New Food Truck Alert: Red Zeppelin Rockin' Lobster Rolls
The owners are a family team: Miami-born Bob Barnett and his daughter and mother, Heather Barnett and Robyn Rahman. Together, the trio rolled out their bright-red food truck late last year, selling several specialty dishes that include their own take on the famous New England-born sandwich.
While everyone knows the lobster roll is a Northern thing, not many people are aware just how long the sandwich has been around -- or that it's actually Connecticut (and not New York or Maine) that claims to be the lobster roll's official "home."
The story begins with the appearance of a chilled lobster salad, which first made it into the New York Evening Post Cookbook in 1908 -- a recipe concocted for elegant dinner parties where eating whole lobster meant too much mess. While you would think the chilled sandwich we all know and love wouldn't be far behind, according to John Mariani's The Dictionary of American Food and Drink, reports of a warm, buttery lobster meat served on a hot-griddled bun didn't show up until sometime during the early 1920's, when a Milford, Connecticut restaurant began making them for a regular patron. The chilled version popped up in 1966, when Mariani reports Fred Terry -- owner of the Lobster Roll Restaurant on Long Island -- was the first to serve the recipe most people are familiar with today: a chilled and seasoned combo of mayonnaise, celery and fresh lobster meat placed on a heated hot-dog roll and finished with a squeeze of lemon juice.
Currently, South Florida's Red Zeppelin food truck offers three Maine lobster specialties, all under $15 each. The signature dish is, of course, the Rockin' Lobster Roll ($14). It's a sandwich any New Englander would be proud of -- especially those Connecticut folk -- thanks to a generous portion of fresh (never frozen!) steamed Maine lobster, which is lightly dressed, and heaped into a fluffy, warm buttered roll. The rolls seal the deal: they're made fresh each day the truck hits the road, a special egg-based bread prepared just for Red Zeppelin by a local bakery.