The food truck movement has been exploding in our area, but for too long these exotic new purveyors of eclectic, convenient and varied lunch options have kept within the confines of the District.
Thankfully, the trucks have started to expand their territories – making visits to suburban Maryland and Virginia.
As luck would have it, Red Hook Lobster Pound dispatched their flagship truck “Lobby 1” to Silver Spring yesterday, and I took full advantage!
Tipped off by a facebook update, and buoyed by tweets – I learned that Lobby 1 would be landing in Silver Spring at 11:30 AM. A co-worker and I left a little before noon to meet the truck (we were terrified that we would be stuck in long lines if we waited too long). Thankfully, we did not have to wait very long at all.
The truck runs very efficiently, but not to worry – the staff is friendly and you don’t feel rushed at all. This truck offers Lobster Rolls two ways or a Shrimp Roll which I hear is delicious, but I frankly do not see the point – bring on the LOBSTAH!
My gracious lunch companion was kind enough to indulge my food nerd ways, and agreed to split one Maine Roll and one Connecticut Roll with me. We each ordered a meal, which comes with the roll of your choice plus Cape Cod potato chips and a Maine Root soda (no high-fructose corn syrup here!) and brought them back to the office.
Both the Maine and the Connecticut Roll start off with a top-sliced hotdog bun. This is significant for two reasons. The first being that the top sliced buns are baked in such a way that they attach to the ones next to it, necessitating that they be pulled apart from each-other before use. The buns are grilled/griddled before serving, and the slightly rough, torn sides crisp up to create a thin golden crunchy crust. The second reason that the top-sliced bun is significant is that it can hold all the lobster salad you can stuff into it without bursting a seam like a traditional side-sliced bun would. On the whole – the top sliced bun results in a tastier and sturdier lobster roll.
The Maine Roll’s filling consists of a cold lobster salad, dressed ever so lightly with mayonnaise, served on a little lettuce and topped with shards of green onion. The chunks of lobster are large and succulent – and the dressing brings out the natural sweetness in the lobster – I feel that the green onion adds a crunch and sharpness that I really like in contrast to the sweet and creamy salad. This is the perfect roll for a hot summer day – grab a home-made lemonade or maine-root soda and a seat in the shade to fully enjoy the experience.
The Connecticut Roll is better suited for the lobster purist than the lobster roll aficionado. The large juicy lobster chunks are warmed quickly with butter and added to the grilled roll. A squeeze of lemon provided a nice brightness. I wish that there was a little more butter and a little more of the green onion on this roll – but it was delicious none the less! This roll is perfect for a cooler fall day – I have seen that the truck serves hot apple cider in the fall and winter (and if you are really lucky – Chowdah!).
Keep an eye out for these commuting crustaceans in your area – you will NOT be disappointed.
NOTE – One of the best ways I have found to keep an eye on the food trucks and their current locations is on the Food Truck Fiesta website. Check in often for food truck news, location information and much more!