12 Must-Try Lobster Dishes in Dallas
Time to be selfish with your shellfish because summer is all about lobster. And Dallas chefs are doing more with the king-size crustacean than simply throwing it in a pot and serving it with an ear of corn. Here are 12 different ways to get your claws on some luscious lobster without ever repeating yourself.
Lobster fajitas at El Bolero
The newest Mexican restaurant in the Design District is serving up interesting twists on several dishes, but the lobster fajitas (pictured above) are one of the most indulgent. Served with guacamole, shredded cheese, rice, black beans and homemade corn tortillas for rolling your own tacos. Best of all, every Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM, they're just $15.
1201 Oak Lawn Ave., 214-757-9653
Lobster, shrimp and crab pasta at Parigi
Chef-owner Janice Provost’s Italian-meets-French Oak Lawn restaurant is the perfect setting for a delightful take on lobster. Her fresh pappardelle comes loaded with lobster, shrimp, crab, crimini mushrooms and fresh grape tomatoes in a light broth that's super summer-friendly.
3311 Oak Lawn Ave., 214-521-0295
Chicken-fried lobster surf & turf at Fearing's
Celeb chef Dean Fearing's unique twist on the classic seafood-and-steak combo at his Uptown Ritz-Carlton restaurant is a customer favorite. A Bar N Ranch Wagyu beef filet meets chicken-fried Maine lobster on loaded whipped potatoes and a soft spinach taco with smoked tomato gravy.
2121 McKinney Ave., 214-922-4848
Lobster roll at 20 Feet Seafood Joint
Marc Cassel's laid-back Lake Highlands restaurant is famous for its meaty lobster rolls, among the best in the city. Better still, the restaurant is BYOB and the patio is dog-friendly for quite possibly the most casual lobster-eatin' experience possible.
1160 Peavy Rd., 972-707-7442
Lobster macaroni and cheese at Del Frisco's Steakhouse
It may look like a side dish, but diners at this Far North Dallas steakhouse have been known to eat this as a main course. Large chunks of lobster claw meat mingle with creamy pasta before being lightly dusted with bread crumbs (pictured above) for a truly magnificent mac-and-cheese.
5251 Spring Valley Rd., 972-490-9000
Lobster deviled eggs at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
The southern appetizer favorite meets east coast shellfish in this customer favorite. Deviled eggs are topped with shucked and steamed Maine lobster and honey-pepper bacon at this Northwest Dallas steak staple.
10477 Lombardy Ln., 214-366-2000
Lobster grilled cheese at Dallas Fish Market
No kid ever had a grilled cheese like this one. On the lunch menu at this downtown seafood restaurant, you'll find toasted brioche stuffed with lobster meat and citrus mascarpone (pictured above). Served with a lobster miso consommé shooter and duck-fat fries.
1501 Main St., 214-744-3474
Crispy Maine lobster and shrimp spring rolls at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
Ready for lobster with a view? Head to Wolfgang Puck's pan-Asian restaurant high atop Reunion Tower downtown for light, crispy egg rolls jammed full of lobster and shrimp with a honey ten-spice sauce for dipping. It's a must-order whether you're at happy hour or dinner.
300 Reunion Blvd., 214-741-5560
Fresh Maine lobster & baby kale salade at Toulouse Café & Bar
Quinoa, oranges, avocado, shaved fennel and toasted almonds fill the bowl at this Knox Street French bistro. It's then topped with lobster claws and accompanied by a lemon-ginger vinaigrette. Light and satisfying, this is one salad (pictured above) that's terrific for warm weather nourishment.
3314 Knox St., 214-520-8999
Lobster tail etouffée at Sissy's Southern Kitchen & Bar
Lobster gets the Louisiana treatment at Lisa Garza's Henderson Avenue eatery. A pan-seared lobster tail is perched atop shrimp etouffée, Carolina Gold rice, and bacon-wrapped asparagus. Definitely calls for a side of biscuits.
2929 North Henderson Ave., 214-827-9900
Lobster-scallion shooters at Abacus
If there's one dish celebrity chef Kent Rathbun will always be known for, it's this one. Diners at his Knox-Henderson fine dining restaurant can't get enough of this trademark dish. Crispy lobster dumplings studded with scallions, garlic, ginger and lemongrass are served with red chile-coconut sake (pictured above) then slammed back like a tequila shot.
4511 McKinney Ave., 214-559-3111
Robata lobster at Steel
This Turtle Creek sushi restaurant has one of the simplest sounding yet ultimately complex-flavored ways to enjoy a whole lobster tail. Slowly cooked on a charcoal grill, a gigantic tail is served up with assorted vegetables, all with subtle Japanese seasonings.
3180 Welborn St., 214-219-9908