chinatown, downtown los angeles

Lobsta Truck Opens Brick and Mortar “Shack” in Chinatown Downtown LA

Known for their delicious lobster rolls, the Lobsta Truck has opened its first brick and mortar here in Chinatown, Downtown LA

Known for their delicious lobster rolls, the Lobsta Truck has opened its first brick and mortar here in Chinatown, Downtown LA

Serving Los Angeles since 2008, the Lobsta Truck brought us those delicious mouthwatering lobster rolls New England is famous for. It all started when Lobsta Truck founder and owner Justin Mi came back to LA from a trip to Maine after partaking in a two-day lobsterfest and realized that you really couldn’t get that kind of lobster experience here on the west coast. So the lobsters-on-wheels concept was born and became instantly popular as Angelenos far and wide lined-up to taste that buttery crustacean goodness served on a toasted split-roll made the traditional east coast way. After expanding the Lobsta Truck to the Bay Area earlier this year, Mi is now onto the next evolution of his business opening his first brick and mortar location, Lobsta Shack, here in Chinatown in Downtown LA.

The menu is simple. If you salivate just thinking about lobsters or seafood, this place is definitely for you! Mi has brought in LA’s Chef Jose Monterrosa (JW Marriott LA Live) to take the helm at the new location. The menu includes not only the mouthwatering lobster rolls served with the most amazing thin-cut fries you’ll ever have sprinkled with truffle salt, but also other New England seafood staples like thick clam chowder or the lobster bisque soup. Start off with a lobster mac and cheese made with Orecchiette pasta topped with toasted bread crumbs. There’s also shrimp, salmon, and mahi mahi entrees. And of course, you can’t miss out on the live whole lobster that can be served either steamed or grilled. (I prefer grilled.)

Lobsta Shack (click for menu) is now open at 701 W Cesar Chavez Ave from 11 am to 10 pm daily.

Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder

Lobster Bisque Soup

Lobster Bisque Soup

Lobster Mac & Cheese

Lobster Mac & Cheese

Big chunks of lobster meat

Big chunks of lobster meat

The AMAZING Lobster Roll on toasted split rolls

The AMAZING Lobster Roll on toasted split rolls

The Lobster Roll served with thin-cut truffle salt fries

The Lobster Roll served with thin-cut truffle salt fries

Get a whole live lobster grilled to perfection

Get a whole live lobster grilled to perfection

Look at those beauties

Look at those beauties

Cracking into those lobster claws

Cracking into those lobster claws

The aftermath :)

The aftermath :)

The Lobsta Shack is now open in Chinatown at Cesar Chavez and Grand Ave

The Lobsta Shack is now open in Chinatown at Cesar Chavez and Grand Ave

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9 Comments

  1. Shabaz says

    As much as I love Chinatown becoming a great place to experiment the new food trends of this city (i.e. Pok Pok, Chego, Starry Kitchen, Little Jewel, etc.), I long for the day when I can eat authentic/tasteful Chinese food again in the once burgeoning food mecca that has seen better days for its traditional eats (that includes the sorry state of the few Chinese bakeries remaining in the neighborhood). Makes sense that this has happenned as the ethnic Chinese and other Far East Asians (who long for traditional foods) have left this neighborhood for the wide suburban expanses of the SGV, making that region one of the capitals of Chinese and Indo-Chinese food in North America. However, bringing back the traditional Chinese dining experience to Chinatown (where it can be enjoyed by the “rest of us”) can be very lucrative indeed, I would think, for any SGV entrepreneur listening right now. Lets try to get real Chinese food back into our Chinatown!

    • China Town needs an Austin styled BBQ; I’m talking about a Franklin type of BBQ; There has to an Aaron Franklin disciple who wants to break out on his/her own in LA.

  2. Really to see all these new concepts but why are they popping up in Chinatown, much rather see these in DTLA proper filling up all those vacant retail spaces. Cheaper rent??

  3. Peter says

    Looks great, but I have no idea where this is located. DTLA needs to be a walking city.

  4. Chinatown is a neighborhood of DTLA just like the Historic Core and South Park is. Chinatown happens to be the most transit accessible and walkable neighborhood of DTLA (Union Station at it’s border) and is on the commuting pattern to/from DTLA and Echo Park, Pasadena, SGV, and many other neighborhoods including the rest of DTLA. It’s easy to get to, clean, safe (really safe according to LA Times Neighborhood Project) and there’s enough parking and it’s easy to get to. Seems obvious to me why businesses want to be there.

    • Shabaz says

      With all due respect to your points about safety, cleanliness, proximity, and access, I think Sam’s point about “cheap rent” probably hits the nail on the head on why these businesses are opening in Chinatown. No surprises on why the more established DTLA neighborhoods (Historic Core, South Park, Financial District, Arts District, Bunker Hill) are drawing mostly ‘high end’ businesses — thereby pricing out the current mom/pop-type shops that are otherwise taking up valuable space and rental income from the opportunistic owners. Its happening all over LA, and it definitely makes residents and small business owners in neighborhoods like Boyle Heights, Westlake, Mid-City, Historic Filipinotown concerned about gentrification.

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