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Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen: From Farm to Fork

Jan 12th, 2012 | By | Category: Eatsboro
 Pulled Pork on Johnny Cakes

Pulled Pork on Johnny Cakes

Usually when I think of a southern kitchen my memory takes me to a place in a small town where I once ate surrounded by senior citizens, flies, and greasy vinyl booths. Lucky 32 is a different kind of southern restaurant.

I made my first visit to the gourmet southern dinning room for my 3-year anniversary dinner with my now-fiancée. A line taken from the restaurant’s website sums up our experience well:  “Discover American Southern Cuisine rooted in the Piedmont, served in an upscale environment.” The atmosphere is much like a southern diner-type restaurant. You will find booths with glass separators, an open window kitchen and many smiling faces, but Lucky 32 takes it up a few notches from your traditional southern dining experience with solid wood booths, low ambient lighting, and polished brass. The owners paid close attention to every detail of the restaurant’s interior to make each patron’s dining experience a special one.

At Lucky 32 the food is the main focus. With the motto “From farm to fork” the concentration is on bringing locally grown food to the table. The menu features a center column with seasonal dishes made with ingredients grown in season and locally for the freshest, best tasting food. The menu also contains options for special dietary needs like gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan customers as well. The restaurant is part of the Piedmont Grown program, which guarantees the produce and farm goods are grown right here in the Piedmont. With many local vendors such as Homeland Creamery, Counter Culture Coffee, Goat Lady Dairy, and Cane Creek Farms you know you’re getting a real Carolina made meal.

Cornmeal Crusted Carolina Catfish

Cornmeal Crusted Carolina Catfish

When I come across a menu this big it is a little overwhelming, but I finally landed my decision on the Pulled Pork on Johnny Cakes with the legendary Voodoo Sauce. I noticed a display of packaged bottles of Voodoo Sauce when I walked in the door. I thought to myself, “It must be good if they mass produce the stuff and bottle it.” This meal came with a choice of 3 side items from a sides menu boasting 17 options. I went for the green beans, creamy grits, and a southern favorite:  collard greens. Sally, being a vegetarian and occasional pescatarian, decided to go with the Cornmeal Crusted Catfish with Creole mayonnaise, which also came with three sides. She chose mashed potatoes, beans and kale greens, and mac & cheese.

The Johnny Cakes are three little corn meal cakes spread out in a line with succulent pulled pork topping them off. The Voodoo barbecue sauce seems like a happy medium between Eastern and Western NC sauce. It is not too thick, but also achieves a good runniness. You want to pour the Voodoo sauce directly on top of these cakes so they coat the pork. The excess will drip down into the cakes, causing them to soak up the sauce and add even more flavor to the already delicious corn cakes. The freshness of the sides seems to go a long way. The collards are salted and cooked perfectly. It is hard to find decent collard greens as they are usually way overcooked and salted beyond taste. The green beans are tender yet crisp, with a wonderful bright green tone and exceptional taste. If you’ve never had fresh grits this is where you want to order them. Mmmmm.

The entrance to Lucky 32

The entrance to Lucky 32

The catfish is soft and flaky with a crusted corn meal coating and light drizzle of savory yet spicy Creole mayo. When you break through the crisp crust the steam billows upward and the fragrance of fresh catfish hits your nose. The mac & cheese contains several types of cheese, giving it a unique and really delicious taste. For me the only way to have mashed potatoes is to leave some of the skin in them. It provides great texture and contrast while eating. The beans and kale were salted just perfectly.

Lucky 32 is the perfect place for any special occasion or just having a dinner with close friends and family. My birthday is this Saturday and this will definitely be my choice for dinner.

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen

1421 Westover Terrace, Greensboro | Map

Phone: (336) 370-0707

Hours: Mon 11:15am-9pm, Tues-Thurs 11:15am-10pm, Fri 11:15-11pm, Sun 10am-9pm

Pricing: $3-$28

Vegetarian friendly: Yes, vegan and gluten-free too

Family Friendly: Yes

Service: Outstanding

Take Out/Dine In: Both

Ambiance: 10/10

Overall Rating: 10/10

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