A Sandwich a Day: Lobster Club at Hubbard Inn

A Sandwich a Day

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Don't get tripped up by the name. The Lobster Club ($15) at Hubbard Inn is really just a lobster roll, right down to the top-split and grilled bun. Sure, bacon makes an appearance, so at least part of the "club" name makes sense, but the real question here is whether this is a great lobster roll or a disappointing one. For whatever reason, most lobster rolls I've tried fall into one of those two extremes. That's probably due to the fact that the sandwich is always expensive, so it's either worth the cost of admission or not. (You can find my picks for the best ones in Chicago here.)

Sadly, this one belongs in the disappointing camp, solely because the lobster meat is shredded instead of left in big chunks. Nothing can save a lobster roll that commits this sin. Even a perfectly crispy and salty piece of bacon can't save the day. I mean, I still ate the whole thing, but it could have been so much more satisfying.

Hubbard Inn

110 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654 (map)