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Jan 28, 2007 12:50 PM

Lucky Cafe in Dorchester

I drove past Lucky Cafe (1107 Dorchester Ave, Dorchester; 617-822-9888) just last week, thought it looked good, went in, got some stuff, really liked it (and the friendly staff). It's a Chinese roast meat place.

There's some chow zeitgeist woojoo going on here, but today I see they hit the big time: (under "Meat Market"


I actually liked the gingery stuff best.


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  1. The garlic-ginger oil has always been my favorite thing about Hainan chicken rice, or any other Chinese-style meat with flabby skin.

    1. uh, "some stuff"? whadja GET, Jim? I'm glad to hear good things, and to see the positive Globe review of the roasted meats. My one time there I was on a char siu mission and while they were okay, they weren't nearly as good as the ones from the Kam Man in Quincy or the ur-version at Hong Kong Eatery in Chinatown. Kinda tough, and lacking the deeply glazed quality that the best ones have. I'll definitely try it again for the other roast meats though; good to know.

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      1. re: MichaelB

        Agreed char siu is weak. Get the chicken rice.

        I didn't get much else there.

        1. re: MichaelB

          Haven't been in a couple of months, but my favourite char siu is at China Pearl Best Cafe.

        2. This place (Lucky Cafe) is just around the corner from my apartment. I've had the mixed barbeque (R1) a couple of times and really enjoyed it, but would like to explore the menu a bit more. I don't know much about the cuisine, though - any specific suggestions?

          Thanks 'hounds!

          PS - What does "There's some chow zeitgeist woojoo going on here" mean?

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          1. re: Venable

            Just the synchronicity of my finding it just before they got press. Sometimes it's like obscure place suddenly starts attracting attention in parallel.