National Lobster Day is Tuesday, September 25th and Chicago Food Magazine has your guide to the best restaurants to grab those crazy crustaceans. However not all lobsters are created equal. What you want to seek out is the sweet, sustainable lobster sourced from Maine.
Why Maine lobster? The crustaceans that are sourced from Maine are not only the sweetest but also the most sustainable lobster on earth. Right now, the lobster industry is in its peak season as the lobsters shed their shells revealing a new, softer shell. The result is Maine New Shell Lobster- a sweeter, more delicate meat. The fishing practices are sustainable in order to keep the fishery healthy so lobstermen can continue to trap year after year.
Not every place will have Maine lobster but below are places to celebrate and indulge for National Lobster Day with preparations in every way, shape and form.
If you are seeking out the freshest lobster in the city, look no further than these seafood joints that serve their Maine Lobster whole or tail:
King Crab House Chicago (1816 N Halsted)- 1.5lbs of Whole Maine Lobster is served two ways: Steamed ($31.95) or Stuffed with Crab and Shrimp ($37.95). Two, 6oz Lobster Tails are also an option ($35.95). All three options include a choice of baked potato, French fries, broccoli, snow or snap pea pods on the side.
Shaw’s Crab House (21 E Hubbard St and in Schaumburg)- Five pounds of whole Maine lobster ($170) served tableside with a choice of mixed green or Caesar salad, drawn butter, au gratin potato and creamed spinach. This big boy is recommended for two people to share. Or for the selfish lobster eaters, there is a 1.5lb option for $56 as well as the Broiled Twin Lobster Tails at 8 ounces each for $74, both served with drawn butter. Shaw’s also features their Maine lobster in Lobster Tacos ($19), Fettuccine ($36), Bisque ($7 cup/10 bowl), Maki ($16) and in several of their combo platters.
GT Fish & Oyster (531 N Wells St)- One pound of lobster for $40 or featured in the Seafood Tower ($125). Guiseppe Tentori’s seafood menu also features a Maine Lobster Roll at market price with fried onion and pickled veggies.
Everest (425 S Financial Place)- The Everest Roast Maine Lobster is a dish upon which Everest claims they have built their reputation. It is served in an Alsace Gewurztraminer Butter and GingerCreated in 1987. For starters, there is a Minute of Chilled Maine Lobster in Michigan Corn Soup with Brioche Croutons.