad is full of pickled mussels, charred sourdough, ramps and warm sea butter vinaigrette. Photo credit: Ceia Kitchen + Bar.
Lobster Poutine at Doheny Room, Los Angeles
L.A.'s food truck scene is the inspiration behind the eclectic menu at the Doheny Room, overseen by sbe Entertainment Group chef Danny Elmaleh, who also helms the kitchens at Cleo and Katsuya. His spin on the Canadian classic poutine involves a hearty portion of fries topped with poached lobster, bisque, gravy and cheese curds. Dainty eaters, steer clear. Photo credit: Ryan Forbes.
Lobster Mashed Potatoes at Ocean Prime, NYC, Boston, Dallas, Detroit, Beverly Hills, Philadelphia & More
Because creamy, butter mashed potatoes are just not indulgent enough, apparently, Ocean Prime serves its version with lobster. And trust us, you'll want some. The restaurant has outposts everywhere from L.A. and NYC to Denver and Philadelphia, and its Washington, D. C. branch opens later this summer. Photo credit: Ocean Prime.
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