Da Lobsta -A Little Bit of New England in the Windy City

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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 .

IMG_4242 This is where it all begins. Da Lobsta ‘s talented artist diagrams their classic roll

IMG_4253 Covered with a mango chutney and potato paneer, the roll takes on a” Bollywood ” personality.

IMG_4248Creamy and a hint of a cheese taste, the tomato bisque will warm you up , guaranteed. Pair it with a lobster , grilled cheese and its a winner

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IMG_4254 The lobster mac and cheese stands above all .

IMG_4256Da Lobsta will be looking for you soon. I know we will be back!

 

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About chitownstarconnections

Melanie Christy is am actress/singer who came to Chicago to pursue her dreams of acting. Coming from a small town in Ohio she has been enjoying the things that city life has to offer like great cuisine from all parts of the globe, parties with great people including celebrities, gorgeous fashions and of course fun! Follow her, read her blog and learn about all the amazing adventures you can be a part of throughout Chicagoland! Jennifer Hedrick is the photographer and techie for our blogs. She was born and raised here in Chicago. Her love of photography started when she was a child. She has photographed many celebs, events, fashion shows and more. She also considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves food porn. Her other loves include her nieces and nephews, animals and the shows Castle, Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, Grey's Anatomy and Scandal.
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