Luke's Lobster is now open in Las Vegas at Fashion Show


Fresh Lobster Rolls Flown in From Maine Daily to Luke's Lobster

Okay, let's start with the name – Luke's Lobster. Hokey? Maybe, but Luke exists.
The locationThe Fashion Show on Las Vegas Boulevard facing the Strip.
The boast – a shack where you can get fresh seafood directly from Maine from a fast food establishment.
The owner – One of four is actually named Luke and looks like a kid but brings years of experience.
The draw – hey, I'm willing to accept a free meal with the understanding that if it doesn't live up to my reasonable expectations, I won't write about it.
The result – I loved it! And I met the real Luke (Holden) who flew in for the opening of the company's 19th location.

Luke's Lobster is now in Las Vegas * Photo credit: Ira Kuzma Photos

 

So, why did I like it you ask. I expected little tiny pieces of  barely recognizable lobster in the roll. How wrong I was. The lobster roll had sizable chunks that tasted like –lobster. Good lobster. I ordered the Taste of Maine combo which includes ½ lobster, shrimp,  crab rolls, and two crab claws as well as drinks chips and a pickle. The seafood is served chilled on a buttered and toasted New England-Style split top bun with a swipe of mayo, a dab of melted lemon butter and a bit of spices. The seasonings can be left off on request.

The menu hangs in full view * Photo credit: Ira Kuzma Photos



I also opted for the lobster bisque which was delicious and includes chunks of lobster. . My spouse sampled the New England Clam Chowder.  It was thick and contained lots of clams and potatoes.  You won’t find many restaurants in Vegas serving soups of this quality.

 

The staff was friendly and attentive * Photo credit: Ira Kuzma Photos

 

Each of the rolls was tasty and distinguishable. I was pleased to learn that the lobster roll contains only 380 calories. It tastes rich and flavorful.

The 300 square foot shack includes very limited outdoor seating. The evening we were there was unseasonable chilly, but Luke says they are already discussing plans to deal with the cold as well as with the Las Vegas heat.

 

The Combo * Photo credit: Ira Kuzma Photos

 

I asked Luke why they selected Las Vegas for their newest location. “They came to us,” he told me. The Fashion Show people believed that this was a good match for their demographic and Luke and his partners agreed. He is proud to remind us that while the menu is a relatively simple one, the company is know for its sustainable ingredients as well as good taste. Zagat gives the chain high ratings.

Luke shared some of his back story. He was a lobsterman in his youth and his family has more than 40 years in the industry. The seafood is shipped direct to Luke's Lobster locations with no middlemen. The Holden family has a long relationship with fishermen.  Luke feels that, “people all over the country are more excited than ever to know where their food comes from, how it's harvested and how it's cared for on the way to their plate. We're giving Vegas folks the opportunity to indulge in something they actually can talk about when they get home.”

Luke's Lobster actually first launched in 2009 in New York's East Village. Other locations include Philadelphia, Washington, Boston and Chicago.

Luke's Lobster, a rustic, sustainability-driven lobster shack, is located on the Plaza facing Las Vegas Boulevard South at Fashion Show, 3200 Las Vegas Blvd South. The outdoor shack is stripside, located right in front of the Neiman Marcus entrance to Fashion Show directly across from The Wynn Hotel.

 

Dianne Davis and Luke Holden * Photo credit: Ira Kuzma Photos

 

Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 A.M.to midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. So stop by there for a bit of Maine.  I do plan to return to satisfy my hunger for a bit of lobster – or crab or shrimp. For more information, check out Luke's Lobster.

 

The Lobster Roll * Photo credit: Ira Kuzma Photos




 

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