Mr. Lucky’s 24/7
The Fall Latte – Coffee, Housemade Pumpkin Cream
Blueberry Muffin – Butter
Cinnamon Roll – Sticky Bun Style, Pecans, Honey Caramel Glaze
Coconut Parfait – Coconut Custard, Granola, Golden Raisins, Bananas, Blueberries, Toasted Coconut
Chicken in a Biscuit – Oversized Biscuit, Spicy Chicken Breast, Bacon, Bacon Sage Gravy, Overeasy Eggs
Loaded Hash Browns – Pepper Jack Cheese, Spinach, Mushrooms, Bacon, Caramelized Onions, Chipotle Crema, Overeasy Eggs
Cookies and Cream Pancakes – Chocolate Pancakes, Cookies & Cream Mascarpone Filling, Chocolate Cookie Pieces
Roasted Red Pepper Bisque – Crawfish Tail, Spice Breadcrumb, Parmesan Cream
Hand-carved Roasted Turkey Breast – Caramelized Maple Sweet Potatoes, Garlic Roasted Forest Mushrooms, Green Beans, Orange Cranberry Sauce, Old Time Stuffing, Herbed Pan Gravy
Pumpkin Cheesecake – Cinnamon Walnuts, Whipped Cream, Maple Tuile
Warm Apple Pie – Streusel, Vanilla Ice Cream, Caramel
Typically using Thanksgiving as an opportunity to travel, this year’s pre-flight feast needed to be early, and just as it has been for two decades Mr. Lucky’s was ready and waiting with several new and old favorites in addition to holiday specials from Chefs Chad Castanino and Mickey Harden.
Perhaps not the “usual” choice for families hailing from Las Vegas, but nonetheless serving some 150+ patrons by 9:30am on a Thursday, it was after mere moments at the hostess station that three guests were led to a booth in the room’s corner, paraphernalia from The Circle Jerks keeping watch while everything from Guns n’ Roses to The Beatles drifted from the ceiling.
Beginning Thanksgiving service a few minutes prior to eleven o’clock, four a la carte items joining the 24/7 Diner’s already expansive menu, it was while sipping Fall’s seasonal Latte that Breakfast Appetizers started things off, a warm Blueberry Muffin seemingly more Butter than Flour and Chef Harden’s Cinnamon Roll slightly crisp on the surface thanks to Nuts and sticky Caramel.
Prone to over-ordering, Mr. Lucky’s portion sizes forever outpacing prices that compare favorably to any such venue on The Strip, it was in exchange for $9 that guests were served an enormous bowl of fresh and dried Fruit suspended in Vegan Custard, the flavor of lightly-sweetened Coconut persuading several bites before progressing to a second course featuring “Loaded” Hash Browns and crispy Fried Chicken sandwiched between halves of a housemade Buttermilk Biscuit.
Unable to resist one of Las Vegas’ best stacks of Pancakes, plenty of Cocoa finding its foil in Mascarpone that faithfully recreates the inside of an Oreo, it was with Iced Tea cleansing the palate that holiday flavors soon got underway with vibrant Red Pepper Bisque given texture by Crawfish and herbaceous Bread Crumbs.
Going all-in with a plate of juicy Turkey Breast that could satisfy even those who prefer Dark Meat, the roasted Sweet Potatoes and fragrant Stuffing also memorable with or without Gravy, it was with every bite gone that Dessert arrived, Chef Harden again showing an incredibly diverse skill set with piping hot Apple Pie and decadent Pumpkin Cheesecake that looked just as good as it tasted.
FOUR AND A HALF STARS: Although almost every Las Vegas hotel has a 24/7 spot there is only one Mr. Lucky’s, and although they aren’t going to get nominated for any awards the menu from Chefs Chad Castanino and Mickey Harden is always full of surprises at a fair price, even (or more so) on holidays.
RECOMMENDED: Cookies and Cream Pancakes, Coconut Parfait, Cinnamon Roll, Chicken in a Biscuit.
TIP: Bisque, Turkey, Cheesecake and Apple Pie were all one-day specials. Check back closer to Christmas for that day’s unique additions.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.