Talk about a catch for local foodies: a company known for its fresh Maine lobster sandwiches is opening its newest food truck this weekend, rolling its rolls into downtown San Diego.
Cousins Maine Lobster (CML) – a company that gained fame on the TV series, “Shark Tank” – will open its newest “lobster shack on wheels” Friday at 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the Quartyard at 1102 Market St.
On Saturday, the food truck will make its way over to 1 Park Blvd. from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Memorial Stair Climb. CML co-founder Sabin Lomac will be there to meet customers.
The company's newest food truck franchise is owned by San Diego couple Joey and Amanda Graham. The truck has had a number of soft openings across the city before this weekend's grand opening.
With the opening of the San Diego franchise, CML now has 18 food truck operating in 11 cities nationwide, plus a brick-and-mortar restaurant in West Hollywood, Calif.
The Cousin's menu boasts a variety of Maine lobster dishes, but the company's most famous item is the Maine Lobster Roll ($13.50), a simple, buttery, New England-style sandwich roll stacked with fresh lobster meat and a touch of mayo, served chilled for an authentic taste of Southern Maine.
Other lobster goodies on the menu include the Lobster Quesadilla, a 4.5-ounce Maine lobster tail served with drawn butter and Lobster Tots, tater tots topped with warmed lobster meat, cilantro lime sauce and pico de gallo. The food truck also serves tacos, soups and even ice cream.
CML was founded in 2012 by second cousins Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis who grew up along the shores of Casco Bay, Maine. The cousins' vision was to build a business that mixed the beaches and food truck scene of Southern California with the Maine lobster cuisine they both loved as kids.
All CML lobster is sourced directly from Down East, Maine, where the cousins grew up, and the recipes are those the cousins ate as kids at family gatherings on the East Coast.
Lomac says launching their newest food truck franchise in San Diego makes perfect sense.
“We are thrilled to finally have a truck based in this great, diverse city. We knew San Diego was a natural extension for the business because it has a great appetite for unique foods, like the authentic taste of our fresh Maine lobster dishes,” he said.
To learn more about CML in San Diego, click here.