Who doesn’t like a food fight? Well, how about a Lobster Rumble?
Last night, I had the pleasure of attending (as a guest) San Francisco’s first ever Tasting Table Lobster Rumble presented by Lexus. Tasting Table has put on these claw-clinging competitions for the last few years in New York and Los Angeles, and has now brought it to the Herbst Pavilion at Fort Mason.
Because this was the first year, the San Francisco version was actually kind of lobster rumble lite. While there were nine restaurants competing mostly from the Bay Area (and one all the way from Seattle), that pales in comparison to the fierce battle of more than 20 restaurants in New York this past June.
And the winner is …
Still, it was enjoyable trying all the little bites of lobster rolls, created by local favorites such as Farallon, Anchor & Hope, Waterbar, Jack’s Oyster Bar & Fish House (Oakland), and Local Mission Market.
The ultimate rumble winner was Old Port Lobster Shack of Redwood City, and typical me, it was the only table I missed in the frenzy of lobster munching, cocktail drinking and Instagram-snapping that I found myself in last night. (Remaining restaurants included Frank’s Oyster House of Seattle, Willi’s Seafood and Raw Bar of Healdsburg, and Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., which didn’t serve up lobster but a pork slider, wuh?)
There were tons of people at the event, which provides a portion of its proceeds to Share Our Strength and its No Kid Hungry program. It was a fun night, especially because of the Old Fashioned cocktail I had, and because I ran into fellow food bloggers. I’m hoping the event grows next year to do San Francisco proud (we surely can do things bigger than LA!), and thanks to Tasting Table for the invite.
I felt bad that I didn’t include a photo of the winning lobster roll, so Tasting Table was kind enough to provide this shot of Old Port Lobster Shack’s table. Photo by Aubrie Pick.
Check out my friends’ recap of the night as well.
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