If you love lobster but are strapped for cash, try Rubio’s Langostino Lobster Tacos. These tacos are filled with Langostino lobster pieces and other goodies to satisfy your seafood craving. Although it is called lobster, Langostino is not actually a true lobster so keep that in mind when visiting your local Rubio’s.
Rubio’s is a fast-casual restaurant that made a name for itself with its fish taco, which is made with beer-battered wild Alaska pollock. The menu eventually expanded and the restaurant now offers many items that combine ingredients from south of the border and the California coast.
The word Langostino actually has a number of meanings. It is the Spanish word for prawn; so many European chefs will call prawns langostines. Langostino lobster, however, is not lobster at all.
In fact, it refers to a crustacean known as the squat lobster, which is actually closer to a crab than lobster. In fact, it is said that Langostino lobsters are very closely related to the hermit crab. The tail meat is what is used in recipes, as the bodies and heads are not edible.
Although the thought of eating a hermit crab may not sound appealing, the meat is considered to be a delicacy by many and the meat is making an appearance in restaurants around the country. Rubio’s is featuring the Langostino lobster in a number of new menu items, which expands its seafood options beyond fish and shrimp.
Ingredients of Rubio’s Langostino Lobster Items
Rubio’s uses Langostino lobster meat in a couple of different ways on its menu. The tacos themselves are served in warm flour tortillas. The lobster is drizzled with melted basil butter and the tacos are finished with crisp shredded cabbage, chipotle white sauce, fresh slices of avocado, onion, and cilantro.
The lobster taco can be enjoyed on its own or as part of the Surf & Turf Taco Plate. This combines the lobster taco with Rubio’s grilled steak taco, pinto beans, and lightly salted tortilla chips.
You can also enjoy Langostino lobster in a burrito. Wrapped in a flour tortilla, the lobster is combined with black beans, citrus rice, fresh guacamole, crisp lettuce, chipotle cream sauce, salsa fresco, and a drizzle of basil butter.
Rubio’s Langostino Lobster Experience
After reading about the Langostino lobster and its close relation to the hermit crab, I was a bit hesitant to try the new tacos. However, after the first delicious bite, my concerns disappeared. The taco was warm and had enough fillings to be satisfying but not too much that it fell apart.
The Langostino lobster pieces looked similar to crawfish, although a bit bigger. They also had a very similar texture and meatiness to crawfish, as well as a similar taste, probably more so than to lobster.
The chipotle cream sauce added a smoky creaminess and there was just enough basil butter to enhance the flavor yet not be too greasy. The cabbage and diced onion added a nice crunch and the few slices of avocado gave the taco a fresh flavor and smoothness.
I liked that the taco was served on a flour tortilla, as I prefer its taste over a corn tortilla, plus it stays together a lot better. The nice thing with Rubio’s is that it has a salsa bar where you can choose from four different types of salsa as well as additional condiments such as cilantro/onion garnish and lime wedges.
I picked out the regular salsa and the hot salsa. However, after trying the taco without salsa to start with I realized that, not only was the taco flavorful enough, but the salsa would have overwhelmed the perfect combination of flavors already in the taco, so the salsas went untouched.
While the Langostino lobster tacos from Rubio’s are not made with real lobster, they are still a good pick if you are looking for something flavorful, quick, and inexpensive. They are only available for a limited time, however, so get to your local Rubio’s soon.