May 15, 2013

Maine lobster a major treat on D.C. streets

Sales are on a roll for a roving business that gets many of its seafood products from Maine and offers them curbside.

By Kevin Miller kmiller@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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The Red Hook Lobster Pound DC food truck welcomed hundreds of customers during lunch at Farragut Square in Washington DC on a sunny Friday, May 10, 2013.

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Roxanne Namazi, left, and Hiba Anwar, enjoyed their first lobster rolls from The Red Hook Lobster Pound DC food truck as they sat in the shade at Farragut Square in Washington DC on Friday, May 10, 2013.

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Continuing the Maine theme, the truck offers Maine Root fountain sodas from Portland, clam chowder and lobster bisque ingredients from a Maine supplier, and whoopie pies that, while made locally, come from a company with Maine roots. It served its lobster on J.J. Nissen rolls until the bakery in Biddeford closed late last year.

"We try to source everything from family-oriented folks up in Maine," Morris said.

On Friday, Farragut Square looked like a bustling outdoor food market as crowds lined up in front of the two dozen food trucks and took their fare into the park to eat on benches or the grass.

At $15 for a roll ($18 with chips and a drink), a lobster lunch doesn't come cheap. Then again, neither do most other things in a city that consistently ranks among the nation's 10 most expensive places to live.

Few customers were complaining.

A big fan, John Yoo brought along two co-workers from the American Red Cross who had never tried the truck. Yoo admitted that he occasionally goes to another place to get his lobster rolls in D.C., but said he prefers the truck.

"Oh, my God, so good," his co-worker, Hiba Anwar, said between bites.

"It's delicious," said Roxanne Namazi.

While Washington was largely spared Hurricane Sandy's wrath in October, the waterfront community of Red Hook, Brooklyn, was directly in the path of the storm. Saltwater surged into the Red Hook Lobster Pound, ruining everything inside.

"We were closed for four months. We had to redo everything in the business," Mark Franzen, manager of the pound, said by phone last week.

When the pound and other local businesses reopened March 1, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg bought the first Maine lobster roll.

 

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A fresh Maine Style lobster roll, fresh from The Red Hook Lobster Pound DC food truck at Farragut Square in Washington DC on a sunny Friday, May 10, 2013.

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A customer leaves with lunch as dozens of others line up to purchase their own at The Red Hook Lobster Pound DC food truck in Washington D.C.

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