Thames Street Oyster preps for Lobster Roll Rumble

March 27, 2012|By Richard Gorelick | The Baltimore Sun

You'd expect a Baltimore restaurant to compete in crab cake competition, but Thames Street Oyster House is contending for a big lobster roll prize.

The event is Tasting Table's third annual Lobster Roll Rumble, which will take place in New York City on June 7. You can take a look at event information and photographs of all 20 contenders here

So, how did a Baltimore restaurant come to have a contending lobster roll. Turns out chef Eric Houseknecht stayed in Providence after graduating form Johnson & Wales University. "Whenever I could," Houseknecht said, "I'd head off to Point Judith or Block Island," havens for the quintessential New England sandwich.

The secret of a good lobster roll, according to Houseknecht, sounds a lot like the secret to a good soft-shell crab sandwich. "It's simple white bread, Houseknecht says, "buttered and toasted. Nothing too crazy."

The Lobster Roll Rumble benefits Share Our Strength.

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