A Sandwich a Day: Lobster Roll from Da Lobsta

A Sandwich a Day

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[Photograph: Dennis Lee]

Yes, the place is called Da Lobsta. No, it's not a joke. I can even picture JFK saying "Da Lobsta" in my head in a cartoonish voice. And all Da Lobsta serves are... pork chop sandwiches. Just kidding, they serve a mean lobster roll ($12.95) on a traditional split-top New England style bun.

Their version is lightly tossed in tarragon mayo and garlic butter, which I was initially afraid would overpower the delicate shellfish, but the dressing is so light that all you taste is the beautiful lobster. The tiny dusting of celery salt on top adds a slight concentrated grassy flavor. To ensure you get all the bits of meat, they top the roll with the spongy knuckle and claw meat in their entirety, which is a nice detail. The bun is grilled on both sides, with a bit too much butter, making each bite a bit greasy. But when lobster is involved, I'll forgive almost anything. We can officially add this one to the list, and at $12.95, the price is just right.

Da Lobsta

12 East Cedar Street, Chicago, IL 60611 (map)