5 Great Lobster Rolls in Los Angeles
Leading up to this year's Best of L.A. issue (coming out Oct. 3), we'll be bringing you periodic lists of some of the best things we've found to eat and drink around town. Ice cream sandwiches and bowls of tsukemen, fish tacos and dan dan mian, cups of boba and glasses of booze. Read on.
Anne Fishbein The lobster roll at Hinoki & the Bird
The lobster roll is a sandwich that should be easy to make delicious. All of its classic components -- lobster, brioche, mayonnaise -- are delicious on their own, so why shouldn't the combination of all three be magical? Somehow, it doesn't always work out that way, and the sum of its parts often turn out not as good as its individual components.
Luckily, there are a number of spots around town that get the lobster roll right -- and now, at the height of beach season, is when we crave them most. Turn the page for five great lobster rolls in L.A.
5. The Hungry Cat
willnorton.com The lobster roll at the Hungry Cat
Purists will argue that the Hungry Cat's lobster roll is more of a lobster salad sandwich than a true lobster roll. Penny-pinchers will argue that, at $25, it's too expensive. We'd argue that, regardless of these things, it's damn delicious. 1535 N. Vine St., Hlywd.; 323-462-2155.
4. Connie & Ted's
A. Scattergood The lobster roll at Connie & Ted's
Michael Cimarusti's new West Hollywood seafood restaurant serves its lobster rolls either hot or cold, and both are paragons of simplicity. Huge chunks of perfectly cooked lobster are very lightly dressed -- with mayo on the cold version, butter on the hot -- and served on a fantastically buttery and light brioche roll. A half-lemon comes alongside to provide extra acid if desired, along with as a heaping serving of very good french fries. 8171 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; 323-460-4170.
8171 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA