A tuna melt, pizza and anchovies, and lobster mac all break the food no-no that seafood does not pair with cheese. Cousins Maine Lobster takes that myth and douses it with melted pepper jack and cheddar cheeses on buttery Texas toast with their lobster grilled cheese.
I’ve always been curious about Cousins Maine, but usually skipped the truck during First Fridays or other events because of the prices. Mostly everything on the menu is over $10. Lobster prices increased recently due to bad fishing weather during the slow winter months and increased demand, importing more and more to China (American lobster has become a popular dish during Chinese New Year.) The crustacean truck has been parked on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street since January 1, and in an effort to discover new food Downtown (we love you VegeNation but variety is the spice of life!), my coworker and I split a sandwich ($16).
The Cousins Maine truck out of California blew up after appearing on the entrepreneur reality show Shark Tank in 2012. Now there are franchises all over the United States. The Las Vegas menu consists of a warm (Connecticut-style) or cold (Maine-style) lobster rolls, tacos, quesadillas, lobster tails, sides and lobster bisque or clam chowder.
Like in the classic New England rolls, the grilled cheese comes with large meaty chunks of lobster. With the melty cheese, the sandwich is rich, salty and comforting on a chilly day, proving once again that land and sea can live harmoniously!
The truck is scheduled to remain on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street for now. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon.-Thur.. and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Fri. and Sat. Check the Cousins Maine Las Vegas website cousinsmainelobster.com/las-vegas for future schedule.