Nathan’s Famous, the quick-service chain that has long been known for its hot dogs, has been undergoing something of a culinary revolution in recent years, with new high-end burgers, cheesesteak subs and, recently, the first large chain with a chicken sandwich made out of thigh meat.
And now, through the summer, the Jericho, N.Y.-based chain with around 200 locations worldwide plus some 145 ghost kitchens, is teaming up with Slapfish, the 27-unit fast-casual seafood restaurant out of Huntington Beach, Calif., to present the Surf’N Turf. Developed in collaboration with Slapfish chef and founder Andrew Gruel the $19.99 sandwich has half a pound of rib eye steak with caramelized onions and American cheese, plus a quarter pound of butter-poached lobster in a Balthazar Bakery bun that has been dressed with Pat LaFrieda steak sauce mixed with mayonnaise.
The sandwich is available now through the summer at Nathan’s flagship location on Coney Island in New York City, which has sold lobster rolls during the summer for years, as well as at Slapfish’s flagship in Huntington Beach.
Gruel said that he might also offer it at other Southern California locations.
In this video, Nathan’s senior vice president of restaurants James Walker talks us through the inspiration behind the menu item while we watch it being made.