Saturday, December 19, 2015
Club Lucky in Bucktown, a while ago, a friend, also from Mid-Michigan, lived around the corner from it and really liked it. A coworker recently recommended it as well, so I finally decided to try it out. As it's located in the neighborhood, it's a bit off the beaten path, and unless you are going there, it isn't somewhere you will pass by everyday, so it's pretty easy to slip your mind. Located on a corner, it is easy to find, but it is a block off the main drag. Arriving there, I had a small annoyance. I am a cyclist and I like to lock up close to where I am going. There were no bike racks in the area and the street signs around the building had "no bike parking" signs on them and there didn't look like there were any other street signs on that side of the street. I ended up locking up across the street. Entering the restaurant felt like going back in time. Club Lucky was apparently a dance club in the 1940's and they have seemed to have kept the style. (The bar side of the club was also a hardware store that hid a speakeasy during prohibition). The entrance is in the lounge area and you have to walk through the lounge to get to the dining room. I sat in the lounge, which has the same menu as the main dining room because I didn't want to take up a two top with just myself in a busy restaurant. While I didn't dine in there, I did take a look. There were booths on one side and two tops on the other with larger round tables in the middle of the room. The floor was tile, the walls were wallpapered, and the furniture was wood. Everything had an old style to it. As I was eating, I noticed that the restaurant had a lot of regulars that the staff knew and many of whom could order without looking at the menu. While the menu was pretty classic and I probably could have picked a classic Italian dish that was on the menu, I wanted to see the breadth of what they had. I started things off in the lounge with a cocktail, The Pamplemousse, the French word for Grapefruit. It started with Creme de Pamplemousse and mixed with it, Hendrick's Gin, St. Germain, Lemon, and a fresh Thyme garnish. As might be guessed, the drink has a strong grapefruit flavor. It was very refreshing and I liked it.