Smackdown: Lobster Roll

The beachy simplicity of this New England seafood treat makes it a natural for O.C. A few rules govern its construction: lobster meat, judiciously dressed with mayonnaise or melted butter, and a soft, open-top bun. With so few ingredients, each must be top quality. We compare two Orange County mobile-vendor contenders.

Wink’s Lobster

• Wink’s sandwich is straightforward: lobster meat, melted butter or mayonnaise or both, and a properly griddled roll. $12

• A generous pile of tender meat, with plenty of large chunks, almost spills out of the roll.

• Melted salted butter or Best Foods mayonnaise is flavorful, and sensibly avoids the too-much-of-a-good-thing territory.

• A great sandwich, with each bite delivering tender lobster supported by a crisped roll.


Lobsta Truck

• Lobsta Truck’s roll is imported from New England; meat is dressed with clarified butter or a tangy mayonnaise dressing. $12

• There’s a good amount of meat, but it’s a bit overcooked, and in no danger of overflowing.

• The sandwich is slightly overdressed, and the proprietary sauce’s seasoning is too reminiscent of relish-flecked tartar sauce.

• Good, but could use a little more lobster, a little less dressing, and a leaner, crisper roll.


The Verdict
Lobster rolls are few and far between in O.C. Lobsta Trucks’ are a treat, but Wink’s, above, is the clear winner.


Photograph by Priscilla Iezzi

This article originally appeared in the September issue.

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