So when you have a lobster roll and beer happy hour special for $20 you've got my attention. I had never heard of Luke's before and the pure volume of reviews and incredible overall rating was phenomenal. So providing an A-OK is disappointing.
The location is near the Verizon Center, I guess it's called Penn. The outside has a few tables with umbrellas. The unoccupied tables were clean and the area had limited debris.
The inside is small, but can accommodate probably ten customers with a window counter. The dining room was empty during the beginning of their 4-7 PM happy hour. The dining room was clean and trash containers were maintained. The menu is on the wall. They do more than lobster, they have shrimp and crab too! I saw seafood salads rolling out of the kitchen.
Step up and order at the counter and I just bet you will be greeted with an awesome staff person like I was. This young lady was a sweetheart and patient as we decided on two happy hour specials. One lobster and one crab with Allagash beers. Even the cook in the back was friendly noticing my ODU cap and made a nice comment. All drinks are bottle it appeared.
The food came out in less than 10 minutes. The rolls are accompanied by a pickle spear. Visually they both looked good. The bread was even authentic. However, both my wife and I reported disappointment at the taste. The pickle spear was cold, crispy and yum! The beer was ice cold and delicious on a hot Summer day.
My lobster roll had a few hard shells in it which can happen, but it was the flavor that was not appealing that surprised me. Please understand it was not bad, but I've had much better. My wife who adores crab could not finish her roll. I think we agreed the meat was just too chilled was a possible factor. It was like icy.
Maybe an off day, or maybe Luke's customers have not experienced the real thing. I'm just not sure, but speaking from both my wife and I we agree it was not money well spent even on a happy hour special. Luke's has a few locations, so maybe a different locale a different result. I am puzzled I will admit, but just keeping it real. Thank you for having an awesome staff, that's worth a star of its own.
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