Serious Eats: Chicago
A Sandwich a Day: Lobster Roll at City Porch
Lobster rolls are expensive. That I accept. Especially here in Chicago, where the coast of Maine is a good thousand miles away, I'm willing to occasionally shell out $20 or more for one. It doesn't even have to be traditional. As long as it's tasty, a chef can dress that thing up with whatever he or she thinks is best. All I ask is that the lobster be sweet, juicy, and left in nice large hunks.
What I can't accept is shredded lobster meat. Honestly, I didn't even know it was possible to manhandle lobster in such a way, but City Porch somehow figured how. Sure, this "pop-up" restaurant from the America's Dog folks is located in Navy Pier, so perhaps I had it coming. But at $18, I certainly paid for someone to care.
With so many great sandwiches around, I don't like wasting time writing about the bad. But considering it's in the middle of Chicago's biggest tourist attraction, I feel like a warning is warranted. Overpriced food is one thing, but overcooked lobster should never be tolerated.
600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 (map)
Southeast End of Navy Pier