It’s been 2 weeks since my last post. I’ve been out of town and just returned, spending the last 2 weeks in Cleveland, Ohio, of all places. You see, my husband makes movies for a living, which means that family vacations are usually scheduled on a very short notice and at some of the most “un-vacation like” destinations. When I booked the tickets for myself and the kids, I was not too excited about going to Cleveland. I thought to myself, “Why can’t this be Italy?”, or “Ireland would have been nice”. Well, I will tell you, 2 weeks in Cleveland was not so bad. For one, Cleveland has some really good eateries. One in particular that stands out, is Lucky’s Cafe. My husband really wanted me to experience Lucky’s, so on the 4th of July, we all got in the car, and my hubby drove across town, as fast as he legally could, to make sure we got to Lucky’s before they closed at 3:00 pm. And boy am I glad he did. Lucky’s looks like a converted house. It is located in the up and coming neighborhood of Tremont. Tremont is home to many good restaurants, including Michael Symon’s “Lolita”.
The service was quick and friendly, even considering that we came on a holiday, 20 minutes before closing. The waiter listed off the specials of the day, one of which was the Ratatouille with beet greens, 2 farm fresh eggs and grits. My girls ordered the Mac n’ Cheese, and the hubby ordered the Shipwreck, which is hash browns, eggs, seasonal veggies, bacon, and cheddar cheese, served with house-baked como toast. Once I took a bite of my food, I knew they were serious about what they were doing. My dish was made to perfection. The girls LOVED their Mac n’ cheese. The Mac n’cheese is made with Cheddar, Brie, Parmesan, And Mozzarella Cheeses, Baked With Pasta And Cream and topped With Brioche Bread Crumbs. They serve it with their housemade apple sauce.
Their bread and pastries are made in-house along with their corned beef. Heck, almost everything is made in-house. They try and use as much produce from their own garden. Upon visiting their website, I later learned that Guy Fieri for the Food Network, visited Lucky’s and featured it on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”.
My final impression of Lucky’s Cafe, is that they are genuine in what they do. It’s not gimicky, it’s just really good wholesome food.
Ratatouille with beet greens, eggs and grits
Mac n’ Cheese
Shipwreck omelet with zucchini,
Lucky’s urban garden
Note: All above photos were taken with an iPhone.