Yesterday I told you about the best cheesesteak in Austin (along with a dozen other places to buy them), in case you wanted to get in the Super Bowl spirit by eating the trademark sandwich of Philadelphia. In the interest of equal time (and as a nod to my Patriots-loving co-worker, the tireless investigative reporter Jeremy Schwartz), I’ll tell you my favorite lobster roll in town and some other good options, in case you want to get in a New England state of mind/stomach. Yes, I could have gone with places to get clam chowder, but I prefer lobster rolls, and it’s my blog.
My favorite lobster roll in town comes from Garbo’s (14735 Bratton Ln. 512-350- 9814, garboslobsteratx.com), a Wells Branch-area restaurant that also has a couple of roving food trucks. Here’s what I wrote about Garbo’s and its lobster roll in 2016:
Heidi Garbo is a woman with the confidence to go against the grain. After moving to Texas from Florida, the New England native opened a lobster roll truck in landlocked Austin. Then she opened another. Then came a brick-and-mortar restaurant in a part of far North Austin not known for restaurants. The lobster rolls, their crimson knuckle and claw meat bursting from their toasty pouches, serve as the centerpiece for the restaurant.
You can order the roll with Maine style (mayo, celery and lemon) or Connecticut style (drawn butter). The rolls cost $13 at the trailer and $14 at the restaurant.
More solid lobster roll options in Austin:
Clark’s Oyster Bar. 1200 W. Sixth St. 512-297- 2525, clarksoysterbar.com. The jewel box seafood restaurant from McGuire Moorman Hospitality serves a lobster roll dressed with mayo and drawn butter for $34.
Dock and Roll. 1720 Barton Springs Road. 512-924-1766, dockandroll.com. This trailer serves five varieties of rolls with Maine-sourced lobster, from traditional mayo or butter or non-traditional options like spicy or with bacon. Cost is $19.95.
Happy Lobster Truck. Roving. happylobstertruck.com. The food truck from Chicago serves a lobster roll on a hamburger-style bun with a touch of butter and mayo. There’s also a spicy version. $17 for regular size and $10 for junior size.
Monger’s. 2401 E. Cesar Chavez St. 512-215-8972, mongersaustin.com. The market-restaurant serves a lobster roll at dinner. Sold at market price.
Perla’s. 1400 S. Congress Ave. 512-291- 7300, perlasaustin.com. The seafood restaurant with the great patio serves a lobster roll dressed with mayo and drawn butter ($34 at lunch and $35 at dinner).
Salt Traders Coastal Cooking. 2850 N. I-35. Round Rock. 512-351-9724, salttraderscc.com. The seafood restaurant from Jack Gilmore puts a spin on the tradition by adding shrimp to the lobster roll that comes with pickled celery. Cost is $19.