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Opening: Lucy's Fried Chicken

Would be interested in thying this out........

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  1. whoa, deep fried deviled eggs? that is both insane and ingenious. I will be trying this immediately.

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    1. re: willtryanythingonce

      Made deep fried deviled eggs at home,not bad. Curious if the chicken will be good. Only had Olivia's at ACL and wasn't blown away.

    2. Gosh, those prices seem really steep.

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      1. re: brentwood

        I think I'll pass on the $12 grilled cheese sandwich, thanks!

        1. re: heyzeus212

          Yeah, I also did notice that it was a little pricey as well. That grilled cheese better be worth writing home over.

          We shall see......

        2. re: brentwood

          Especially the novelty-priced calf fries. That's just outrageous Calf fries are less than $2/lb wholesale. They should not cost the same as real oysters.

          -sw

          1. re: sqwertz

            also, the cooked oysters cost twice as much ($13 for a dozen raw or six cooked).

            1. re: dinaofdoom

              The gonads are $12.50 (unless they changed the price since I looked at the menu last night)

              1. re: sqwertz

                That does seem steep for such an inexpensive item to source. That said, I've always wanted to try them and the only place anyone knew of around here that "maybe" had them was in Waco.

                I'm torn. Their sides sound really legit. Nouveau home cookin' places though always shoot up a red flag for me. In fact, I think I might honestly be able to say that I've NEVER been to one that compared to a true, old school affair. Hell– even a new place can be good if they're just a real down-home-style place without all of the pretense, but this... Soco location. Fancy sign. Obviously well designed identity and menu (and I'm saying that as a graphic designer, too). I'll try this place, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

                1. re: popvulture

                  Also I just noticed... 27 bucks for a PIE? JESUS!

                  1. re: popvulture

                    I'm heading over there now, wallet in TOW.

                  2. re: popvulture

                    FWIW Heitmillers in Waco has calf fries

                    1. re: popvulture

                      Yes, I want to try them before I'd ever attempt them at home. They look like they'd be hard to purge of blood and may taste "livery" (they are not pretty when raw). But not for $12.50.

                      -sw

            2. Tried Lucy's out today for lunch. It was almost 2:00 when we got there, and there were other customers but it wasn't too crowded. I liked the atmosphere. Kind of cozy inside where we sat, with a decent-sized bar, and it looked like they have lots of outdoor seating for nice weather.

              The waiter (for some reason I'd been expecting counter service) was quite friendly and told us what he thought of just about everything on the menu. We should have tried a couple of the more interesting sounding appetizers, but we both wanted fried chicken and sides and pie already, so we didn't. We ordered two three-piece baskets, oyster dressing, grilled coleslaw, and a couple of the local beers on tap.

              The food came out so fast I was worried that the chicken had been sitting around under heat lamps or something, and would be dry. But it was hot, moist, and delicious. Really tasty. The baskets actually came with four large pieces each, two dark and two white by default, plus a skewer of hot pickled vegetables. We both really liked the chicken and devoured it. The coleslaw had a unique smoky flavor, and wasn't bad but didn't do a whole lot for me. I probably wouldn't order it again. The dressing tasted like pretty standard cornbread dressing, and I was only able to detect one small piece of oyster in the portion of it that I ate, which was about half.

              We'd been trying to save room for the fabulous sounding (and pricey) pies, but there was so much chicken we were too stuffed to have anything else, so we got a slices of the sweet tea and the shoofly to go instead. Haven't eaten them yet, but they look pretty great. Particularly the shoofly.

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              1. re: hlk

                oooohhh.... Shoofly! Haven't found any since I left PA. Started making my own to get my fix. Will definitely have to try theirs!

              2. My crew and I had a Christmas eve bucket and the chicken is pretty good. It has flavor and isn't over-breaded. I was concerned about the darkness of the chicken and thought I was going to a Lucky J's type situation but thankfully the chicken was perfectly cooked. I didn't eat any but the cornbread got good reviews from my group. Didn't care for the potato salad, really no flavor. So will I go back? I think so but I wish they had some more traditional sides, mac and cheese or maybe potatoes.

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                1. re: Rptrane

                  as an aside, is the Lucky J situation consistently dark. I took some out of town guest there once, and the chicken was definitely overcooked. GOod to hear that Lucy's is tasty.

                  1. re: rudeboy

                    I went there twice both times the chicken was burned overly breaded and a nightmare. Both times I threw out my chicken.

                2. Tried Lucy's for lunch on the 23rd ~ arrived at 1:10pm, got a parking spot (amazing) and immediately got seated. Had the 3 piece basket & the grilled slaw. Slaw didn't have a lot of 'grilled' flavor I could discern, but it was light and crunchy & a good accompaniment to the chicken.

                  The chicken was hot out of the fryer, tender, juicy, crispy goodness on the outside, well seasoned, really really tasty. Would go back in a heartbeat~ hopefully this time with a bunch of co-eaters so I can do more 'sampling' as lots of stuff on the menu sounds quite good.

                  What I loved is that they offer good bubbly by the glass, so perfect with fried foods.