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Aug 12, 2006 06:29 PM

Lucky Boy in Pasadena: Can it be? Too much bacon?

Lucky Boy is greasy spoon right across the street from the Trader Joe's on Arroyo Pkwy in Pasadena. It's been mentioned often here. In fact, there's a very real possibility that I posted a nearly identical review about it the last time we went. But, that's ok. Re-reviewing it keeps info fresh. But I feel the need to give 'em a plug. Last night was super tasty.

While I was waiting for my turn to order, I was watching the goings on in the kitchen. I saw a gentleman making a sandwich that mistified me. It had so much bacon on it that I had to ask what the hell it was. I was told it was going to be a BLT. I asked if that was the regular amount of bacon they use or was that "extra bacon?"
I was told that that was the standard amount (looked like ten or so slices).

I got a bacon cheese burger. My honey got a carne asad burrito. We shared a large order of chili cheese fries, well-done.

Chili cheese fries: So huge and filling that we should have taken home the burger and burrito (but didn't). I asked for mustard at the counter. I put a lot of it on my half of the chili cheese fries. -Made it perfect, in my opinion.

Then I opened my burger. Holy shmoly! They put so much bacon on my burger that I dare say it was TOO much bacon. I didn't know there was such a thing. It was sort of like, when you get a corned beef sandwich at a deli and it's pile so high that the only sensible thing to do is to take out half of the meat...THAT MUCH BACON.

Carne asada burrito: Kinda weird, actually. There was a ton of meat in it accompanied only by pico de gallo. No beans, no rice. A purist kind of burrito. But the meat wasn't charry and it seemed like the wrong cut. It was more of a brisket burrito, if there is such a thing. We won't worder that one again.

640 S Arroyo Pkwy
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 793-0120
hours? I don't know. Give 'em a call.

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  1. The breakfast burrito at Luck Boy is money. It too has a load of bacon inside along with potatoes and eggs. I usually have a hard time finishing it on my own. It's one of those two hands burritos. Ask for a side of thousand island dressing on the side when you get the breakfast burrito. It adds so much to the burrito.

    also, in the same general area, you should try out Rick's drive-thru. They have a "spuderito" which his a burrito with nothing but cheese, fries, and hot sauce inside. you can also add meat to it. Their beef burritos (no beans) are tasty as well. Reminds me of the chili cheese burrito ("chilito) they got rid of at Taco Bell years ago.

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    1. re: sumo10

      Yes, the first time I ordered the breakfast burrito I actually ordered extra bacon! Yikes! ;-) It sure is delicious, though!
      Will have to try the Gyro.
      Rick's is so good. But not for the burgers. I always get either their tostadas or tacos with no tomato, extra cheese, extra hot sauce, add onions. DELICIOUS! I will have to try their beef burrito - I LOVED the chilito from TB. The closest they have now is the combo burrito with extra red sauce!!

    2. I just called. The guy kept repeating 6am-2am, 6am-2am. I work very close by and THANK YOU for the tip.

      1. Reading your post just clogged my arteries...yikes! That's puttin' em' down!
        It's been 20 years or so since the last time I ate there. Yes, it's a fast food grease pit but if that's what you're looking, they're not bad at all. At least they didn't use to be and it sounds like they've stayed consistent. Agree with the Rick's suggestion; another artery clogging (but good) grease pit. I believe they're re-locating but not sure to where to and when.

        1. yup that burrito's killer. i can never finish it although my bf sometimes does. i don't like bacon so luckily you can substitute it with ham or chorizo.

          i like lucky boy's monstrosity of a gyro. so freakin huge with a generous tub of tzatziki sauce which is thankfully served on the side. just be sure to order it "without lettuce".

          1. For a good, potentially healthier burrito, check out those on offer at Gerlach's, Glenarm & Fair Oaks.

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            1. re: mc michael

              Amen! Gerlach's makes one of the best fish burritos and tacos with a healthy twist, of course. Which to some people might not taste as good.
              In fact, I think they make great food, period. Great salad and awesome fish soup. Ask for fresh fish specials. Strictly take out!