GET CRACKIN’: Lobster Poutine, Lobster Hash and More for National Lobster Day

Get crackin’ on the latest and greatest lobster creations in celebration of National Lobster Day next Sunday, September 25. Lobster lovers can find plenty of places to indulge in this seafood delicacy with lobster creations from some of Chicago’s top chefs. From a fancified Lobster Tempura Roll found 15 floors up at the brand new South American rooftop restaurant, Boleo, to a full on Oyster & Lobster Boil downtown at The Dearborn, and more from hot spots such as Hugo’s Frog Bar, Dusek’s, St. Lou’s Assembly and The Promontory, locals can ensure they’ll be celebrating National Lobster Day the right way.

Tristan Tails – $41


1024 N. Rush St. |  


Photo Courtesy of Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House

 Not to be confused with the latest teen vampire romance novel, Tristan Tails at Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House are sure to make any lobster lover swoon. These succulent lobster tails hail from the shores of Tristan Da Cunha, an obscure island in the middle of the Atlantic, considered to be the most remote inhabited island in the world. These rare lobsters credit their sweetness and tender texture to the deep, cold waters that surround the island. Expertly prepared by newly announced Executive Chef Russell Kook (Chicago Cut Steakhouse), each tail is delicately popped from its shell and cooked in clarified butter before resting on a bed of made from scratch English pea succotash comprised of bacon lardons, sweet corn, red bell pepper, Italian parsley and red onion. Each dish is served with three tails, perfect for sharing, if sharing lobster ever becomes a thing. 


Lobster Tempura Roll – $15

BOLEO | 122 W. Monroe St. |  image002

Photo courtesy of Boleo

Kick off the National Lobster Day a day early with the Lobster Tempura Roll from Boleo, the new South American inspired rooftop restaurant and lounge that opened just last month in the Loop. Specially designed by Chef de Cuisine, Alexis Hernandez, Boleo’s Lobster Tempura Roll pulls multi-national inspiration from Japanese and South American cuisine with crispy tempura-battered lobster, fresh avocado, salsa acevichada and a made from scratch aji amarillo aioli, a staple of Peruvian cuisine. Chef Hernandez utilizes aji amarillo throughout Boleo’s menu by combining yellow chile peppers with fresh lime and egg yolks for a new take on aioli with a kick, a technique he perfected during his years as the private chef for the Ambassador of Peru. Keep in mind, Boleo is open Wednesday – Saturday, from 4:30pm – 2am, perfect for a pre-National Lobster Day game plan.


Connecticut Style Lobster Roll – MKT Price

MONEYGUN | 660 W. Lake St. |


image003Photo courtesy of Saint Lou’s Assembly

Saint Lou’s Assembly and MONEYGUN are bringing Connecticut to the West Loop for National Lobster Day! Chef de Cuisine Carlos Cruz creates this decadent lobster roll with substantial pieces of fresh Maine Lobster, mixed together with butter, lemon juice, celery, Hydroponic Boston Bibb Lettuce and paprika, tucked inside a split-top New England style bun. “It’s a New England favorite right here in Chicago. Plump buttery Maine lobster on a fresh roll. It doesn’t really get much better than that,” says Cruz. Stop by on September 25th to soak up on of the last few patio-worthy days with this classic East Coast delight on Saint Lou’s backyard patio, or dine-in at MONEYGUN with a classic cocktail in hand. 


Clambake + Half a Lobster – $30

D– USEK’S BOARD & BEER | 1227 W. 18th Street |
Photo courtesy of Dusek’s

Things are getting steamy in the Pilsen neighborhood for National Lobster Day! On September 25th, celebrate at Dusek’s Board & Beer with the beer-centric restaurant’s own version of a New England-style clambake. The dish includes steamed littleneck clams, half a lobster, pee wee potatoes, mussels, beer broth, braised fennel and fine herbs, all for $30. “This is our take on a traditional clambake. It’s the perfect comfort food for when summer winds down into fall,” says Henry Hill, Chef de Cuisine, Dusek’s Board & Beer. 


Sweet Corn Agnolotti with Maine Lobster – $18

THE PROMONTORY | 5311 S. Lake Park Ave. West | 

image005Photo courtesy of The Promontory

Hyde Park’s premier restaurant, bar and concert venue marries fresh lobster and pasta to celebrate National Lobster Day on September 25th. Gather around the restaurants brick hearth for a simple and honest approach to cooking and dining with with the rich Sweet Corn Agnolotti with Maine Lobster dish that includes  grilled lobster mushrooms, tatsoi, Grana Padano cheese together in a roasted corn broth. “Our guests love the dish for its elegant balance of robust flavors from the wood burning hearth,” says Matt Sliwinski, Chef de Cuisine, The Promontory. Available for $18.


Lobster Poutine – $25

KINMONT | 419 W. Superior St. |

image007Photo Courtesy of Kinmont

When it comes to lobster, Kinmont, a local seafood hot spot takes it over the top with a loaded Lobster Poutine at their River North chef-driven neighborhood restaurant and bar. This secret, off-menu item, crafted by Executive Chef Dennis Guitterez features a giant bed off fries, fresh lobster meat and beer battered Wisconsin cheese curds, all topped with a perfectly sautéed fried egg, to make for a gluttonous and splurge-worthy way to celebrate National Lobster Day. ($25)


Lobster Hash – $18

NELLCOTE | 833 W. Randolph St. | 


Photo courtesy of Potluck Creative


Dedicate the day to National Lobster Day on Sunday, September 25 while brunching at West Loop’s Nellcote on the tasty Lobster Hash. A colorful mash up of local Kennebec potatoes, housemade lobster cream sauce, and lump lobster meat below 2 perfectly poached eggs doused in smoked paprika hollandaise will have West Loop locals comin’ back for more. The Lobster Hash is available every Saturday and Sunday during Nellcote brunch service from 11am-3pm.


Oyster & Lobster Boil – $35

THE DEARBORN | 145. North Dearborn St. |
Pictured // Oyster and Lobster Boil

Photo courtesy of The Dearborn

The latest spot from The Lawless family is serving all sorts of lobster-focused fare in light of National Lobster Day in Chicago’s Loop. Sisters Clodagh Lawless & Amy Lawless will pay tribute to the September 25 holiday at The Dearborn with high brow and low brow classic lobster additions with a special, one weekend only seafood-focused menu on September 23-September 25. Executive Chef Aaron Cuschieri will be serving up everything from Lobster Rolls ($25), Maine Lobster and Manila Clam Chowder ($12), a full on Oyster and Lobster Boil featuring a whole lobster, oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels and Andouille sausage ($35), and much more. *The special seafood menu with lobster specials be offered all day Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 25th.

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