It’s been over four years since I posted about Lucky’s Golden Phenix Restaurant back in 2011.
I’m happy to report not a whole lot has changed. Jake and I brought T here for breakfast one recent Saturday morning. It wasn’t too crowded in the restaurant and it didn’t take long for Lucky to swing by and say hi to us.
A few things on the wall have been added or swapped out but the rest of it looks about the same.
I especially liked the addition of this cool utensil clock!
The other change we noticed is that Lucky has new menus. Yes, it’s spelled “Phenix”!
[2015 menu at Lucky’s]
The prices have raised a little since our last visit, but not by much.
[2011 menu at Lucky’s]
For comparison, above is the menu from 2011. The most “expensive” item on the menu is still under $5. One hot cake costs $.50 cents more while the price of coffee has raised a mere $.10 cents.
The coffee is average, but it’s hot and fulfilling for $0.95 cents. You get one refill with your breakfast. Additional refills are $0.25 cents.
[denver omelet with cheese / $4.80]
We let T “go crazy” and order whatever he wanted. I joked that he’d probably pick the most “expensive” thing on the menu but my predication was right. The Denver Omelet with cheese is the crazy price of $4.80 and comes with a mound of hash browns and toast. I had a couple of bites, but all I could taste were the green peppers. You still can’t beat the price of this filling breakfast.
Jake and I were going to share hot cakes and eggs and ordered two different plates and told Lucky we were going to share. He was nice enough to just split the breakfast for us. Adding it all up, our breakfast plates were about $4.28 each.
The sausage had a really nice, crispy exterior that Jake and I thought was awesome. I ate all the white part of the egg and then moved it over to Jake’s plate to finish off. The hash browns had a nice crispy-ish edge to them and the hot cake was decent. Drizzle a little syrup on it and it tastes just fine.
Here’s Lucky serving some of the customers near us. He’s such a cool guy, making jokes and greeting his customers. It’s a one man show here – Lucky does all the order taking, cooks the food, busses the tables, etc.
Once we were done with breakfast, Lucky stopped by and dropped us off some fortune cookies to finish our meal. We asked what we owed him and he said “$20”. We left him $25, bid him a good day, and was on our way.
It’s nice to see that some places just don’t change that much.
There’s a nice article about Lucky and his restaurant over on Eater San Diego that I recommend for a quick little read.
Lucky’s Golden Phenix Restaurant (FB)
3804 Grim Ave
(between North Park Way & University Ave)
San Diego, CA 92104
Closed Sundays and Holidays