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Summer is for lobster: here are 10 spots to get your fix.

Courtesy of Cousin's Maine Lobster
Courtesy of Cousin's Maine Lobster

Every week we’re celebrating another holiday inspired by food, and this time it’s lobster that’s getting all the attention. While National Lobster Day doesn’t get nearly enough shine, we had to highlight it — who doesn’t enjoy a great lobster?

Saturday, June 15, marks the observance of the special day, although in recent years, the two U.S. senators from Maine have sought Congressional recognition to celebrate it on Sept. 25. (Why not double up?)

This week, you can prepare to “seas the day” by indulging in your favorite lobster roll, or by getting extra fancy with a more upscale dinner experience. No matter how you roll, these 10 local restaurants and food trucks have you covered.

(1) Cousin’s Maine Lobster truck

Location varies

Courtesy of Cousin’s Maine Lobster

This Maine-based franchise was featured on Shark Tank and has a truck that makes its way around Charlotte and surrounding areas. It will be out at the Lobster and Beer Fest at Sycamore Brewing from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, serving up lobster quesadillas and other lobster-inspired dishes.

(2) Hickory Tavern

Multiple locations

Lobster Roll
Courtesy of Hickory Tavern

With 6 locations within Charlotte and several others just outside of town, you can guarantee Hickory Tavern will be prepared for this holiday. The eatery offers a Maine-style lobster roll on a buttery bun.

(3) Lobster Dog food truck

Location varies

Courtesy of Lobster Dog's

Based out of Mooresville, this food truck pops into Charlotte occasionally to bring us some pretty awesome lobster rolls.

You’ll definitely want to try the stuffed avocado with lobster, black bean corn salsa and pico de gallo, drizzled with chipotle ranch and chimichurri. Catch Lobster Dog at Sycamore Brewing’s Lobster and Beer Fest.

(4) NC Red

1921 Commonwealth Ave.

Executive chef Bruce Moffett recently opened this Plaza Midwood spot. Try the cold poached lobster or the “lobster roll” this weekend.

(5) Reid’s Fine Foods

Multiple locations

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You can catch lobster rolls every day on the dinner menu at the SouthPark and Myers Park locations. Looking for a great roll for lunch?  The Uptown location has a special every Wednesday.

(6) Sea Level

129 E. 5th St.

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If you’re looking for a fancier, sit-down establishment, Sea Level is a great suggestion. When you order a Lobster Roll (Maine or Connecticut style), you’ll receive a $10 “Great Catch Card” to use on your next visit.

(7) The Palm

6705-B Phillips Place Ct.

4-pound Jumbo Nova Scotia Lobster at The Palm
Courtesy of The Palm

Just in time for this special day, The Palm is rolling out its popular summer lobster feast special, featuring a 4-pound jumbo Nova Scotia lobster.

It’s definitely meant for sharing. But don’t worry if you have leftovers — they’ll even give suggestions on how to make DIY dishes at home.

(8) Upstream

6902 Phillips Place Ct.


For a premiere and upscale lobster meal, this is where you want to be. With several lobster dishes on the menu, you can’t go wrong. Whether it’s the Lobster & Sugar Snap Pea Panzanella, or the Lobster Risotto.

(9) The Waterman Fish Bar

2729 S. Blvd. Ste. D

Courtesy of @dailyspecialsclt via Waterman Fish Bar

Enjoy some of the city’s most popular lobster rolls on the awesome patio at The Waterman. If you order the roll, you’ll get a $10 “Great Catch” card to use on a future visit.

(10) What The Fries food truck

Location varies

Courtesy of What The Fries , LLC.

While this isn’t a traditional lobster eatery, the lobster mac and cheese fries are too great not to mention. They aren’t scheduled to be out this Saturday, but you can find them at Avid Xchange until 2 p.m. Friday.