photo: Courtesy of Nick Flandro
Just up the block from the old Biograph Theater, this Wrightwood neighborhood sports bar and eatery boasts much more than your average bar eats. It's tapas-meets-American-fast-food, with a few random surprises along the way.
The unexpected menu reflects the backgrounds of the men at the helm. While owner David Knight wanted to retain the Spanish-style cuisine served at the location's former restaurant, chef David Burns hoped to infuse the American cooking he'd been doing at Bella's. Hence, the men married the two kinds of cuisine in Lucille's eclectic menu. Originally limited to Cuban selections, the tapas menu now boasts tasty, small-plate items such as spinach and goat cheese quiche, sea scallops in sage browned butter sauce, lobster empanadas and marinated flank steak with mushroom ceviche. In addition to the year-round sports bar fare of chicken fingers, cheese fries, corn dogs and spinach and artichoke dip, two-buck cheeseburger baskets kick up Monday night game-watching during football season. Items like the three-fromage grilled cheese and bacon sandwich round out the selection. Dishes average $7-$10.
A massive, turn-of-the-century full bar offers eight beers on tap, mixed drinks and homemade red and white sangrias. Thursday through Saturday nights find the tables packed, but there's plenty of reason to visit on other nights of the week: Wednesday evenings host live music, and once a month on varying Wednesdays, the bar plays the dating game of Date-and-Dash. Registered guests who've paid the $32 fee to join the fun, enjoy plates full of appetizers and complimentary drinks while sizing up their potential partners in crime. Every Monday night at 8pm, acoustic open mic!
Centerstage Reviewer: Colin Douglas