Langosta Lounge lobster rolls

ASBURY PARK, N.J. (WABC) -- A lot of us are thinking about summer, and nothing says summer like the beach.

For this week's Neighborhood Eats we're heading down the Jersey Shore.

Langosta Lounge is located at 1000 Ocean Ave. right on the water in Asbury Park.

"When you come to Langosta you feel like you're on a vacation. We try to take you to a calm and fun place while you're dining here," said Marilyn Schlossbach, the owner.

Here is the Jersey Shore, Asbury Park, right on the boardwalk where Langosta Lounge opened years ago. Schlossbach went to high school in Asbury Park.

"Having grown up here...duty to help it lift back up," Schlossbach said.

She now has several businesses there, and even a non-profit. In the off-season she and her family travel and surf the world and those travels inform her menu. So the menu features Thai dishes, Italian dishes, and a riff on a lobster roll, the Langosta sliders.

"Some of the ingredients that go into Mexican cuisines go very well with a beach community so we add a little chipotle to the mayo and give it a kick," Schlossbach said.

Fresh lobster meat is added to that chipotle mayo, along with peppers, onions, celery, and old bay. Sweet Hawaiian rolls are then toasted and buttered, and then filled with the lobster salad. They are the most popular dish on the menu.

"They have a great menu. I feel like I'm on vacation when I'm eating here," a customer said.

That's exactly what Marilyn is going for in the boardwalk community she loves.

For a creative renaissance personality, this is a great place for me because it's never boring and we're getting better here," Schlossbach said.

When you order certain items on the Langosta Lounge menu a portion of those sales go back to help the non-profit that Marilyn has aimed at helping the young people of Asbury Park, so there's even more of a reason to dine there.

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Langosta Lounge Lobster Rolls

From Executive Chef Marilyn Schlossbach of Langosta Lounge
Serves 4

2 - 1 lb. lobsters
Red Pepper, chopped small
Yellow Pepper, chopped small
Red Onion, chopped small
bunch Cilantro, chopped fine
bunch (2 ribs) Celery, chopped small
1 tbsp. Cooked Chipotle (canned)
1 to 2 oz. Mayonnaise (Hellman's, homemade, organic or natural preferred)
1 tsp. Old Bay (half for salad, half for boiling lobsters)
Fresh cracked pepper and sea salt - pinch to taste
4 Hawaiian sweet lobster rolls or brioche hot dog rolls
oz. Unsalted butter

1. Boil the lobsters and prepare as directed below.
2. Blend the chipotle and mayonnaise in a food processor until creamy. Scrape into bowl and set aside.
3. Combine the lobster meat, celery, peppers, onions, cilantro, chipotle mayo, salt and pepper, and Old Bay. Toss together.
4. Split the lobster rolls and smear with butter.
5. Warm the buttered rolls in the oven until toasted.
6. Scoop the lobster salad onto Hawaiian rolls and serve!

Ingredients and Preparation for Boiling Lobsters:
Big Pot of Boiling water
Pinch of Old Bay
2 lemons - squeeze the juice and add lemons to the pot

(Tip: Freeze the lobsters for 20 minutes to put the lobsters to sleep.)
1. Put the lobsters in the pot of boiling water and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
2. Transfer the lobster to a bowl and let cool to room temperature.
3. Shell the lobsters and chop the meat.
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