Lobsta Truck - Orange County
You needn’t look further than The Lobsta Truck to realize that this whole food truck thing isn’t about pinching pennies or getting a lot of food for your buck. Until a Foie Gras Truck debuts, The Lobsta Truck is probably the most premium of all the premium-priced, new-age luxe loncheras.
The lobster roll toll is $12. You know how many tacos acorazados from the decidedly old-school Alebrije’s Grill that buys? Three. Three tacos that could feed three healthy-sized people until they slap the table for mercy on how full they are.
But I digress. Look at the thing! There is what I estimate to be a half-pound of the costly crustacean stuffed in that bun. To expect them to charge any less is to be ignorant on how business works.
Is it good? Well, yes. It’s lobster, after all, soaked in butter, shoved into a griddle toasted torpedo-shaped roll-—a vessel that does its due diligence as a transport device to get the meat into your mouth and nothing more.
I much prefer the crab roll though, not because it’s that much cheaper at $11, but because I’ve always liked crab more than I’ve liked lobster. In those strands is a uniform sweetness egged onwards by a subtle seawater brine. The lobster, by comparison, has a bitterness hiding behind its firmer flesh.
And then I think about all the labor and effort involved in extracting crab meat. By comparison, disrobing a lobster is child’s play. Also, since the crab has a finer grain meat, it's able to fill every available nook-and-cranny with a suffusion of flavor.
Even with an expensive and decadent treat like this, I’m always thinking about how to maximize my investment. But that’s just how I am.
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