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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sam's ChowderMobile

I have to admit, I first signed up for Twitter just to follow the food carts/trucks that have found a huge following here in the Bay Area. So I was happy to learn that Half Moon Bay's Sam's Chowder House had a mobile version, and even happier when they rolled up at lunchtime near my work last week.

$15 is a lot for a sandwich! But I had to try their famous lobster roll, which was voted one of the
Top 5 Sandwiches in America by The Today Show (I'm an easy sell).

I've spent most of my life wondering what a lobster roll would be like. Growing up in virtually lobster roll-less Northern CA, the mention of a "lobster roll" conjured images of New England, lighthouses, windswept beaches where people went to "summer" and capes (not the wearing kind). In other words, I had no real point of reference and wasn't sure what to expect.

Well, this was like the
lobster roll of my dreams. It was bursting with sweet, luscious hunks of tender buttery lobster on an equally luscious and buttery roll. No filler, like onions or mayo or celery here. Just bite after bite of sumptuous meat. And the roll seemed to be specially made to compliment its delicious contents, sweet almost brioche-like, and soft but with a sturdy, toasty exterior. I always thought they came in regular hot dog buns.

It tasted of summer and of the sea. A tad indulgent, totally satifying, a real treat. A few minutes later I was back at my desk, ready to get back to work. But not before making a mental note to next time try
Sam's namesake chowder, fish and chips and calamari. It's nice to have something to look forward to, right?



I. Yah said...

We saw the Chowdermobile at the Eat Real Festival in Oakland last year. I seem to remember the lobster rolls being kind of underwhelming. Not bad, just nothing special. But we had "junior" sized ones there.

Sami and Addie said...

I'm thinking that freshness might have something to do with it - when I had it, the truck had literally just rolled up and everything was fresh and delicious. But thanks for the comment, it was my first lobster roll experience, hence all the gushing! It's good I have a point of reference though...will have to do more "research!"

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