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Lucky Cafe in Dorchester

Jim Leff Jan 28, 2007 12:50 PM

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: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/maga... (under "Meat Market"


I actually liked the gingery stuff best.


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  1. Luther RE: Jim Leff Jan 28, 2007 04:18 PM

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

    1. MichaelB RE: Jim Leff Jan 28, 2007 06:28 PM

      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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        Jim Leff RE: MichaelB Jan 28, 2007 07:26 PM

        Agreed char siu is weak. Get the chicken rice.

        I didn't get much else there.

        1. re: MichaelB
          limster RE: MichaelB Jan 28, 2007 07:44 PM

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

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          Venable RE: Jim Leff Jan 30, 2007 08:57 AM

          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
            Jim Leff RE: Venable Jan 30, 2007 02:37 PM

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

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