#160 - Lobster Me, Las Vegas NV

Saturday was a long day in Vegas.  Woke up early, worked out, went to brunch at Hash House a go go, went to Rent the Runway with Michele, and then hit the casinos.  We had originally talked about going to the pool, but when it came time to really go out there, everyone bailed on the idea.  Kacey, Brad, Lindsay & Steven went to go meet another couple at New York New York for drinks and dinner, so again it became Reilly, Michele, Shauna and me in the casino.  After a while we were hungry.  Not Shauna, because I swear she only ate twice the whole trip.  We really probably shouldn't have been hungry for the rest of the trip after our big brunch, but losing money in the casino does that to you.  

Reilly, Michele and I walked over to Lobster Me.  We went to the location in the Canal Shops at The Venetian, so we didn't even have to walk that far.  There's another location at Planet Hollywood on the strip, as well as a location in Bethesda, MD at Montgomery Mall. I used to go to Montgomery Mall all the time when I lived in Maryland. But once I moved out to Columbia I started going to Columbia Mall, which was a mile from my house. Obviously I need to go back to Montgomery Mall this summer.

It's in a food court, and at first glance it's kind of sketchy that you would get good lobster from a food court.  And a whole bunch of lobster at that

No surprise, the menu is all about lobster.  Rolls, tacos, mac & cheese, grilled cheese, sliders and more.  They've also got a few non-lobster dishes, including fish tacos, shrimp sliders, and clam chowder.  They even have a kids menu with a few different items.  

I went with the Cajun roll, salt & vinegar fries, and a lemonade. 
Chilled lobster meat with Cajun mayo & spices
One bite and I fully understood Reilly and Michele's excitement when they had seen the Lobster Me sign the day before in the shopping mall.  The roll was phenomenal.  Just like you’re in Maine.  Buttery roll, huge chunks of fresh lobster, a little bite to the mayo.  I initially doubted their claim of a pound of lobster in every roll, but I think they’re right.  The cole slaw was delicious too.  Not heavy at all, but still creamy from the mayo. The fries were okay, but I should have just stuck with the house-made chips it comes with. Or just double the cole slaw. For some reason I was on a french fry binge all weekend.  And honestly, none of them lived up to my very high fry expectations. None were bad, but none jumped out at me. I need to quit doing that, and try other sides instead.

I really liked my lemonade too. Very refreshing.  We sat at the counter to eat, and Reilly ordered one.  He asked if it was spiked.  She said no, but said he could add it.  So he did. I watched her make his lemonade and wanted the same thing.  Not only do they add a little bourbon, they also add a scoop of lemon sorbet.  

I’ve never seen that before.  The regular lemonade was good, but this took it to a whole new level of good.  I would have been just as happy with just the scoop of sorbet.

As I'm writing this, a commercial comes on for Red Lobster.  I had to laugh, because there's nothing at Red Lobster that will come even remotely close to Lobster Me.

I will no question be going back to eat here.  When I'm in Vegas and when I'm back home in Maryland as well.  

I used to go to Mongtomery Mall in Maryland all the time. But then once I moved from College Park to Columbia in 2001, I really don't think I ever went back to that mall since Columbia Mall was literally one mile from my house.  Yesterday my parents and I went to Montgomery Mall, and I was completely blown away.  They've added a huge food court, movie theatre, and a couple of full service restaurants.  Lobster Me is part of the food court.

Of course I had to go there.  It wasn't even a question. I went with the new Beltway Roll
Warm Maine lobster tossed with Old Bay, shallots & chives, served in a toasted brioche bun,
topped with butter-toasted Panko crumbs
Just as awesome as the Cajun roll I had in Vegas.  And just like Vegas, they did not disappoint with the amount of lobster piled into the bun. The panko added great texture, and there was just enough Old Bay to give awesome spice. The fries were screaming hot, crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Perfectly cooked.

There's a better than average chance that I'm going back there before the end of my vacation.