Let's break it down: ordered 48 hours ago, caught in Maine, driven to Boston, flown to LAX, and eight hours later — voila! A sustainable lobster on a roll is served at Knuckle & Claw that’s so fresh, it just can’t be beat. They’ve perfected lobster logistics so much, even Amazon couldn’t beat them. It’s a bold statement but it's true.
Knuckle & Claw has been around for about six months and has received a wide and loyal following. The restaurant was founded by Nikki Booth and Chloe Dahl, both whom are insanely dedicated to lobster. They started out as Chloe's Lobster Booth, hopping around L.A. farmers markets, but are now settled on the border between Silver Lake and Echo Park. At a glance the restaurant has an aesthetic of Martha’s Vineyard, which is where Dahl is originally from. It's clean and contemporary, with pleasing blues and whites. The interior space is not much more than a counter but the layout is extremely open which allows for an amazing up-close view of the chefs preparing the rolls.
And the rolls — oh the rolls. It's hard to imagine tasting something this fresh without being geographically located on the East Coast. The Food Steez Team had the pleasure of tasting the Maine Lobster Roll and Knuckle Sandwich - both staples and for good reason. One of the first elements to stand out was the bread. They receive their rolls fresh every morning from one of the best bread purveyors in L.A.: Rockenwagner Bakery. Not wanting to overpower the bread and lobster, they lightly butter the outside of the roll and place a pinch of mayo between the bun before adding the lobster.
All in all the rolls are fairly simple without a lot of elements, but that’s not a negative comment. The whole concept behind the restaurant is having the freshest ingredients around, and allowing them to really stand on their own. If you're In L.A. and you want to reminisce about the East Coast, this is where you come.
This article was written by Andrew Collins, producer for Food Steez. Located in Los Angeles, Food Steez combines a love for flavorful dishes and stylistic videos into a brand that will have you coming back for more. Co-founders Mike Irving and Sean Thomas have created a new kind of food blog; one with easy recipes and high-end videos.