We ate there recently because some friends who live on James Island recommended it. We started with the black eyed pea fritters with ham hocks and we both found them mysteriously tasteless. The minuscule flecks of ham hock by themselves had flavor, and the black eyed peas by themselves did as well. But the whole thing together got lost in whatever they used to bind it all together. The salad they were served with was odd, both in concept and execution. Who eats a fritter nearly the size of a pool ball with a salad? The salad was diced cucumber, tomato and bell pepper that reminded me of pico de gallo, served with some mixed greens. It was dressed with red wine vinegar and nothing else. Both the fritters and the salad were screaming for salt and pepper.
For an entree I ordered the grilled pork chop special, which came with flash fried Brussels sprouts and griddled potato cakes. The best thing on the plate were the Brussels sprouts. They were caramelized and delicious and absolutely perfect. I appreciate it when people don't cook pork to death and pink in the center is perfectly fine. Mine was borderline raw in the center. It had been cooked over very high heat and there were some charred bits on the outside that tasted strongly of gas. The griddled potato cakes were just weird. It seemed like they took mashed potatoes and just put them on the griddle. They were lightly browned but had no texture. They were also very salty.
My partner got the fried chicken. The chicken was lukewarm and the breading was soft and not the least bit crispy. It also had a weird flavor, like they had cooked a lot of shrimp or something else in the same oil. Maybe it was the Brussels sprouts? The onion gravy was nice and had a flavor that reminded me of Thanksgiving.
It was okay overall, but fell into a middle ground where I'll probably not ever think of going back.
I'm no fan of bbq sauce and asked that it be withheld from the fried oysters that top the baked on the half shell pimento oysters. WOW-what a terrific starter.
As an early bird diner I often suspect prepared food from the afternoon lunch hour is the first out of the kitchen at supper time. That may not be the case at Lucky's. However, my order of fried chicken was served at room temperature and the skin was soggy. A second attempt by the kitchen produced piping hot crispy skinned pieces of rather bland chicken. Either way, I can't recommend this entree. The accompanying mashed potatoes with yummy onion gravy and the collards were both delicious.
Excellent service is worthy of a star but only if the food measures up. Maybe I'll go back and try a different entree but I doubt it.
Personally I have a three-tiered rating plan: 1) I'd go back 2) eh 3) awful. Lucky rates as an "eh".
I've now eaten at Virginia's five times, so I feel pretty comfortable in making this review. The bottom line is that the food and value are good (and sometimes very good), but the service is awful.
Fried Pickles: B+
Pulled Pork Sliders: A-
Blackened Scallops: D (scallops are the smallest I've ever seen and the citrus zest is overpowering)
She Crab Soup: A-
Wedge Salad: A-
Shrimp and Grits: B (not bad, but not up to Chucktown standards)
Country Fried Steak: A (my favorite so far)
Fried Chicken: A (among the best in town)
Blackened Catfish: B+ (could use a more delicate hand, particularly on the salt)
Hoppin John: A (love it, wish they served those black eyed peas on their own as well)
Sweet potato fries: B (a bit soggy the time I had them)
Mac & Cheese: A- (good, but much better available in town)
Steamed Broccoli: B- (broccoli was overripe)
Baby Lima Beans: B (overcooked and not much flavor)
Overall, quite good for the money, but maybe they should have a smaller menu and just offer what's freshly available for side dishes. Also, beer and wine selection is pretty weak.
As for the service, it's awful. Hostess seems perpetually confused and bored (hard to do at the same time). Servers always seem rushed and disappear from the dining room for long stretches. Tables do not get bused promptly. It's a small place, so it's probably difficult to staff for a rush, but something has got to give. The last two times I was there I ended up walking to the bar to ask for my bill. I'm not sure who's in charge, but it doesn't take an expert to look across the dining room and see that most tables are waiting for something.
Dining room is simple and elegant. The space could easily accommodate a far more formal restaurant.
Again, food is good and reasonably priced, but I doubt I'll be back unless management changes.
Ate here for brunch on sunday, can't say I was very impressed. I had heard a lot about the place and that it was top quality but upon eating here, I can not say I agree with the reviews. To their defense, it was 1 in the afternoon and all I had to eat all day was a glass of milk and a cup of coffee so I may have just been cranky. I got the shrimp and grits and I think the thing i disliked most was the type of sausage used. It was more of a kilbasa whereas I prefer a spicy andoulle for my shrimp and grits. My girlfriend got the pancakes and I thought they were great. Not really motivated to go back when there are sooo many restaurant options available.
Powered by Foundation
© Copyright 2013,
Charleston City Paper