Smack Shack Steps Up The Seafood Battle In "Lobster Rumble LA"

Thursday night, august 13th is the annual "Lobster Rumble LA", where 16 contenders battle it out for best lobster roll in the country. All the way from Minneapolis, the Smack Shack is here with the tricks on how to make the best lobster roll.

Smack Shack is located in Minneapolis and sells over 3,000 pounds of lobster a week.  It started as a food truck in 2010 and is now one of the most popular restaurants in the Twin Cities.  In winter, when the truck was parked, they took over the kitchen at a popular local dive bar, The 1029 Bar where it was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive Ins and Dives in 2011.

Smack Shack is one of Minneapolis’ most popular restaurants and has over 18,000 fans on Facebook

Smack Shack is expanding and viewers will be able to visit them in Minneapolis and in Chicago in Winter 2015

Tasting Table

  • is a website and email newsletter for culinary enthusiasts.
  • The Lobster Rumble is Tasting Table's signature food event -- an epic competition between the country's best lobster roll makers. 
  • The Lobster Rumble started in New York in 2010 and established such a cult following that the event expanded to the West Coast in 2013.  This is the third annual Lobster Rumble in LA and Smack Shack’s second appearance in a Rumble.
  • This year there are 16 contenders from around the country (LA, Chicago, St. Louis) battling it out for the title of Fan Favorite.  Plus there will be 6 local dessert purveyors (Sprinkles Cupcakes and more) and open bars.  Lobster-loving guests taste their way through all the rolls, vote for their favorite, and a winner is awarded the Fan Favorite title at the end of the night.
  • The 2015 Lobster Rumble LA is being held at LA Center Studios, on Thursday, August 13th, from 7-10pm.  Tickets are still available for purchase online at 

Tasting Table’s Lobster Rumble LA:

SMACK SHACK 603 Washington Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401

Although named for the boats used to catch lobster, Smack Shack was launched as a food truck in 2010 serving lobster rolls from a land-locked downtown Minneapolis parking lot. Owner Josh Thoma had a great recipe and a belief that appetite for fresh lobster in the Twin Cities was as strong as any coastal city.  Today, the truck still operates on Wednesdays and Fridays, lobster rolls are still served at The 1029 Bar in Northeast Minneapolis and the restaurant at 603 Washington Avenue North is open Monday through Friday at 11am serving lunch and dinner, and 10 am on Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.

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