After hearing about the big crowds and seeing pretty good reviews here last year I finally got around to dinner at the Lucille's in Lake Forest last night. Maybe it was an off night but I have to say I was not at all impressed with the meat. It wasn't bad, just not anything to go back for.
My wife and I shared the large sampler to get a taste of 3 different meats - babybacks, tri-tip and chicken. Of the 3 the chicken was the best for us - juicy, large 1/2 portion, decent flavor. The tri-tip was over cooked and the ribs, while tender, had little indigenous flavor. Addition of the original style sauce helped but should really only be a condiment for decent Q.very good.
That said, I have to say that the sides were actually better than the meats. We had sweet potatos and shoestring fries (yeah - too much starch, but m-m-m-m). The sarter salads (one house, one caesar) were basic but good too. A Pyramid Heffeweisen and a Black & Tan from the bar were a good accompaniment.
Service was very good, efficient and knowledgable. Nice touch to explain the sauces and to ask us if we wanted to see the smoker when visit we said it was our first visit.
Bottom line - OK place.... but the meat was not as good as I make at home, and I'm no expert. We wondered why it was so busy. Aren't we in a recession?
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