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Dining Deal
Comfort food rules at The Lucky Diner in Belltown

This article, published Nov. 2, 2012, was corrected Nov. 2, 2012. A previous version misstated the name of a supplier, Don and Joe's Meats. By Tyrone Beason
Seattle Times staff writer

When Justin Mevs opened The Lucky Diner in 2011, he wanted to bring Belltown denizens "stick-to-your-ribs comfort food" reminiscent of the diners he used to work at back home in upstate New York before attending culinary school. But with a focus on fresh, quality ingredients and knowledgeable cooking, the restaurant is anything but your typical greasy spoon.

The menu: Comfort food rules from breakfast to dinner on the extensive menu. Chicken-fried pork chops with country gravy and eggs ($11.95), blackened salmon scramble ($13.95) and omelets ($9.95-$12.95) highlight the breakfast offerings. Lunch and dinner options include subs and sandwiches, burgers with freshly ground beef from Don and Joe's Meats ($12.95-$14.95), and platters such as The Rochacha ($12.95). Nicknamed after Mevs' hometown Rochester, N.Y., where the dish is affectionately called The Garbage Plate, it's a grilled ground-beef patty topped with American cheese and served with home fries and macaroni salad and finished with minced onions, yellow mustard and beanless "cha-cha" chili. Mix it all up and enjoy. There are several veggie dishes and meat substitutes for each meal of the day. Breakfast is served around the clock.

What to write home about: Chicken and beer make a great comfort-food combo, and so it is with the diner's succulent, malty Beer Can Chicken, a half-chicken marinated in beer brine, rubbed with herbs and roasted around a beer can. The entrée comes with a heaping side of braised greens and "lucky beans," richly piquant black-eyed-peas, some of the best this Southern boy has had out West.

The setting: A bright, sleek, retro-inspired diner with a tiled lunch counter, tables and booths and luck-themed artwork on the walls.

Summing up: Beer Can Chicken with a side of brew jus came to $13.95, plus tax and tip.

Tyrone Beason: tbeason@seattletimes.com

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