What to Get at Court Street Lobster

It was just about a year ago that I tried Court Street Lobster in downtown Cincinnati! On my first visit I tried the Connecticut Style which is a butter sauce. I liked it but didn't love it. Since then I've been wanting to give it another try...and finally I got there! 

It was Restaurant Week and since I'm working downtown I was able to get to a few spots during the week - sometimes the special is available for lunch - you just have to check out the roster and see what works for you. More importantly - oh yeah - LOBSTER!

For Restaurant Week they have a specific menu that is either $25 or $35  - for Court Street - it was $35 for lunch or dinner. You get three courses for your lunch and could add on cocktails if you like. I went with my coworker - so we decided to try everything on the menu!

First up were Shrimp Bites and the Spicy Crab Dip. These are not on their regular menu right now - but they're always making changes and having specials - so I'm sure you'll come across them again! The Shrimp Bites were plump and crispy fried shrimp with a side of a remoulade sauce. I liked them because they weren't the teenie tiny shrimp usually served with popcorn shrimp!

The Spicy Crab Dip was served with a side of fried pita - which we loved! The crab dip was mayo based and had plenty of crab and was definitely spicy! Both appetizers were great - we probably liked the crab a little more just because there was more to it.

The entree for Restaurant Week was an Avocado Roll - fresh Maine lobster, Buerre Blanc and Avocado Puree topped with crispy leeks. All the Rolls at Court Street are served with custom made Sixteen Bricks Challah Buns - they're buttery and lightly toasted - a perfect compliment to the delicate lobster. And there's sooooo much lobster!!! I mean - it's ridiculous how overflowing it was!

I have to say - and the owner was a bit embarrassed by my revelation - the Crispy Leeks reminded me of the "crispy crunchies" you get at Long John Silver's! He laughed and said "oh great - it reminds you of Long Johns????" But it was completely in a great way - those crispies is my favorite part of LJS and it was my favorite part of my Lobster Roll - that crunch added a punch of flavor and texture to the ever-so-mellow, cooked-to-perfection lobster!

For dessert, we got one of each - their creme brulee and strawberry shortcake. The creme brulee is served in a chocolate tart so the shell was edible - yum! The creme (pudding part) was a little thin - but it was balanced well with the rest of the dish and was just right after our huge lobster rolls!

But - the Strawberry Shortcake was TO DIE FOR!!! I am so used to kind of a dry cake topped with strawberries - but this was a sheet pan version and it was delicious! The cake was moist and so many strawberries!!! This dessert might have been our favorite part of the whole lunch!

What Should You Get at Court Street Lobster? Obviously - you have to get a lobster roll - I would probably go for the Maine Style unless you're mayo averse.  And save room for dessert - they were both so delish! I'm glad I got a chance to go back! (It is a bit pricey for lunch - but it was really tasty!)

  Court Street Lobster Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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