Smack Shack

The dining room at Smack Shack in the North Loop of Minneapolis
Photo by Caitlin Abrams
North Loop finally has the fish shack it's been waiting for. Josh Thoma's lobster truck has evolved into a rocking full-service restaurant with lobster boils, po'boys, two bars, and a giant patio.

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Type: Seafood

Price: $$$

Features: Kid-friendly, Late Night Dining, No Personal Checks, Outdoor Dining, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible

Meals: Dinner

Neighborhood(s): Minneapolis, North Loop

From Smack Shack

Although named for the boats used to catch lobster, Smack Shack the restaurant was launched in 2010 from four wheels – a food truck serving lobster rolls from a land-locked downtown Minneapolis parking lot.  Owner Josh Thoma had a great recipe and a belief that appetite for fresh lobster in the Twin Cities was as strong as any coastal city.

In January of 2011, Smack Shack began cooking out of the kitchen at the 1029 Bar, kicking everything off with a traditional lobster boil.  The relationship grew and lobster fans as well as local and national media flocked to the 1029 Bar.  In December 2011, Guy Fieri and the crew from The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives” showed up to tape a segment about the truck and the 1029.

As the “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives episode aired in April 2012, plans for the brick and mortar restaurant in a historic building in Minneapolis’ North Loop were announced and construction began shortly thereafter.  Smack Shack opened on a snowy night in February 2013 and continues to be heralded by fans and food critics as one of Minneapolis’ best.