Over on Tryon Road, I’ve been dying to try Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen! The story behind the name Lucky 32 is that the founder/owner’s father owned a race car with the number 32 and voila! Restaurant name. Finally I was able to stop by with some co-workers for a nice lunch and let’s just say that Lucky 32 is Southern cuisine, plus. In front they’ve even got a small stand of produce that you can purchase from, nice touch! The inside decor of Lucky 32 is classic and stylish, full of tans and ambers, high ceilings and a large open dining room. It’s an impressive looking, open dining room, great for a business lunch.
Sitting in the side room we ordered it up pretty good, starting with some sweet-potato hush-puppies, voodoo pig bread (yes, you heard that right) and I did an entree of Southern fried catfish. The voodoo pig bread is a Lucky 32 special: ciabatta with pulled pork, chevre cheese, onions and cilantro, very tasty!
And my main of corn-meal fried catfish was nicely prepared, cooked until just tender with a nice, non-greasy crust. My favorite of the meal was the lightly whipped sweet potatoes although the cheese smothered broccoli was great too. The sweet potato hush-puppies, I wasn’t so fond of, they were a bit dense and maybe over-fried. Now I have to say that Lucky 32 does a very nice job with their food preparation, all the dishes are prepared with care. But I also have to confess that I’m not a huge fan of this style of food, my taste buds lean towards more flavor and more spices. Lucky 32’s focus is on well-prepared Southern seasonal which only gets me so excited.
Service-wise Lucky 32 is excellent, very well-trained staff that knows how to handle their tables, this place reminds me of 18 Seaboard which has a similar menu and also delivers great service. So if you’re in the area and need to do a business lunch, I’ve got you a place! I am really glad to have finally made it over to Lucky 32 and it’s a really decent dining spot. Now if I can only make it back over here for their Wednesday Skillet Chicken night, I’m pretty sure it’ll be sometime soon!
7307 Tryon Road
Cary, NC 27518