- Shack Lobstah Bisque
- Beer Battered Onion Rings
- Baked Macaroni and 4 Cheese with Lobstah
- The Naked Lobstah Roll
- Steamed Maine Lobstah
Date Visited: March 3, 2012
Price: $7.75 for Shack Lobstah Bisque (Cup); $5.75 for Beer Battered Onion Rings; $18.75 for Baked Macaroni and 4 Cheese with Lobstah; $18.75 for The Naked Lobstah Roll; and $24.75 for Steamed Maine Lobstah Dinner – 1.25lbs.
You’re in the Bay Area and craving for some legit seafood. First thing that comes to mind is Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. But if you’re looking for something less touristy, then head on down across the Peninsula to Old Port Lobster Shack in Redwood City for some of the best and most authentic crustacean the Bay has to offer. Our group of 8 people arrived around 7:30 PM on a Saturday night. There was about a 30 minute line in front of us, and of course it went out the door. There was no putting down names on a list or reserving seats ahead of time – just good old fashion standing in line until it’s your turn. First come, first serve.
Our group ordered a variety of different dishes, but almost all contained some form of lobster meat. I got to try a little bit of everything although Grace and I shared the Shack Lobstah Bisque, The Naked Lobstah Roll. and Steamed Maine Lobstah Dinner between the two of us. Since I ordered the Steamed Maine Lobstah Dinner, I was provided with a bib to help with the upcoming onslaught of messy shell cracking and juice squirting (see picture on the left).
The restaurant itself is pretty bare-bones. The tables are picnic-style with a roll of paper towels on a spindle. And of course, all the condiments you need are provided.
Lobster Facts (Printed on the placemat):
- Lobster is highly nutritious and a dieter’s dream. It’s low in fat, calories and cholesterol, lower than lean ground beef and skinless white meat of chicken or turkey.
- Lobster meat contains omega-3 fatty acids, the substances that seem to reduce hardening of the arteries and decrease the risk of heart disease.
- Lobster is also high in: 1) Amino acids; 2) Potassium and magnesium; 3) Vitamin B12, B6, B3 (niacin), and B2 (riboflavin); 4) Calcium and phosphorus; and 5) Iron, zinc and vitamin A.
- Lobsters must be a minimum of 3-1/4 inches from eye socket to back of carapace, and a maximum of 5 inches to be considered legal.
- Lobsters can be shipped globally, and lobster products are available in a variety of product forms.
If you’re not sure what’s on the menu or what to order while you’re waiting in line, go inside first and grab a paper menu. This way, you won’t hold up the line once you’re at the cash register since there are a ton of dishes available to choose from.
The bisque was rich in flavor and thick. I was glad that the bisque wasn’t overpowering with saltiness. It almost reminds me of a chowder, except with chunks of real lobster. For the cup size (pictured above), you get half a lobster claw cut up inside and a packet of oyster crackers.
A heart killer, but fried goodness nonetheless. Nice and crispy with a decent amount of batter.
This dish was very heavy, so beware. It’ll definitely fill you up fast. I didn’t try very much, so I wouldn’t be able to give this dish a fair review.
The Naked Lobstah Roll is absolutely the best. It’s essentially pure and succulent lobster with mayo sauce stuffed inside a split-top roll. It’s naked such that you can control the mayo and butter ratio; the add-ons are given on the side. Old Port Lobster Shack doesn’t skimp out on the quantity either; the lobster was overflowing out of the roll.
The main course for me was the Steamed Maine Lobstah Dinner, which was cooked just right. It literally came out the way you see it pictured above along with fries, corn on the cob, and coleslaw. There are many steps involved before enjoying the lobster itself. Since it was my first time, I had a hard time working the system. When I broke the tail loose, the thick meaty pieces were ready to be devoured and the word to describe the experience was “heavenly”. Word on the street says that Old Port Lobster Shack makes a drive to the airport a few times a week to pick up their shipments fresh (since they are shipped from Maine).
Last, but not least, the service here is superb. Everyone seemed really friendly and happy to see us. The atmosphere is casual and inviting, so you feel like you belong. So if you are a crustacean fan, why not give this place a try? It’ll be worth your while. Just don’t give in to the In-N-Out located right across the parking lot when the line is long. Settle instead for this good old fashioned slow, fast food.
1) Grab a paper menu while you’re waiting in line and know what you are ordering.
2) You can’t hold a seat until you’ve ordered.
3) The popular item on the menu is The Naked Lobstah Roll.
Yelp Review: http://www.yelp.com/biz/old-port-lobster-shack-redwood-city
4 out of 5 stars. 1,100+ reviews.
851 Veterans Blvd
Redwood City, CA 94063 (map)
Tel: (650) 366-2400
Mon-Thu 11 am – 8:30 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am – 9 pm
Sun 11 am – 8 pm