Despite living in Ontario, I’ve been there three times and have thoroughly enjoyed it. Each visit is an experience. It’s a bit outside the normal definition of a DDD, but still maintains the fact that food is delicious. I’ll let the pictures do the talking regarding Lucky’s, which is located in Tremont, a posh neighbourhood in Cleveland. It has all the elements of a great breakfast/lunch place.
From sweet to savory, anybody’s taste will be satisfied here.
The “biscuits” dish is surreal, with sausage gravy I can only describe as some sort of nectar of the porcine gods. Both the biscuits and the eggs are light and fluffy like clouds where these gods reside. The potatoes and grapes are perfect sides, especially when you douse the former with their homemade hot sauce. One of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had.
Perhaps the only thing that could make the above dish better is bacon. In its own creative style, Lucky’s offers pecan coated bacon which bring some sweet into the natural saltiness of this iconic meat. Although a buck and a half a slice, all you’ll need is a slice or two.
The gingerbread waffle floated like a magic carpet carrying Aladdin in the form of maple apples and honey whipped cream. According to the new menu, this waffle has been replaced with a lemon one. Needless to say, I don’t doubt it will be equally good.
For the tree huggers, there’s a granola and yogurt offering, complete with fresh fruit (although I don’t think the bananas were grown within 100 miles of Tremont).
For the savory at heart, the Reuben is fantastic. Other than the cheese I believe the entire dish is house-made, from the bread to the sauerkraut, including the potato salad. I ordered it with the soup which was equally delicious.
Instead of my normal banter, I’ll rely on the visuals to get my point across. Lucky’s is a friendly, consistent and quality cafe in the heart of a city not known for a plethora of culinary genius (well, except for Michael Symon who made an appearance during the taping of Lucky’s on DDD). It’s a can’t miss spot for me with every visit to Cleveland. The food is amazing, it’s clean and the service is friendly. Ask Zagat, who rates it 27, 20 and 24 respectively.