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National Lobster Day: Buttery Favorites Abound

Will you go roll, bisque, or for the whole steamy shebang? Choices await.



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    Will you go roll, pasta, or for the whole steamy shebang? Choices await at Southern California restaurants.

    The internet is rife with personality quizzes, it's true, and many of them focus solely on foods and drinks. Pick a hot beverage -- tea, coffee, cocoa -- and find out if you're loyal, fierce, or funny. Choose a type of cake -- lemon, red velvet, white -- and learn who your perfect romantic partner might be.

    But what does lobster tell us of our inner secrets and who we might really be? June 15 seems a fine day for exploring that question, but you don't need to scroll through Facebook to locate the appropriate quiz. It's National Lobster Day, and the choices for how one takes the famously buttery, flaky gift o' the sea are nearly as plentiful as the choices we have in hot beverages or cakes.

    Deals and special events around Southern California abound, too, this time of year.

    Choice 1: Traditional. If you prefer your lobster to look like, well, a lobster, a number of seafood houses and fine steakeries can provide here. The Palm, both the recently debuted outpost in Beverly Hills and the one downtown, has a three-pound Jumbo Nova Scotia Lobster for fifty nine bucks all day long on June 15. 

    That's a lot of lobster, so bib up, crustacean aficionados, for melted butter, on the side, is mandatory.

    Choice 2: Lobster bisque. Some call it the king of soups, which isn't too lofty, given its thick base and pungent delivery. King's Fish House, which has a number of locations (Calabasas, Long Beach, beyond) just opened its annual Lobster Festival on June 11, and bisque is one of the star dishes. It's rich stuff, but given that lobster is the star flavor, you'd expect that.

    Choice 3: The lobster roll. While the iconic sandwich can be enjoyed in many ways -- a dash of hot sauce, extra mayo, no mayo -- there are really two basic, let's-start-here ways to enjoy it: cold or hot. BP Oysterette serves it both ways, one lush with creamy goodness and one buttery and warm. Tempted to try both? Find a friend who'll order the one you don't, and share, at the Santa Monica or West Third Street locations.

    And if you prefer to observe National Lobster Day all year long, hold tight: SoCal's big lobster festivals, which include Newport Beach, Redondo Beach, Long Beach, and San Pedro, are coming up at the end of summer.

    Keep that bib somewhere you can find it, fast, is what we're saying here.

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