Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lucy's Diner

511 W Walnut St

Rogers, AR 72756
(479) 230-5829

Food: 2 Sporks (out of 5)
Service: 3 Sporks
Atmosphere: 2 Sporks
Price: 2 Sporks
Worth Returning: Maybe
Coke or Pepsi: Coke
Sweet Tea: Yes

Every town needs a diner! We all have access to IHOP, Awful House, and Denny’s but whatever happened to the local diner? Like Cheers a place where everyone knows your name. In Springdale you have Susan’s and Neal’s, Fayetteville has the Rolling Pin and Common Grounds, Bentonville used to have Marty’s, Rogers has Sam’s, Daily’s and now Lucy’s Diner.

Lucy’s has opened in the old Hi D Ho (RIP, I will miss the chili cheese burger basket) on Walnut near downtown. They are open 24 hours a day serving breakfast all day along with home style meat and three options, burgers, and your requisite club sandwich. This is not a large place and they kept the old Hi D Ho seating arrangement that was set up based on your smoking preference so you may see a line at the door as people are excited to have Lucy’s open in the downtown area. They have a great chance of surviving here as long as they keep the locals happy and work out a few kinks.

We went to Lucy’s for lunch and were seated quickly perusing the menu. For $6.39 you can choose from several meat options and three sides with cornbread or roll and a drink! While I was tempted by the burgers and hand cut fries the meatloaf was calling my name. Generally if you get the meatloaf right you can count on the rest of the menu being pretty good. The meat loaf was good and the slaw was tasty but the other sides needed help. The turnip greens, straight from a can, were inedible which was unfortunate since I was counting on soaking up the pot liquor (liquid from cooking down fresh greens with ham hock) with cornbread. That leads me to the next issue, the cornbread was awful! How can you screw up cornbread? I mean come on, mix up cornmeal, eggs, oil, buttermilk, and add a dash of sugar and salt. Based on what they served I am pretty sure they left out a few key ingredients from the cornbread as there was zero flavor from the dry slices on my plate. My friend ordered the patty melt on rye and was pleased with his meal which was served with chips.

I am willing to overlook the side dishes at Lucy’s and give them another shot since they are new to the area. Maybe next time I will go for the breakfast options or a sandwich which all looked pretty appetizing.

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  1. Horrible food and even worse service.. I will say, you get what you pay for in this restaurant. Cheap prices, cheap food!!! Will never go back and never refer anyone to try them.

  2. I have spent a lot of money eating regularly at Lucy's Diner for about 2 years, but they have now increased the prices of items making them cost prohibitive for me to continue to regularly eat there, as there are other local places that have better prices. Lucy's main meals for example have just recently increased in cost 25%, which is a big increase in a tough economy.