Ive been walking by Lucky Devils for several months now, noticing they get closer and closer to opening. Then, a couple weeks ago I saw what must have been a dry run, with a whole group of people being led around the restaurant and listening carefully to whatever the leader was telling them.
So tonight, I was pleasantly surprised to see theyre open for business.
First of all, let me just scream this out so I can stop carrying it with me: the toasted pecan shake is KILLER. It is the best shake I have ever had. It costs more than two lunches at Tacos Villa Corona, but it is the bomb. The menu says Madagascar Vanilla Bean Custard blended with Freshly Toasted Pecans $4.25.
It comes in a metal soda fountain container, and it is the kind of shake you eat with a spoon. The frozen custard is rich and tasty, and the toasted pecans give it a crunch and a slightly bitter bite that make you just want one more spoonful. Then another one. Then another one .
Okay. Im okay now.
The premise of Lucky Devils, as closely as I can tell, is American food prepared with very top ingredients. They only use organic vegetables, organic meats, no trans fats in the French fries, etc.
They have artisan beers on tap and out-of-the-ordinary beers by the bottle. Theres a small wine list by the glass, but they cover most of the main varietals (albeit with only one offering per varietal). They also have draft root beer on tap.
The menu is broken down by burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, other sandwiches, salads and sides.
Of note: Kobe Bacon Blue Burger: Half-Pounder on an artisan potato bun, Maytag blue cheese, Swiss gruyere, Nueske bacon, caramelized onions, and garlic aioli $16.95. This is the most expensive item on the menu. The grilled cheese sandwiches also look pretty good. And the server recommended the Kobe Hoagie: thinly sliced, fresh Kobe, Grilled Onions, Bell Peppers, Julienned Jalapenos and Vermont White Cheddar on a Toasted Egg Bun.
To go with my Pecan shake, I chose the Grilled Chicken Breast Sandwich: Arugula, Pepper Jack Cheese, Avocado and Aioli on a Toasted Artisan Egg Bun $11.95.
The chicken breast was pounded to a consistent thickness, so it could be cooked perfectly. It was larger than the bun, which was okay, as its size held the fresh avocado slices in place. The arugula gave the sandwich a nice crunch and a certain fresh taste that rounded out the cheese and the aioli. I really enjoyed it. And it came with way more French fries than I could finish, especially with the shake. The French fries were very good, too. They werent the yellow ones you get at McDonalds. They were brownish, as they were obviously twice cooked. They were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They were sprinkled with large grain salt, which was administered in just the right amount.
The servers are obviously new, but not in the way you would expect. My server had personally tasted many of the dishes (a plus in my book, as I usually ask what is good). He and the others were also totally on top of getting the food to the tables, and I didnt notice a single malfunction. The only way I knew everyone was kind of new at this was that everyone from the server to the hostess to the guy who must have been Lucky kept asking how the meal was, how I was doing, etcetera.
The difference here is that they seemed sincerely interested in my response. It wasnt the typical Everything okay here? spiel. It was a friendly question designed to improve the meal in any way they could.
With hamburgers ranging from $12.95 to $16.95, and a grilled cheese sandwich clocking-in at $10.95, this is a pretty expensive place. But given the type of food on the menu, it doesnt look like theyre trying to compete with Bills Burgers down the street. I suspect they wont have much business from the under-aged tattooed crowd.
If they can keep up the great service, and keep the food consistent, I think this place just may make it. I'm definitely going back to try some of the other items on the menu.
6613 Hollywood Blvd (at Whitley/Cherokee)