Chicago’s lobster fans will have another great team to cheer for on June 5when Da Lobsta’s team of lobster roll craftspeople compete in the 5th annual Lobster Rumble in New York City. This culinary showdown, hosted by Tasting Table, features 24 of the country’s top seafood restaurants competing for top honors. Proceeds benefit Share Our Strength. “We are very proud to be a part of this great event,” said J Wolf, owner and founder. “We will face off against some formidable competition from across the country, but we’re confident that our passion and creativity will put us in the hunt for the title.”
Since its launch a year ago, Da Lobsta has taken Chicago by storm with its creative take on the traditional New England lobster roll. Da Lobsta’s menu includes lobster rolls that go way beyond the traditional variety. When Da Lobsta fans think of lobster rolls, they think traditional New England, but they also think Asian, Mexican, Greek and Indian because Da Lobsta’s lobster rolls are inspired by global cuisines. “Chicagoans are sophisticated about food, and so when we created the Da Lobsta concept, we were passionate about offering several different creations for people who are culinary adventurers. No doubt, this will serve us in good stead at the Lobster Rumble.”
If Da Lobsta’s stature can be measured by its fellow competitors in the Lobster Rumble, it’s considered among the elite. Other contestants include B&G Oysters from Boston; Betony from New York City; Eventide Oyster Company from Portland, Maine; the Dock & Roll Diner from Austin, Texas; Roberts Maine Grill from Kittery, Maine; Thames Street Oyster House from Baltimore; the Clam Shack from Kennebunkport, Maine; L&W Oyster Company from New York City; the Mermaid Inn from New York City; the Ordinary Fancy Seafood Oyster Hall from Charleston, S.C.; Macchialina from Miami; Lobster Joint from New York City; Lure Fishbar from Miami; Luke’s from the New York City and Washington, DC areas.
Tickets for Lobster Rumble can be purchased online; VIP tickets are $265 per person, and general admission is $165 per person. Tickets include unlimited visits to 24 lobster stations and open bar, from 7-10 p.m. VIP tickets include the VIP lounge from 6-7 p.m.
About Da Lobsta
Da Lobsta is owned by founder J Wolf, with locations at 12 E. Cedar St. in Chicago’s Gold Coast(312-929-2423) and in the Chicago French Market at 131 N. Clinton Ave. It was first in the Chicago market with upscale lobster rolls at fast-casual prices, making it affordable for the masses. Da Lobsta’s lobster roll sandwiches are priced at $12.95, and they have clearly raised the bar on fast casual dining.
Da Lobsta serves authentic New England lobster roll sandwiches in addition to several varieties with a tasty twist. The menu also is filled with lobster, crab and shrimp specialties, such as Lobster and Crab Spinach dip, Lobster Grilled Cheese, New England Clam Chowda, Lobster Mac-N-Cheese, and delicious Chopped Salads. Creative lobster roll sandwiches, which can be made with lobster, blue crab or shrimp, include the Asian, the Mexican, the Greek, and the Indian.
In early summer, Da Lobsta will roll out its first food truck, raising the mobile food standard in Chicago with creative, upscale fare at reasonable prices. For more information, visit http://www.dalobstachicago.com