Monday, October 09, 2006

new items at the lobster shack

Since I first profiled the Old Port Lobster Shack seven months ago I’ve had lunch there at least once a week. Usually I have the naked lobster roll or the crab caesar, but lately the menu has been expanding with specials like sole, red “chowdah” and cioppino. Friday lunch I was able to try the test batch lobster pot pie and today I had bluefish.

The lobster pot pie was delicious and well priced at $12.75. The pasty top was flaky and embossed with a lobster design, a nice touch. The filling was exactly as expected, with peas, carrots and generous amount of lobster meat. And, the bluefish, more common on the east coast but a rare find on the west coast, was an even better value at $9.75. It was pan fried, lightly spiced and served with grilled vegetables.

The Shack has been doing a great business, no doubt helped by great reviews in the Mercury News, the Chronicle and San Francisco Magazine. If you haven’t been in a while, swing on by. Inconsistencies in the kitchen and service present right at the opening have been smoothed out, and they now are serving a Maine classic for dessert: blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream ($5).

The Old Port Lobster Shack: 851 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA (650) 366-2400