Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, Cary

I am back, in case you missed me!  No real excuse other than enjoying the summer and not wanting to be at a computer when I didn’t need to be!
Our NRT outing for July was at Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen in Cary.  The interior is pleasant and nicely decorated but in the manner of a nicer chain (think Magianno’s without the Italian-American influences).  The room itself is quite large and divided into a few different seating areas.  The menu is extensive with a variety of southern classics and southern influenced options.  The menu tries to focus on local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients however, only the center section of the menu changes seasonally so it is not clear which ingredients are sourced locally.

We tried several appetizers at the table.  The Pan-Fried Green Tomatoes were very nice topped with salty bits of bacon and served in a voodoo glaze.  The glaze was tangy and a bit spicy and came with several of the dishes (which demonstrates a lack of creativity in the kitchen).  We also tried the Flash-Fried Chunky Dill Pickles which were also nice with a good crunch.  The Sweet-Potato Hushpuppies were a bit dry (again served with the voodoo glaze).  The Whistle Bite Sliders were very good with house-cured pork bellow served on small rolls.

For my entree I had the Shrimp & Grits, which was good.  The flavors were nice though a bit dominated by the spice of the andouille sausage and the saltiness of the ham.  I could complain that the shrimp were a little on the small side.  At dinner the dish came with a side and I selected the Mac & Cheese.  It was a huge portion for a side!  It was rich and creamy with lots of cheese however, it was seriously lacking in salt.  The portions are huge and everyone was quite full and we did not order dessert.

Our waiter was particularly awkward and uncomforatble with our somewhat larger (6 people) group.  Overall, the food is good but not great and the environment is pleasant.  If I lived nearby we might go back however, I am not sure I would make the drive again for a meal.

Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen
www.lucky32.com
7307 Tryon Road
Cary, NC 27518
919-233-1632

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