Thursday, July 27, 2006
It's just been too hot to cook. We have AC in only parts of the house, and the kitchen is not one of them. I really don't think I've used the oven in weeks. So, what I'm trying to say, is I've been eating out a lot, mainly in air conditioned locations. This post remembers a visit to Sweet Lucy's BBQ in North Philadelphia. You can check out the menu here too.
Andy and Kim came along on the barbecue adventure. But I have to admit, we were going to skip Sweet Lucy's and try The Smoked Joint down on Locust until we heard through chowhound that it was closed. Odd too, because I'd heard good things about it, so I assumed business was good. Anyway, we ended up at Sweet Lucy's instead. Behind Andy and Kim we can see the decor of the place, it's sort of cowboy meets old warehouse in North Philly. The chairs and booths are made from logs instead of finished wood and paper towel rolls are present on the table.
You order and pay at a window near the entrance, and the counter person asks your for your name. We grabbed a booth at the back, and pretty soon someone was shouting "Kim" and "Elizabeth" and our food was ready. This is Kim's dinner. She had a Super Q Combo with Brisket, Chicken, Baked Beans and Mac & Cheese.
Andy had the 1/2 chicken and 1/3 rack of ribs combination with mac & cheese and baked beans. Within a few minutes of sitting down, the ribs were gone. We were all very excited about getting so much wonderful food. All of our meals came with coleslaw and cornbread in addition to two sides!
For my dinner, I had the brisket and the BBq pulled chicken, as well as the mac & cheese, but I don't like baked beans, so I tried the mashed potatoes and gravy instead. The chicken and brisket were really good, but Sweet Lucy's bbq sauce is very sweet. Reviewing the take out and catering menu I brought home with me, I see they have a spicy sauce, so maybe next time I'll ask for that. On this visit however, Kim found some vinegary North Carolina sauce near the drink machine, and a little drizzle of that cut the sweetness of the sauce for me. The mac and cheese was decent, nothing compares to Shannon's mac and cheese for me. The mashed potatoes were fine, but on tbe cold side. Next time I think I'll have the greens or the asian broccoli salad.
I will go to Sweet Lucy's again. It's a BYO, so bring beer. It's also pretty affordable. My entire box of food was about 13 bucks.
7500 State Rd, Philadelphia 19136
Between Rhawn St & Cottman Ave
Exit 26 off I-95