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Everything changes, right?

Not Mr. Lucky. Or his prices.

Like, 85 cents for coffee? One egg with hash browns, toast, butter, and strawberry jam, $2.75?

Three eggs with three bacon, or three sausages or a hamburger patty, plus hash browns and toast, $3.60?

Or – top dollar – Denver omelet, $4.10?


Lucky's modest exterior

For the last 35 years, Lucky’s Golden Phenix (3804 Grim Avenue, at North Park Way, 619-297-2760) has been a hidden treasure people only seem to discover when they go to the North Park post office, which is kitty corner to his place.


The menu hasn't changed in decades. Why would it?

It has a UU-shaped double counter which kinda makes you talk with everybody facing you and has regulars who’ve been coming in every day for decades. Now, the cool crowd seems to be discovering Mr. Lucky.


My bacon and cheese omelet, with hash browns, muffin, coffee? "Make it five dollars."

Mind you, maybe they always did: they say Arnold Schwarzenegger would come in when he was training at Stern’s Gym, which is a block away.


The young Governator

Lucky has signed photos on the wall from famous people, like “To Lucky. Happiness. Debbie Reynolds.”


Just so you know: no sweeteners, just sugar for your coffee. No credit cards, just cash, and no written orders. Mr. Lucky, who was born in Canton, China, carries everything in his head. And he closes at midday, Monday to Saturday.


American food, Chinese knick-knacks

And when you ask for the check?

Mostly he’ll say “gimme five dollars.” Max, $5.50.

And if you only have a credit or debit card?

He’ll say “Pay me next time.”

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mhillmanxx Aug. 9, 2011 @ 9:17 a.m.

Writing an article about it kinda defeats the whole hidden treasure aspect. Love this place but I fear popularity could ruin the homey vibe there (many of those regulars are also the ones helping bus the counter). Last time I was in some family came in and got all huffy since its not the best place if you are in a hurry. If you feel compelled to go there just be cool, relax and enjoy. Thanks!


Visduh Aug. 9, 2011 @ 8:44 p.m.

Sounds fascinating and just great. Wish I didn't live forty miles or so away. And it would be a wonderful thing if we had such spots in No County.


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