Lucky’s is a coffee shop that finds itself quite amusing. The waitstaff wears t-shirts that say “I’ll be with ya in a minute, sweetheart.” The menu offers witty comments on its offerings such as “just the way they serve it in Belgia” regarding the Belgian waffle and “It may be little but it packs a punch” to describe espresso. It’s a fun, family-friendly place so popular that customers are offered little cups of apple cider to sip while they wait for a table to become available.
Although it bills itself as “just your everyday diner … only nicer,” Lucky’s actual name is more correct. It is a coffee shop with stylistic flourishes that evoke the dining-out charms of mid-20th century America. Boisterous conversations at tables and booths as well as counter seats fill the air along with the scent of constantly-poured coffee.
The menu presents a broad choice of items far beyond breakfast to include hamburgers, salads, and sandwiches and even such ethnic-accented curiosities as Asian dumplings, bruschetta, pierogi, and quesadillas. Its banana cream pie is locally famous, as are crab cakes. But breakfast does seem to be the big meal of the day, and the ones I have sampled are fine, including home fries that are like transcendent Tater Tots and eggs cooked just right. Scrapple comes highly recommended and the bacon is great and the creamed chipped beef on toast is … well, creamed chipped beef on toast. Not that there’s anything wrong with it – the white sauce is creamy, the beef is salty. But neither did it rise above the soggy personality that defines all but a very few superior versions of this dish.
Bottom line: If you are in the neighborhood and looking for a good-tasting and well-choreographed meal in a retro coffee shop, Lucky’s is a good place to be.