Thursday, July 11, 2013

Maine-line This: Garbo's Lobster Truck

Last summer, two girlfriends and I headed off to Maine for a first annual girls' trip and food pilgrimage. We spent four glorious days escaping the Texas heat, reveling in the gorgeous Maine landscape, and eating lobster. Lots and lots of lobster.

One of the (many) casualties of our trip.

This summer, as the heat has slowly taken hold of our fair city, I've found myself spending an undue amount of time dreaming of Maine. I'd cast about a little for the perfect lobster roll here in hopes of transporting at least my taste buds north, but to no avail. Then, I discovered Garbo's lobster truck.

There is something to be said for doing one thing, and doing it really, really well. Garbo's has two offerings: a Maine-style lobster roll and a Connecticut-style lobster roll. On the Maine-style roll, the lobster is tossed in Garbo's homemade mayo with a bit of celery and some seasonings. On the Connecticut-style roll (my favorite of the two), the lobster is dressed with lemon tarragon butter and topped with some chopped scallions. In both cases, the rolls are made on lovely buns from Sweetish Hill. And in both cases, the rolls are ah-may-zing. Overflowing with tender lobster. Just enough moisture from the mayo or the butter to tie it all together without overwhelming the lobster flavor. In short, a $14 trip to Maine without having to jam yourself into a tiny seat for three hours.

Connecticut-style, baby.

These rolls truly rival their counterparts up north. Now if Garbo's could just bring some of that gorgeous Maine summer weather down here, I'd be the happiest woman alive.

(various locations - check website for schedule)


  1. Hi. I need to go to Maine with you on a food pilgrimage.

  2. I can't believe how amazing that looks. Those photos are exquisite. You captured the essence of lobster-y goodness.

    1. The lobster and the lobster roll did all the work, here...they were so beautiful, it was impossible for them not to look good! Thanks for visiting, Ms. Mad Betty - always greatly appreciated!

  3. Want want want. want want want.

  4. We are going there as fast as we Colorado right now but Garbo's is our next stop in Austin.....besides, of course, home!

  5. Will be in the Rockport area, staying at the Samoset Resort. Any good lobster and/or rolls in the area? I'm sure there are many, but would prefer a good reference. We live in Dallas, and have heard awesome things about the Garbo food truck! I would love some good tips for places to dine, shop, etc. in Maine. Thanks for your advice!!!

    1. Hi Linny,

      We flew into Portland and drove up to Boothbay Harbor, then took a day trip to Monhegan Island. You are a little north of where we were, so I unfortunately can't be helpful for recommendations in Rockport. However, if you're flying into Portland, we had such a nice meal at Fore Street there one evening, and we thoroughly enjoyed strolling their lovely little farmer's market. Also, I'm a little challenged as far as Maine geography goes, but one of these spots might be near Rockport or on your way there...

  6. OMG........Suzie is allergic to shell fish... I don't think I can show this post to her, she will just cry.. so yummy...

    1. Thanks for the comment, Jens! Poor, poor Suzie...what a tough thing to have an allergy to! Maybe you could sneak over there by yourself sometime when she isn't looking, though... ;)

  7. I've spent about 8 weeks this year in Bath, ME for work, and probably eaten twice my body weight in lobster. I've yet to try Garbo's here at home in Austin, but everyone I know raves about the place.

    Another great article and photos MC!


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