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)


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