Lucky’s Burger & Brew has been open for just a little more than a month, but it already has the friendly feel of a neighborhood hangout. The inexpensive menu is mostly bar food, simply cooked and presented with a bit of fun. And the atmosphere strikes a balance between contemporary and comfortable.
Lucky is the name of the owner’s pet golden retriever, honored on the Lucky’s logo and dog-friendly patio in front. Inside, the space is cheerfully intimate. Semicircular upholstered banquettes, suspended drum lamps and retro maroon and yellow linoleum tiles give it the look of a chic diner. On a recent evening a few regulars gathered at the bar, where the triple TVs tuned to baseball and tennis spurred some good-natured sports banter.
Burgers and fried
Besides burgers, the menu features sandwiches, wings, salads, desserts and kids meals.
Starters and sides ($2.50-$8) lean heavily toward the fried stuff -- McDonald’s-style French fries, sweet potato fries, Tater Tots, kettle chips, onion rings, fried pickles and mozzarella sticks.
Specialty or build-your-own burgers ($6-$10.75 with one side) can be ordered with a seven-ounce beef, turkey or black bean patty. The griddled ground beef, cooked to medium-well unless otherwise specified, is lightly seasoned, with a dense, meaty texture. Among the most popular combos, the Chihuahua ($9) comes topped with chopped green chiles, pepper jack cheese, chipotle mayonnaise and guacamole, on a soft egg bun.
The buttermilk fried chicken sandwich ($8.50), oddly known as the French Poodle on the menu, is a pleasant surprise of layered flavors. A crispy and juicy battered chicken breast is topped with gooey melted brie, sweet caramelized onions, tart Granny Smith apple slices and spicy Dijon mustard.
Brews and booze
Although Lucky’s has a full bar and a concise wine list, beer is the center of the drink menu, even if the draft and bottle selections could be a bit more imaginative and locally focused.
Sweetwater 420 on draft ($5 for a shaker pint) is the only Atlanta brew, while craft beer crowd-pleasers Brooklyn Brown and New Belgium Skinny Dip are available in the bottle.
The "Old School” list cleverly features the likes of Carling Black Label, Genesee Cream Ale, Old Milwaukee, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Stroh’s for $2.75 a can, or order a “Mutt Bucket” for $17.
Lucky's Burger & Brew, 1144 Alpharetta Street, 770-518-5695
Signature dish: Burgers and sandwiches
Entree prices: $6-$10.75
Hours: 3-11 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 3 p.m.-midnight Fridays; noon.-midnight Saturdays; 12:30-11 p.m. Sundays. Opening Mondays-Fridays at noon beginning Sept. 20.
Credit cards: Yes
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