Just kidding…no such thing!
After an afternoon of wandering around downtown Minneapolis, April & I met up with a friend at the Smack Shack.
We started the feast with a lobster guacamole appetizer. I will admit it took a couple of bites to wrap my head around eating guacamole and lobster together. Once I did, it was really good. And by that, I mean, the lobster was amazing. The guacamole was okay. Don’t get me wrong, it was good–just a little less flavorful than I like it. But I didn’t make it, nor do I consider the Midwest a place where spicy foods prevail. Plus it did allow for the lobster to shine, thus: really good.
I also ordered another appetizer which the table refrained from enjoying: raw oysters. Their loss (although they don’t think so). I let our lovely waitress pick out a selection of both East and West Coast varieties. Going in, I thought I would prefer the West Coast, as they are from the same ocean as my favorite oysters (from Sydney and the southeast Australian coast). But no, I preferred (ever-so-slightly, mind you) the East Coast oysters, which have a more crisp, clean, and salty flavor. The West Coast oysters were a bit more creamy and mild. Both paired nicely with the local beer from (literally) down the street: Fulton Lonely Blonde.
All of that was forgotten when the main course arrived. Well, not the beer–it also paired deliciously with….The Lobster Mac & Cheese. It was everything amazing in the culinary world. Creamy, cheesy, buttery, big chunks of lobster. It melted in your mouth. I was truly torn between shoveling it in as quickly as possible and drawing out every.single.savory.bite to make it last as long as possible. I may have even used my finger to scoop out the last bit of cheese from the bottom of the bowl (the waitress assured me everyone did!).
While I’m always in love with a good meal, this was one of the very few meals I was truly sad to see end. Lobster, cheese, pasta, beer, oysters, guacamole: how could you go wrong with any of those combinations? 😉