As the tide of restaurants in and out constantly shifts, Austin seafood lovers will be happy to hear that beloved Cape Cod-inspired restaurant Garbo’s is dropping anchor in downtown Austin. . Come to 626 North Lamar Blvd. (near Amy’s Ice Creams, where the Counter Café was), Garbo is on Lamar is expected to open in September 2022.
But downtown diners won’t have to wait until September to get their hands on fresh seafood. Starting June 30, Garbo’s Fresh Maine Lobster will have a food trailer on site Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This isn’t the restaurant’s first foray into the food truck business — in fact, that’s exactly how it all started. After a series of other food truck runs, pop-ups, the restaurant currently operates a main restaurant located on North Mopac.
“This year we searched for the perfect spot for another of our beloved sister-owned lobster shacks,” said Lamar Locations General Manager Samantha Garbo, sister of owner Heidi Garbo and daughter of a Connecticut lobster boat. “When the former Counter Cafe space at 626 North Lamar became available, we were thrilled to move in and look forward to honoring the iconic location while giving it a facelift.”
Garbo’s serves Maine and Connecticut-style lobster rolls, the former chilled with mayonnaise and celery, the latter with hot butter. If New England is more your thing than lobster, there are burgers, spicy shrimp rolls and Cobb salads. (You can add lobster if you can’t give it up and are willing to pay $24 or more for a burger.)
When it opens this fall, the brick-and-mortar Garbo’s On Lamar will operate with a “limited” menu plus beers, wines and other beverages, though it won’t appear to be limited at all until compared to the long list of offerings at the North Austin location. The new location will offer fried crab cakes, lobster and fish rolls, “and more,” the statement said, along with a kids’ menu and grocery packs including take-out items like chilled lobster, a shrimp cocktail and clam chowder. It will only have 10 seats inside and 10 outside, but there will be service windows for walk-in and take-out orders.
Most of Garbo’s expansions have happened after the pandemic hit, making this opening another milestone in a list of particularly uncertain business ventures, which Austinites have greeted with rave reviews and open claws…er, arms. More information, including a food truck schedule, is available at garboslobsteratx.com.