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Of course, “Shark Tank” hit chef Cousins ​​Maine Lobster is known for its delicious Maine lobster rolls served New York or Connecticut style, but the trucks that travel around Virginia offer a much broader selection of lobsters. I was craving lobster this summer and recently tracked down Cousins ​​at Väsen Brewing Company to sample a wider selection of the menu.

Lobster Toddlers

Cousins ​​Maine Lobster’s Lobster Tots feature perfectly fried classic tater tots topped with warm Maine lobster, cilantro-lime sauce, and pico de gallo.

Cousins ​​Maine Lobster

And my surprise favorite was Lobster Tots ($20). The shareable side dish starts simply with classic tater tots seared to perfection. These are topped with a warm Maine lobster, cilantro-lime sauce, and pico de gallo.

What stood out here was that the little ones were cooked long enough to retain their structure, creating a crispy, crunchy base. Then there was a generous portion of Maine lobster – split between three people, we were all happy with the ratio of shellfish to starch.

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Then the creamy cilantro-lime sauce added citrus and tang without overpowering the lobster or weighing the dish down. And the dash of pico added a little more flavor, plus the ever-important vegetable note to justify a decadent dish like this. It’s a fun, easy, and not too crazy expensive way to enjoy the good lobster life this summer.

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The lobster tots at Cousins ​​Maine Lobster are a fun, easy and not too expensive way to enjoy the good lobster life this summer.

Megan Marconyak

The Cousins ​​Maine Lobster Virginia trucks are traveling throughout the state throughout the week, but make regular stops at breweries and neighborhoods around Richmond. Check out the upcoming week’s schedule at Or, my favorite, download the app, where you can see the latest menus and lobster locations. Plus, you can place your pickup order in advance to avoid wait times at busy events.

Megan Marconyak covers food and drink for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. You can find her on Instagram at @MeganMarcoStyle.