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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Lhotse Foster and Lorin Smaha, of Freshie's Lobster Company, put the finishing touches on halibut stuffed with lobster while competing to represent Utah in the Great American Seafood Cook-off at Harmon's City Creek in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

June 15 is celebrated as National Lobster Day, another excuse for lobster lovers to eat their favorite seafood delicacy.

However, according to History.com, lobster wasn't always considered the fancy feast it is today.

"When the first European settlers reached North America, lobsters were so plentiful that they would reportedly wash ashore in piles up to 2 feet high," the website states. "Their bounty made them a precious source of sustenance during hard times — and gave them a nasty reputation as the poor man’s protein."

It wasn't until the 1880s that diners in Boston and New York City began consuming lobster more widely.

In honor of National Lobster Day, here are six places in Utah to eat lobster or lobster dishes. This is not an all-inclusive list.

Market Street Grill & Oyster Bar

With locations in Downtown Salt Lake City, Cottonwood Heights and South Jordan, Market Street Grill has been serving seafood to Utah since 1980. Each location also has an oyster bar specializing in fresh oysters but also serves other seafood, including lobster.

Customers can order straight South African cold-water lobster tails or a dish incorporating the meat such as spaghetti with shrimp, lobster, clams, mussels and calamari.

Freshies Lobster Co.

As reported by the Deseret News, this Park City restaurant was recently featured on BuzzFeed's list of top 25 lobster rolls in America.

Although lobster rolls are its specialty, Freshies Lobster also serves Lobster Sliders, Lobster Lettuce Cups and more from both the restaurant in Park City and its traveling food truck.

Current Fish and Oyster

According to its website, Current Fish and Oyster's menu "has been carefully developed to highlight the best fresh seafood from regional America." Among the regional seafood served is 12 oz. Maine lobster tail, which customers can order as part of the Seafood Tower.

Cafe Zupas

This dish may be the butt of the joke of a long-running sketch by Provo-based comedy troupe Studio C, but lobster bisque is also a popular seafood dish.

Lobster lovers looking for a quicker dining experience can get their fix at Cafe Zupas, which has locations throughout Utah, through the restaurant's lobster bisque or roasted red pepper and lobster soup.


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Another quick dining option is Slapfish in Lehi. The California-based restaurant opened its first location in Utah earlier this year, according to the Daily Herald, and it offers its Clobster Grilled Cheese (half lobster, half crab), Surf 'n Turf Lobster Burger and Lobster Grinder.

Ruth's Chris Steak House

As its name suggests, Ruth's Chris Steak House is known for its steak entrees, but the restaurant, with locations in Park City and Salt Lake City, also has multiple lobster options, including lobster tail, lobster mac and cheese and lobster bisque.