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Cousins Lobster Truck: great first experience for me


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Cousins Lobster Truck: great first experience for me

silence9 | | Aug 5, 2013 11:48 AM

Hiya... Wife and I went to the weekly/Friday evening food truck experience on Chatsworth St. in Granada Hills (we 3 miles away). Pretty awesome selection of trucks every time, usually about 30 or more lining each side of the street for several blocks. Side-street parking is anxiety-inducing, but can be accomplished with a bit of effort, and so far, the crowd of patrons are OK or better, with lots of young families and a moderate smattering of tolerable hipsters.

Finally saw the Cousins lobster truck about which I've read here on the LA board, and honed in on that, as I rarely find lobster rolls around town (or perhaps don't look astutely enough). The line was not short, but not too long either, as the pricing is a double-edged sword that keeps the throng of lobster admirerers down to a reasonable herd. So I went for it, BIG TIME (three lobster rolls for ME!!)

The price is about $12.95 per roll. Maine-style and Connecticut-style, or some such differentiation (one served cool w/mayo on toasted lobster roll, and one serve warmed with butter on toasted lobster roll). I ordered two of the warm/butter versions, and one of the cool/mayo versions. My choice was perfect.

The roll/sandwich isn't huge, but its' just fine for the price; one is almost enough and three (what I ordered) is almost too much. It felt like easily 4 ounces of good quality claw and tail meat in each sandwich. Just the right amount of butter and mayo on each, and not over-the-top unctuous. The bread/rolls could have been just slightly more toasty.

They have a good system in place, because I only waited about ten minutes for my order of three lobster rolls (and an order of three shrimp tacos for the wife -- which were OK, but nowhere near as great as the lobster, natch). The young fellow taking my order was super nice and congenial/cool (like Glen Philips from Toad The Wet Sprocket) and even made a funny announcement over the speaker when my three sandwiches were ready, that made the crowd laugh).

Next time, I will show more restraint and just order two lobster rolls from the Cousins truck, and then get a third one from across the street at the nearby Lobsta Truck, by way of comparison. My three lobster rolls set me back about $40, plus a nice tip for the crew manning the truck, but it was the most enjoyable lobster experience I've had in several years, on a near perfect Los Angeles summer evening...

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