Friday, September 4, 2015

Cheeseburger Paradise - Lucky's Last Chance: Philadelphia, PA

When you can get the tots, always get tots
Photo Credit: TH
What: Lucky's Last Chance
Where: 4421 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA
Order: Bacon Egg and Cheese Burger, Classic Tots

Philadelphia is a sandwich town, but the sandwiches its most known for are the cheesesteak and the roast pork sandwich. Both are noble creations, don't get me wrong. However, Philly can definitely stake a claim as an A+ burger town as well. Whether it's the proliferation of mid-level chain places like Bobby Flay's Burger Palace and Shake Shack or the various mom 'n pop joints that dot the landscape, one can do no wrong getting a burger in and around the City of Brotherly Love. Main Street in the Manayunk section is one of the hippest streets in town, so you know it has to have a joint for beef patties in between a bun. Lucky's Last Chance fits that description.

The corner joint, at the northeast corner of the intersection with Conarroe (about a quarter mile south of Green Lane, which has easy access to the not-so-easy and infamous thoroughfare known as the Schuylkill Expressway) offers plenty of great eats on the menu. For example, it has the American comfort food staples the hot dog and mac 'n cheese on lockdown. If you have the yen for an adult beverage, its craft beer selection is large and wide. However, I wanted a burger, and that's what I got.

I ordered the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Burger, because if anything has tickled my fancy over the last decade, it's been the trend of putting fried eggs on top of a cheeseburger. My only complaint was that the egg was fried hard. I prefer them over easy, but it was still well-seasoned and tasty. The egg was situated on top of gooey American cheese, two beef patties, and several slices of crispy bacon. Overall, it was a tasty burger, well worth going out of my way for, and the flavor skipped up when I put sriracha on the final few bites.

But the experience gets even better with the side dish. Lucky's Last Chance has french fries and onion rings, the classic burger sides, but it also has tater tots. When you can get tater tots, you order the goddamn tater tots, you hear me? YOU ORDER THE TATER TOTS, GODDAMMIT. They were golden fried and crispy and delicious and I could have eaten a whole trough. The burger will get you in the door, but the tots, man, the tots will keep you coming back.