Luke’s Lobster Shack, at the corner of 2nd and Mission St., invites San Franciscans to a taste of Maine with lobster, crab, and shrimp rolls, along with a bevy of delicious side dishes, like their Lobster Bisque.
I visited one sunny Monday for lunch, and naught but 5 minutes after I placed my order, my feast arrived: a Lobster Roll Flight, an order of Slaw, and a side of Lobster Bisque, all paired with a root beer made from cane sugar.
I made moves on the Bisque. Creamy with a dart of pepper spice and luscious bits of lobster in the mix— it was satisfying as could be.
I then took to nibblin’ the slaw, and was met with a flavorful fusion of mustard dressing and poppyseeds, overlaid upon a house vinaigrette. Sans mayonnaise, for a lighter touch.
The food was so good that even as I ate, my appetite grew.
It was soon high time for the Lobster Flight! And I’m not talking about crustaceans in the sky, but rather something perhaps equally as alluring: the final installment of my meal: a plate of three lobster rolls, each with a distinct and very tasty butter.
I went for the honey dijon-buttered roll first. The sweet and tangy nature of the butter, combined with the tasty lobster meat, all held by a fresh and warm New England style split-top bun amounted to supreme tastiness. I wasted no time in moving on to the next roll, the lemon butter selection. It was likewise delicious, with a classic finesse.
The third roll did not disappoint either. The truffle butter roll’s deep piquant satisfied me perfectly.
I sipped my cold root beer and savored the experience.
The sun shone through the windows and the restaurant was bright. Colorful buoys adorned the back wall to give the place an authentic nautical feel. I was told they were the real deal, too, and were taken off a lobster boat in Maine.
Luke’s re-opened in mid-May and I am sure glad they did. The food is delectable and the ambience is comfortable. In short, a real treat for San Francisco.
Luke’s Lobster Shack is located at 92 2nd Street, and is open 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Friday.