August has always been considered the last hurrah of summer. Time to get in those final beach days, take the family on a one day trip, or just enjoy those lazy, crazy , days of summer.
In the Gold Coast, between chic restaurants and boutiques, lies a summer oasis that looks like it belongs in the Hamptons . Diners can indulge in original seafood dishes that are reasonable and delicious. The owner, Jay claimed that he opened Da Lobsta, just because he felt that it was a very original idea that nobody else had thought of before.
Walking into the bistro, you are greeted by wooden plank tables and poles tied together with heavy ropes. It does give one a feeling of a seaside resort The day we visited , everyone was so friendly and helped us to pick dishes that would enhance our dining experience.
The mainstay of Da Lobsta is the classic lobster roll and they do not skimp on the meat here. Flavored with a tangy, tarragon mayo and accompanied with a sweet dill cole slaw, the roll is obviously the King. It is also the basis for other variations of the “Roll” Each roll takes on its own personality with its fixins. We got to gnosh on several of these yummy treats. With my knowledge of Indian cuisine, I had to try their version. With absolutely no heat, it was heavenly with a mango chutney and potato paneer that meshed well together with their sweet and tangy flavors. The Greek reminded me of eating a lobster gyro. There was the basic lobster roll , except with feta, vegetables , and tzatski sauce. The Surf and Turf paired the meat with applewood bacon for an exciting taste treat. You will also be happy to know that their salads are stuffed with the usual veggies and lots of lobster meat. I got a piece in every tasty forkful. They were not small pieces either.
Even though we are months away, we also sampled some of the cold weather fare. I was especially anxious to try their soups. The New England clam chowder was thick and peppery and loaded with clam chunks. It was what I would expect in a chowder. The other soup we tried was a sweet tomato bisque. It had a cheesy taste to it, and sure enough the cheese was romano. Jen got the perfect pairing with the bisque, a grilled cheese and lobster sandwich. The bread was toasted, the cheese melted evenly , and the added bonus was the lobster meat. The lobster mac and cheese passed the test and didnt lack in the cheese department at all. With dishes like this, we knew we would be returning in the not too distant future when cold Windy City winds blow. It’s the perfect warmup.
With such great food , great service, and great prices, Da Lobsta is definitely worth da trip. It is located at 12 E Cedar Street .