Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ

June 21st, 2012 by Erik Chudy

big burgerThe other day I had a craving for a good pulled pork sandwich, which isn’t necessarily a good thing considering there aren’t many options in town. Luckily I work near Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ which satisfied my craving last time so I headed there for lunch. But while sitting at the bar I decided that I needed to write a burger review this week and I’ve had the same pulled pork sandwich the last 3 times I’ve been there, so I caved and did what I always do: ordered a burger. I figured it couldn’t be all that bad, I mean, they should know a thing or two about meat right?

busy interiorLucille’s is located by The District in Henderson along with a whole bunch of other restaurants I haven’t ventured into yet and a bunch of typical retail stores. It’s actually a chain, with only one location in both Nevada and Arizona, and several locations in California. I’m sure they’re all designed and decorated similarly, with jazz-influenced and BBQ related signs, lots of booth seating and a bar. The menu has pretty much everything you would want venturing into a BBQ restaurant. They also happen to have several burger choices on their menu which is lucky for me I guess.

I went with the mushroom burger, which for some reason is missing from their online menu but is included in the full PDF menu you can download. Although I ate one of the two delicious rolls they bring out when you first sit down, I still went with the ½ pound burger which was a mistake. This thing is huge. The meat had great flavor and was cooked perfectly to the medium rare I always ask for. The caramelized onions and sautéed mushrooms were really flavorful and great, and there was an abundant amount of melted jack cheese to the point that I lost some of it during the course of the meal. The bun was a bit overcooked and dry, but ok until near the end because of how juicy everything was. The whole meal was quite messy like everything else I’ve eaten here, which is why the warm moistened towel at the end is much appreciated. Overall this was a really good burger, and I couldn’t even finish it all because of the size and roll I had eaten before.

too much bun?My skinny fries were not as good; they had a strong oily flavor like it hadn’t been changed in a while, and they didn’t seem totally fresh which sucked considering my meal was at the height of the lunch hour. I’m really starting to hate everyone’s fries lately I think. It’s a constant comment of mine, and really a stupid part of the meal that should be easy to accomplish.

The price is ok I suppose for a restaurant located in a dense shopping area as well as the size of the burger: $12.49 including fries. If the fries were an additional charge I wouldn’t be as supportive of this. My meal with an iced tea came to $16.73 total; most could argue that this is still a bit steep for a single burger meal, but given the stipulations I just mentioned I guess I’ll let it slide. I did complain about a different meal I had last week because of its $22 price tag, and I will still stand by my stance that that far exceeds the acceptable limit. My burger was more than good, and I will definitely recommend it, but this is a house of good BBQ so stick with the pulled pork sandwich or something if you’re reluctant to spend that much on a burger.

Overall score: 84

2 Responses

  1. Vegas G says:

    Yep, had their 1/3 lb western burger the other day. Like you, the patty was cooked well (medium) and had better than expected flavor, real good. But i was disappointed with heavy BBQ sauce on top, it over powered the burger, get it on the side next time and btw, the 1/3 lb burgers are a few dollars cheaper.

    • Erik Chudy says:

      I would definitely go for the 1/3 lb burger next time, but if I do make it back there I’m sure it will be for the pulled pork instead! as much as I love a good burger obviously, nothing beats some great bbq and a place that does it right! I totally see what you’re saying about the bbq sauce, that’s probably why I don’t order a burger like that when doing a review and typically get a much more neutral flavor to make sure I’m sampling all the key elements. thanks for the tip though!

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