I'm always on the lookout for new, local spots to try out, so when a friend of mine told me that Lucky Chinese Food was the best they'd ever had, I knew I just had to see it for myself.
My experience at Lucky started before I even entered the restaurant, as the line was quite literally out the door! Despite the long line, I was able to get in place to order relatively quickly.
Lucky's menu is deceptively simple. You have the option of ordering a one, two, or three item combo, which comes with a side of your choice as well. You can also order the specific entrées by the pint or quart, although I highly recommend the two item combo.
For my first visit, I ordered the two item combo, choosing the House Special Chicken and the Sesame Chicken for my entrées and the Chow Mein as my side.
The House Chicken is Lucky's own specialty, and it's clear why. The chicken itself is fried in a house sauce, then mixed with jalapeños to give it a kick. It's a delicious, unique flavor unlike any other Chinese food I've tried. The Sesame Chicken was crispy and genrously coated with sauce as well. The Chow Mein didn't have too much cabbage or onions, making the flavor of the noodles the most prominent part.
While the food is absolutely incredible, the greatest selling point of Lucky Chinese Food has to be the affordability and the sheer amount of food you are given. My take-out container could barely close, it was so packed full of food. The two item combo I ordered was just $7.39, and provided enough food for me to still have some leftover for the next day!
I enjoyed my meal so much, Lucky has joined my list of go-to restaurants when I want to eat local. In other visits, I've tried more of their menu. I especially recommend the Fried Squid, House Special Chicken, Brocolli Beef, and the Orange Chicken the most.
Know Before You Go
Lucky is entirely local, and as a result, has a pretty small staff and location. As a result of their delicious food and rampant popularity, you may be stuck waiting in a line, but trust me, it will be worth it.
Additionally, Lucky Chinese Food takes cash only. While there is an ATM inside the premises, there is a fee to withdraw from it, so come with cash on you!
Lucky has a very specific way they operate for take-out, and new visitors may be confused. After you order, stand out of the way to the side of the cash register until you are called. Whoever took your order will go make it, then get your attention and bring you to the register to pay. Make sure you pay attention and remember who served you!
For the Covid-19 pandemic, Lucky temporarily moved to take-out only, but have just recently reopened for socially distanced indoor dine-in. Masks are required indoors.
You can find Lucky Chinese Food at 18525 Brookhurst St, Fountain Valley, CA 92708