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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!

            2. Back to bacon- I guess there is such a thing as too much bacon- I understand Elvis ate a pound or more at breakfast & the Heart Association would tell you more than 1 piece/month is too much. To me the amount of bacon on Lucky boy's BLT is what makes it an above avg BLT.

              1. I made the bacon mistake the first coupla times I went to Lucky Boy. Now I always get the breakfast burrito with ham, and it's great. The burritos are large, and they keep well. I've had them the next day (just put them in the toaster oven for a while). And I like the salsa they serve with it.

                1. My boyfriend grew up in Pasadena and cannot go more than a couple weeks without a Lucky Boys run. The BF burritos are HUGE and soooo good, I like them with sausage or chorizo and extra salsa. Another really good item is the club sandwich, LOADED with bacon! I usually take off half of it and add avocado and it is perfect. Everything Ive tried here is good, especially the pastrami burger and double cheeseburger. I never liked chili fries until I tried them here. Id say out of the other places in the area (Tops, The Hat, Everest, Wolfs Burgers) this is definitely the tastiest. We live in the San Fernando Valley now, about 40 minutes away, but we would definitely go out of our way to eat here. My boyfriend uses Lucky Boys as a guide to compare every other greasy-spoon type burger joint, and not one has matched up yet! (Kings Burgers in Northridge comes close though). I would say after a night of bar hopping in Old Town this is definitely a place to try.

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                  1. re: tiffnie

                    When I have dinner plans in Old Town, I take the 110 North from Downtown which turns into Arroyo. Once it turns into surface streets, I drive right by Lucky Boy and I have to admit that many times I've thought to myself, "Screw the reservations, I'm eating at Lucky Boy!"

                    One of these days, I'll listen to that voice and be very satisfied with myself while making someone else very irate.

                  2. i was going to post the whole 'that's a whole lot of bacon' thing because i had lucky boy's breakfast burrito for the first time. I do love bacon, but that thing was close to half of it. Really good, i felt incredibly guilty after eating it. I want to try the Gyro next time and their fried zucchinni. I love fried zucchini, but haven't found a good substitute to the place i used to go to in the valley.

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                    1. re: jessisthebest11

                      I cannot remember if I had ucky Boy's but the fried zucchini at Top's (Pasadena) is really great (and their Ranch is good, too!).

                      1. re: WildSwede

                        they do have fried zucchini at lucky boy's

                        1. re: phant0omx

                          battered or breaded? how are they at Top's, never been.

                    2. I really like Lucky Boy but their food isn't special (in fact it's a big gross), it's just a great value and the people are nice. They're open late which is what attracts me most but they have big portions of comforting so-bad-for-you food, which when you're in the mood for it is the best.

                      I also agree with the poster that recommended Tops (or Topz?), a great chain in the Pasadena area.