Lobster rolls are not as popular here as they are in the east. There are a variety of reasons for this including the fact that fresh lobster is so much easier to obtain there. But a new place at the Fashion Show Mall should not only make rolls more available, but they are so good they will no doubt make new fans who will crave them often.
Luke’s Lobster is the brainchild of Luke Holden, a man who grew up as a lobsterman, going out to sea to collect the freshest specimens available. He started opening restaurants back east and the new location in Las Vegas is the first in the west.
He became a restaurateur because most of the rolls he sampled were over-filled with mayonnaise and celery plus the quality of the seafood wasn’t up to par. To ensure freshness, all of the lobster Luke’s catches in Maine is immediately taken directly to a distribution center, packed in protective bags and then sent south. It takes five to six lobster claws to fill each roll. Luke’s versions are delivered in a griddled New England split-top bun with no fillers. It leaves a pure taste that brings out the natural flavors of the shellfish.
Lobster is king here but there are some other items that are noteworthy. Crab and shrimp rolls are two popular items. The shrimp are large, plump and juicy and are cooked just right. If this is your first time order the Taste of Maine that features half a lobster and shrimp roll, two crab claws, a drink, chips or slaw plus a pickle. It will keep you satisfied all day. Noah’s Ark is a meal for two with two half rolls of three types of seafood plus drinks, chips or slaw.
They also offer a fitting New England clam chowder that is supplied by one of their partners. It is creamy with chunks of clam and a light base, not saddled with heavy corn starch.
Drinks are creative too as some exclusive microbrews from Maine are offered. They also have a root soda plus two custom lemonades including Luke’s Blueberry, an in-house creation that has just the right amount of sweetness and fruit flavor.
If you are looking for a unique gift idea order a Lobster Roll Kit that enables home-grown chefs to prepare rolls right in their kitchen. Included is a pound of lobster meat, a half-dozen split-top buns, a jar of secret seasoning blend, four bags of Cape Cod Chips and the recipe. Since it is perishable they only deliver Tuesday through Fridays with Fedex delivery.
Luke’s Lobster is located in a kiosk that fronts Las Vegas Blvd., just in front of Neiman Marcus. There is outside seating only and as the weather warms up the crowds should too. Make lobster rolls a regular part of your diet!
Luke’s Lobster, Fashion Show Mall, 3200 S. Las Vegas Blvd., (702) 866-6602. Open Sunday-Thursday 11:00AM-10:00PM, Friday and Saturday 11:00AM-12:00AM.