Restaurant review: Lucy’s East Side Diner

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Lucy’s East Side Diner on Main Street

While in the Main & Broadway part of Mount Pleasant and pining for lunch, we waffled between Burdock & Co, and Lucy’s East Side Diner, before picking Lucy’s. I guess it was more of a comfort food day, than a west-coast cuisine day.

It was pretty busy, and we had a brief wait for a table (less than five minutes).

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Lucy’s feels very much like a throw back to a greasy spoon diner of yesteryear. And I mean that in a good way.  The checkered floor tiles, the swivel bar stools, the lino counter-tops, and certainly the menu.

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The menu is a mix of old school comfort food.  Mac & Cheese, meat loaf, burgers & fries, hot dogs, club sandwiches, salads, fried chicken, milk shakes, and an extensive brunch menu.

This being a weekend, the brunch crowd was here in force, but I wasn’t in the mood for omelets, hash browns, or sausage.

Do we went with a more “lunch” selection. First was the meat loaf with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables

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This is two slices of meatloaf, seared on a flat top, served with steamed veggies and two scoops of mashed potatoes topped with brown gravy.  The meat loaf is tender and well seasoned, with a little bit of a char on the sides.  The mashed potatoes were silky smooth and fluffy.  The gravy was okay, it had a “made-from-a-mix” flavor (looking throughout the menu, there’s really no roast beef or anything that yields pan drippings from which to make a gravy, so a prepared gravy is quite likely).

The second lunch selection was the philly cheese-steak sandwich with green salad

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This is thin slices of beef seared on a flat top with sautéed onions and bell peppers, served on a toasted hoagie bun, topped with melted processed cheese and grated cheddar and jack cheese.  It comes with a side of green salad with dressing.

I don’t normally like philly cheese steak.  It seems like a poor way to use rib eye beef, which begs to be roasted to medium, or grilled as a steak to medium rare.  Normally cheese steak cooks the meat to medium-well or well-done, which just seems sacrilegious.  But I digress.  I decided to give this a try.

This is actually pretty good.  The beef is sliced thin and cooked to well done, but it’s still fairly tender with some light caramelization around the edges.  The onions and peppers are sautéed to tender and sweet.  The melted process cheese is on the sparse side (which I consider to be a good thing) because the grated cheddar and jack make up the extra “cheesiness”.   The hoagie bun is toasted on the outside, but fluffy on the inside.

The green salad is made of leaf lettuce, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and chickpeas.  It’s fresh and crisp.  The dressing that comes on the side is a mustardy vinaigrette.  It’s mild and slightly tangy.

Overall, this is decent comfort food at a reasonable price.

The room is very retro.  It feels like its cut out from the 1950s.  It’s a little cramped in there, probably seating only 30 or so, and when it’s busy, there’s a lot of bumping around into others, or squeezing between them.

The service was pretty good, attentive, and friendly (in spite of how busy it was).

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