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TASTE TEST: Lobster claw tacos wow at Chesterton's Las Mamacitas

The lobster claw tacos are a standout at Las Mamacitas.

The new Las Mamacitas restaurant at 225 S. Calumet Road in Chesterton is built for the Instagram era.

The contemporary Mexican fusion restaurant features many colorful Día de los Muertos-inspired murals, beautifully plated items like the crema-drizzled avocado fries and buzz-generating offerings like a 100-ounce margarita that will only be served to parties of at least four people.

Originally intended to be a food truck, the restaurant that replaced the acclaimed Volstead in an old house in downtown Chesterton specializes in tamales, tacos and high-end tequila.

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A standout is the Lobster Claw taco. Succulent lobster meat is piled high on your choice of a corn or flour tortilla. Fresh mango pico de gallo adds sweetness and pickled jalapenos bring the heat.

The lobster portion is generous, with large chunks of prime claw meat. The pico de gallo is a little watery but contributes to the lightness of this Mexican spin on a lobster roll.

A pair of lobster claw tacos comes with your choice of two sides: the usual rice and refried beans but also the options of elote and frijoles charros, a soupy, savory serving of pinto beans with chunks of diced ham.

For more information, call 219-728-6650 or visit lasmamacitasnwi.com.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.