Popular Okanagan food truck moves in to Kamloops
The Lobster Pot food truck opened in Kamloops for the first time this week and residents are raving about their food.
Based in Kelowna and Vernon, the company has expanded its locations this year. Laura-Lee Williams is a foodie in Kamloops. She was in Riverside Park on Tuesday looking for lobster.
“It was delicious,” Williams said. “There was a warm, toasty bun, crunchy celery and the right ratio of sauce. There were giant pieces of delicious succulent lobster. It was also super filling. I could only finish half of my lobster roll at lunch time and then had the rest for a snack after work.”
The family run business has had to pivot this year as lobster prices have increased by 67%. They are at the mercy of the market price of lobster. Add to that an increase in gas prices. Co-owner Mike Taylor says it has been a stressful start to their season.
“Lobster is expensive in a cheap year; this season is unbearable,” Taylor said. “We’ve had chefs and suppliers tell us to switch to langostino, a cheap substitute at half the cost that kind of tastes like lobster. Many restaurants use it in their lobster and seafood dishes and call it lobster. We refuse to do that. We serve east coast lobster knuckle and claw meat in our rolls.”
The company was forced to increase the price of their lobster rolls, which now cost $24, tax included. They are creating new, lower cost menu items centered around shrimp and fresh made pasta. Williams says the cost of the lobster roll is worth it.
“The lobster roll was $24,” she said. “But it was good quality lobster. All big pieces of claw and knuckle meat, and other posts in the Kamloops foodie group had raved about how good it was. People were saying they were driving to Vernon to get some. $24 for good quality lobster didn't seem too expensive to me. I paid $8 for the extra lobster too and it was totally worth it.”
Williams says she is already making plans to go back to the food truck later in the summer with her coworkers.
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