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Lucky’s Burger and Brew

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Nothing against the cat lovers out there, but I’m a dog guy. And I’m especially a sucker for golden retrievers. They’re friendly, laid-back and fun-loving, and we humans could learn a thing or two from them.

So it’s no surprise that I love the fact that Roswell’s newest tavern takes its name from a member of my favorite breed, after owner Ernie Geyer’s golden, Lucky.

Review by Jon Watson

Review by Jon Watson

Though many groan at the mention of another burger place in Atlanta, Lucky’s Burger and Brew doesn’t feel like an attempt to get in on a fad. Instead, we find a welcoming local watering hole serving quality burgers, sandwiches and cheap beer.

It seems that Geyer’s canine also inspired the atmosphere at Lucky’s. The modern diner setting, with a retro maroon and yellow color scheme, sports multiple portraits of his friendly pup. The patio is also dog friendly, and diners are encouraged to bring them along.

Burgers reign supreme on Lucky’s menu. You can build your own burger (starting at $6), choosing between the beef, turkey or black bean patty, with toppings ranging from complimentary to $1 each. However, I recommend looking first to their selection of specialty burgers before customizing your own.

For some south-of-the-border kick, try the Chihuahua ($9). The green chilies, guacamole, pepper jack cheese and chipotle mayonnaise gives this a nice jolt of heat. The Poodle Chaser ($8.50) comes topped with brie, caramelized onions and Dijon. Though I enjoy the use of brie, a cheese not often seen on a burger, it nearly overwhelms the flavor of the beef.

The Undertaker: it could bury you (photo by Becky Stein)

The Undertaker: it could bury you (photo by Becky Stein)

But the burger that won me over is the simple Double Stacker ($8.50), consisting of two 4-ounce patties and cheese. Like all of their burgers, this comes with lettuce, tomato and pickle on the side, but I never reached for them. GM/Chef Ted Lescher uses an 80/20 grind of grain-fed beef, sourced from Buckhead Beef, and the Double Stacker showcases it well. Cooked to medium, this oozed juice and packed a lot of beefy flavor.

All of the burgers come on a toasted challah bun and include fries or cole slaw, but I upgraded to the onion rings ($1.25). Sliced thin, the crispy rings come with a delicious white barbecue sauce. I highly recommend trying these, even as a standalone side ($3.50).

There is more to Lucky’s than burgers, though. The lightly battered tempura fried artichoke hearts ($5) are a pleasant surprise. Swap out the Poodle Chaser’s patty for a fried chicken breast and add a few slices of granny smith apples and you get the French Poodle ($8.50), a great alternative if you aren’t in the burger mood.

Some dishes could use some work. The Buffalo Fries ($2.50) quickly turn to a soggy mess. Almost all dill flavor disappears behind the heavy batter — however delicious that batter may be — on the fried pickles ($4).

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Lucky’s wonderfully inexpensive beer selection. The 12-ounce cans of “Old School” beers ($2.75) include Tecate, Old Milwaukee and, my favorite, Stroh’s. Lucky’s runs regular daily specials featuring one of these beers for a mere $1.50 each. Tough to argue with that.

The food at Lucky’s is consistently satisfying and though none is that revolutionary, it doesn’t try to be. This is a great neighborhood tavern that locals and their furry friends should frequent.

LUCKY’S BURGER AND BREW
1144 Alpharetta Street, Roswell, 770-518-5695
2stars5Food: Burgers, wings and sandwiches
Service: Friendly and helpful
Best Dishes: The Double Stacker, tempura fried artichoke hearts and the French Poodle
Vegetarian Selection: All of the burgers can be made with a black bean patty and multiple salads are available as well.
Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express
Hours: Noon-close Mondays-Saturdays, 12:30 p.m-close Sundays
Children: Fine
Parking: Ample
Reservations: No
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Smoking: No
Noise Level: Low to moderate
Patio: Yes
Takeout: Yes

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5 comments Add your comment

Muffin

February 24th, 2011
8:11 am

I came here in December after taking my pooch to get her Santa picture taken down the street at Pawsabilities. We sat on the patio for 30 minutes without a single glance in our direction after we told them we were out there. So we got up and left and went to Diesel instead. Also dog friendly and apparently, customer friendly as well.

otp

February 24th, 2011
4:39 pm

adam is a douche

Jeanie D.

February 24th, 2011
4:40 pm

We eat at Lucky’s quite frequently and we have always enjoyed our meals there. They have a wonderful “South of Cobb” salad that is delicious and almost too big to finish; even their house salad is great, loaded with plenty of good stuff, and is enough for an evening meal. One of those salads, along with a basket of their kettle chips and spinach/artichoke dip…we couldn’t ask for more! I hope they stay in Roswell…well, forever!

Hmmm

February 24th, 2011
5:16 pm

Food was ok. Service– Had a $4-5/beer. Waiter knocked it over and spilled it delivering food. Didn’t comp another one. Disappointing service in that respect.

ac

March 1st, 2011
3:08 pm

Diesel is crap! The food sucks and the owners are down right rude! What a waste of a perfect space! Lucky’s is much better and if you want good pizza go to Brickhouse!