5 Must-Try Lobster Rolls in AustinBy Megan Giller
July 23, 2014
The only bib you need is the Bibb lettuce that comes on these delicious rolls.
Dock and Roll Diner
Austinites in the know flock to South First for the overflowing rolls at this cute trailer next to Gourdough’s and its second location in Westlake. The Maine Event comes with a quarter pound of the good stuff served cold with house mayo, Old Bay lemon butter and chives. But for a little flair go with the Austin Roll with Serrano pepper sauce, diced onion and cilantro, plus a side of Mexican street corn. The doughy rolls are baked fresh daily at local bakery Sweetish Hill.
Chef Larry McGuire’s South Congress people-watching spot also boasts the first serious lobster roll in town. Indulge at brunch, lunch or dinner: the popular item is on every menu. We like to sit on the relaxing, misted patio on a Sunday and enjoy the enormous sandwich with drawn butter, Bibb lettuce and housemade mayo after a round or two of fresh oysters.
Garbo’s Fresh Maine Lobster
Owner Heidi Garbo is from Maine, and her family flies in fresh lobster for her rolls daily. Get your sandwich Maine-style with mayo, celery and Bibb lettuce, or CT-style, brushed with lemon-tarragon drawn butter and scallions (don't miss the clam chowder as a side). Look for the roaming food trailer around town; the brick-and-mortar will open any day now in Wells Branch.
Pamela Jane’s New England Lobster Rolls
Pamela grew up working at her father’s seafood markets on the southeastern coast of Maine, and she brought her family’s recipes to Austin. Unlike the other places on this list, Pamela Jane’s comes to you, in the form of boxed lunches. The hearty meals include a sandwich with North Atlantic lobster and roasted shallot butter with lemon and fresh herbs, potato chips, a homemade whoopee pie and drink.
Clark’s Oyster Bar
It almost feels like cheating to put Clark’s lobster roll on the menu, because it’s pretty much identical to Perla’s (it’s called its “little brother,” after all). The seafood restaurant in Clarksville is also owned by Larry McGuire, and you’ll find the same freshness and attention to detail. We can’t help but like the maritime-meets-ladies-who-lunch theme here.