Dish of the week: Luke’s Lobster’s lobster roll

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The lobster roll ($17) at Luke's Lobster offers a quarter pound of chilled seafood served on a buttered, griddled New England split-top bun with mayo, lemon butter and Luke’s secret seasoning.

If you’re looking for lobster without the trip to New England, then you’re in luck. Luke’s Lobster, which serves up delicious New England-inspired seafood dishes, has three locations in the District.

Recently, I had a craving for the lobster sandwich and decided to check out Luke’s Lobster’s brand new Farragut location, which is just a quick 10-minute walk from campus. The lobster roll chain, located at 800 17th St. NW, will make you feel like you left the District to go to the Northeast for a day.

The Farragut spot is filled with wide open windows that look out at downtown and make the space feel open and airy. There’s also a plethora of wooden tables where you can enjoy the rolls stuffed with lobster, even during a lunch rush of suited patrons.

Luke’s Lobster offers a wide array of tasty seafood dishes like Clam Chowder ($6 for a small, $9 for a large), Lobster and Gruyere Grilled Cheese ($13) and Lobster Mac and Cheese ($15). Although each one of these dishes is rich and filling, the classic Lobster Roll ($17) stands apart.

The lobster stuffed to the brim in this delectable sandwich is chilled and fluffy with an intense amount of flavor. The melted lemon butter gives the lobster a sweet and citrusy punch, which hides the slight shellfish taste that lobster can sometimes have.

The restaurant mixes their lobster with creamy mayo and Luke’s secret seasoning to give each bite of lobster a bit of a spicy kick. This loaded lobster salad is served on top of a slightly toasted and chewy hot dog-style bun with the opening on the top rather than the side.

The lemon butter and mayo combine to give the quarter pound of chilled seafood a rich and decadent consistency and the warm bun gives the dish just the right amount of bread to soak up all the flavors. Although you’ll want to savor every bite, this lobster roll is so delicious that it’ll be gone within a matter of minutes.

Next time you’re in the mood for cuisine from the ocean, you won’t have to stray too far from campus. Check out Luke’s Lobster for a Maine-style lobster roll that will make you feel like you’re on the seaside.

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