OCEANPORT, NJ – Susan Povich’s road to the Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars championship began with 20 pounds of lobster she brought back from a trip to Maine.
When Povich’s husband, Ralph Gorham, suggested they turn a storefront in the building they owned in Red Hook into a lobster pound, her reaction was a comment you can’t print in a family newspaper.
The two opened the Brooklyn storefront in April 2009, the truck came along last May, and today Red Hook Lobster Pound garnered Top Truck honors in the Jersey Shore Food Truck Wars competition at Monmouth Park in Oceanport.
Wafels & Dinges won the people’s choice award for best truck and the Cutting Edge Cuisine award from the judges. Dellano’s Food Service of Long Valley won the Absolute Classic award for its sausage, onions and peppers sandwich, while Gozen Yogurt won Most Seductive Sweet honors for its chocolate and cake batter swirl, and mango sorbet, flavors. And Lil Dan’s won for Dazzling Presentation.
“We use the claws and knuckles,” a jubilant Povich said afterwards. “They’re the most tender part of the lobster. I don’t use tails because they get too tough.”