Lobster ME’s Seafood Dishes Linger
Traveling on Interstate 15 to discover a Mesquite restaurant, I drove a little too far.
I had soon passed the Mesquite, Overton and Moapa exits; The lights of Las Vegas alerted my tired eyes, and vagrants waiting for the bus and limos likely filled with C-List celebrities flagged down the Strip.
I parked, hid all valuables in my car out of sight and my travel companion and I embarked to find a worthy place to grab a bite to eat in a city where everything attracts attention. attention – whether worthy or not.
We slumped on a couch in the Miracle Mile stores at Planet Hollywood at 2 a.m. Liquid vending options numbered four or five on the sides of each aisle.
However, the kitchens had been closed for the night, the staff told me in a few places. We searched for a restaurant – any restaurant – me on a tight deadline, fumbling for car keys in pockets among sketchy advertisements and ready to give up and get out of Vegas before Vegas caught me.
Then a closed establishment in the Miracle Mile food court caught my adoration for seafood: Lobster ME.
With a name like that, the menu was packed with what you’d expect, and the option of eating lobster rolls, lobster tacos, or lobster cheese fries made us want to stay the night.
I wanted shellfish to surround me like Ariel from “The Little Mermaid”, so we settled into a $70 room which we barely spent 6 hours in and returned the next day for a pleasant surprise.
The line to checkout included both uncertain but ready new customers and regulars bragging about Lobster ME like you’d hear in a small-town family restaurant. The dining options on the Strip are endless, but Lobster ME was competing against better known and bigger restaurants for customers.
And yes, his selling point was lobster.
The offerings included a few non-lobster dishes — fish tacos and shrimp sliders, even hot dogs for the kids — but my mate and I didn’t extend our trip to a place it’s a bad idea to say that we ordered clam chowder from a place called Lobster ME.
She went for lobster and fries, I went with the lobster grilled cheese and we shared a lobster Mary to drink. The staff served us quickly and kept awkward small talk to a minimum: perfect for Vegas because you need all the time you need to plan your next move and wonder why you’re really there in the first place.
The lobster grilled cheese captured all my thoughts, however, and continued long after the last bite.
The cheese in the sandwich deserved as much praise as that certain sea creature; strands of it would struggle against my bite, only surrendering and soaring into my mouth after stretching it a yard.
The taste of grilled cheese also lingered. A few hours later on the way home I ran my tongue over my teeth and got a few more sips of the leftover starters, a triumph for Lobster ME considering all the tastes one might have in the mouth when leaving Sin City.
But the Lobster Mary transcended everything else during our lunch at Planet Hollywood.
Exactly like a Bloody Mary, the drink’s only contrast was, you guessed it, a lobster claw instead of the traditional celery.
The claw beckoned us with every sip; we waited to chew until we were almost done drinking. It quickly sank into the liquid until our sips of the spicy but not too hot drink discovered it.
She took a bite, I took a bite, and something rare for the Strip happened: smiles not brought on by expensive shows or massive amounts of vice.
The only disappointment of the visit could surprise.
In the case of lobster and fries, we needed more shellfish.
Only one piece of lobster came with the dish. Prices could surely be in the upper $20 or lower $30 if pounds of lobster graced each of the menu selections, but we stuck for the restaurant’s namesake, and in this case, the name Lobster (a Little of) ME seemed a little more appropriate.
The delicious fries were a hit, however, and we weren’t the only food court customers happy to have chosen Lobster ME over all the other options.
The Strip’s top dining choices might interest you on your next trip to Vegas, but don’t overlook Lobster ME. A quick stop there will make you sad that its intriguing menu has to stay in Vegas.
If you are going to
• Where: Planet Hollywood, 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. Suite 435, Las Vegas
• Hours: 10am-11pm Sunday to Thursday, 10am-midnight Friday and Saturday
• Price scale: $4 – $17
• Contact: Visit www.lobsterme.com or call 702-562-7837