|Lucille's in Brea at 8:30 p.m. on a summer night|
Okay, I couldn't resist a brief song reference. I promise not to do it again. Maybe.
Friday night I met up with a good friend to celebrate her birthday at a BBQ place called Lucille's. (There are other Southern California locations, they're just all equally far away from us.) I'd been to Lucille's before, but since it's located way over in Brea, I don't get there very often.
First of all, it took me nearly an hour and a half to drive over there from my office! Yikes. But once I got there, it was totally worth the drive.
|Onion Straw "Haystack" with Chipotle Sauce|
|Your Truly enjoying the ambiance|
But then dinner came and the angels sang and the world was wonderful again.
|The Memphis Pulled Pork, with creamy Cheesy Grits|
I decided to order something I wouldn't normally order, that was unique to Lucille's Southern Smokehouse cooking. I opted for a Memphis Style Pulled Pork sandwich. This featured a melt in your mouth pulled pork topped with coleslaw prepared with a mustardy dressing. I couldn't have been happier. It was delicious. I added a bit of the house brand "hot and spicy" barbeque sauce and it was heaven.
For my choice of a side order, I debated over whether or not to choose sweet potato fries, barbeque beans or creamy cheesy grits.
Now, I spent a couple of years of my childhood in Tennessee where I developed an affinity for grits. I opted for the grits and did not regret it one bit. Or bite!
We're talking smooth cheesy goodness punctuated by mild and sweet green chilies. It was a really, really good dish.
|The beautiful bar area was packed|
|The charming decor makes you believe you're really Down South|
Don't judge. After all, that's why we came. We were there to claim my friend's free birthday dessert.
She chose Snickers Pie. It came with a birthday candle. She said it was delicious.
|Happy Birthday Snickers Pie|
I managed about three bites before I asked for a take-home box!
|Billed as Best Chocolate Cake - and it was!|
When we left, we discovered there was a huge line of folks outside on the porch waiting for a table and I felt a bit embarrassed that we'd lingered over our food as long as we did. But friends, when food is that seductive... well, ya just gotta enjoy it.
Y'all have a fine week ahead, ya hear?