Red Hook Lobster Pound’s Shrimp Roll Hook Up is the Best Deal
When I first heard about the Red Hook Lobster Pound Truck coming to midtown I quickly called dibs on trying their shrimp roll. Why? Because it’s made with cold water Maine shrimp. These sweet little Maine shrimp are AWESOME (New York mag called them the “antithesis of the big bland jumbo variety”. With their short season, you don’t normally get them outside of Maine (Luke’s Lobster Truck packs a shrimp roll as well). And the shrimp roll is a nice alternative if you’re not feeling flush enough to spring for the lobster roll.
Two weeks ago we gave you a peek at the Connecticut and Maine lobster rolls from the Red Hook Lobster Pound Truck. For all their deliciousness, at $16 a pop they are well into the ML splurge category. The shrimp roll, however, is not.
The roll itself is $8.50 ($.50 more than the shrimp roll from Luke’s) and the shrimp is “tossed with roasted garlic and tarragon mayo.” The roll had a small amount of shredded lettuce and a few scallions sprinkled on top. The tarragon gives it a light sweetness that may not appeal to everyone (I know in my own family tarragon is a love it or hate it herb).
If you’re in the pro-tarragon camp and you opt for the roll, I highly recommend upgrading to the hook up ($11) which gets you a Maine Root soda and Cape Cod Salt & Vinegar Chips. Add an extra buck (we’re up to $12 now) and you can get a Robicelli’s whoopie pie for a complete meal that’s still $4 shy of the price of just a lobster roll. Great deal. Very filling. Doesn’t feel quite so extravagant as paying $16 for a lobster roll and it still transports you to sunny Vacationland.