Appetizers

Ella Dining Room in the midst of a lobster takeover

The lobster Cobb salad is one of the Lobster Month specials through Aug. 31 at Ella Dining Room & Bar in downtown Sacramento.
The lobster Cobb salad is one of the Lobster Month specials through Aug. 31 at Ella Dining Room & Bar in downtown Sacramento. apierleoni@sacbee.com

We’re a bit late to the table but still in time for Lobster Month at Ella Dining Room & Bar, through Aug. 31. On plates during happy hour, lunch and dinner are such yummies as lobster-and-shrimp toast, lobster beignets, whole Maine lobster, lobster-and-shrimp roll, lobster Cobb salad, bavette steak and lobster, cast iron-baked lobster with cremini mushrooms, and Thai-spiced lobster ($9.50 to $65).

Lunch pal Bob Stanley and I were the first customers through the door, which somehow was “poetic justice.” Maybe because the Sac State professor of English is Sacramento’s former poet laureate, the current board president of the Sacramento Poetry Center and the author of “Miracle Shine,” a book of verse.

Amid much activity at the table involving flatware, silverware and glasses, we settled down to tall pours of basil-mint lemonade; a well-seasoned lobster-shrimp roll on a grilled hoagie, the seafood bright with lemon aioli, and a massive lobster Cobb salad. We dipped everything in the lemony dressing and avocado mousse that shared the plate with the mound of lobster salad, including sweet tomatoes from Watanabe Farm in West Sacramento.

Stanley was inspired to write two odes to lunch, which took him all of three minutes (“My wife makes me do this all the time,” he said).

The first: “Lost in the dill and parsley / lobster caresses our tongues / even as they talk.”

The second: “Ocean’s morsels curled up / in a romaine crust / is this a salad or a wrap? / no matter / taste it – it’s a wrap.”

Today’s lesson plan: Identify the word play.

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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