Just in time for the cold weather, word came down today that Luke’s Lobster is launching a winter menu. Or a menu augmentation, really. There’s just two new dishes going up on the board, but they’re good ones.
Starting today, the crew behind the counter will be adding lobster grilled cheese sandwiches made with gruyere cheese, buttery white bread and, of course, big hunks of lobster. And for their second trick, they’ll be dishing out lobster mac and cheese. I’ll let them describe it for you…
“For Luke’s mac ‘n’ cheese, the team turned to Hurricane’s Soup in Greene, Maine—the same folks who
create their award-winning chowders and bisques. Hurricane’s is a small company owned by Phil Wilbur [who has] collaborated with the Luke’s team to create a classic, creamy macaroni and cheese with cheddar from Pineland Farms in Maine to accompany the steamed lobster you’ve come to know and love. The Luke’s crew gently hand mixes lobster into each order of mac ‘n cheese
so that it stays fresh and perfectly cooked.”
Sounds like a pretty good lunch, doesn’t it? And to wash it down, Luke’s is also offering hot apple cider, along with their full regular menu.
Luke’s Lobster [f8b8z]
Okay, so remember how excited we were when we heard the news that Luke’s Lobster was coming to town?
And remember how happy I was when I finally got to go there and taste a lobster roll done right (for the first time in longer than I care to recall)?
Well here’s the only thing that could possibly make things even better: I just got word today that Luke’s Lobster is going to start delivery service.
And here are the details…
Two things you need to know about Luke’s Lobster. One, you should go right now. And two, if you didn’t hear me the first time, GO RIGHT NOW. This is the first Philly location of the small, beloved, Maine-based, Manhattan-centered nine-outlet chain that serves idealized roadside-shack lobster rolls. Yeah, yeah, there are crab rolls ($12) and shrimp rolls ($8) and blah blah blah. But what matters here—really, all that matters here—is the $15 lobster roll, done as the lobster gods intended.
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The Thursday that sign is referring to is today. And noon was already two hours ago. So if you’re not at Luke’s Lobster right now, stuffing your face full of lobster rolls, what’s your excuse?
Mine is that I dropped in last night on the soft open/preview and that I’m still kinda stuffed–mostly because, at a certain point, I just gave up on the dining room and started hanging out by the pass rail of the open kitchen, grabbing half-rolls off the trays as fast as the cooks could lay them down. Waiting my proper turn? That’s for suckers. Especially when I’ve already been waiting so long for a lobster roll done right and served for a price that doesn’t immediately put it in the realm of the only-if-someone-else-is-paying expense account lunch.
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Yup. That’s how things are looking right now, with the scheduled May 16 opening of Luke’s Lobster at 130 South 17th Street. And everything that’s got me excited about this place is plain in that picture right there.
Thing 1) They got the roll right–a flat-grilled and buttery, squared-off New England hot dog bun.
Thing 2) A lobster roll is supposed to be filled with lobster. Not lobster salad. Not lobster gunked up with a bunch of celery chunks and other filler. Just a little mayo on the bun, maybe–maybe–a little butter drizzled over the top and NOTHING ELSE. Anyone who does it different is doing it wrong, and Luke’s (apparently) is doing it right.
Thing 3) That lobster roll is sitting on a plank table with no tablecloth. As the lobster god intended.
Stuff that isn’t in the picture? A $15 price point (no, really). The sustainable lobsters (they’re coming from Luke’s own seafood company in Maine) and the fact that, when I told a couple of my New York friends that Philly was getting a Luke’s of its own (it’s a small chain, with locations in New York and Washington D.C. and a truck, which is my next wish for Philly), they all made that “Awwwww…” sound in the backs of their throats and told me how lucky I was that I wasn’t going to have to schlep all the way to Amsterdam Avenue for a fix.
Luke’s Lobster [Official]