Luckie’s Thai-Asian Cuisine is a really GREAT find. If you’re passing through Tucson (or live there) it’s on the east side in a strip mall off Houghton not too far from I-10. It's a very small place with a big menu. The food is flavorful, inexpensive and varied. You want Chinese? Thai? You want your choice of meat (including tofu or none)? You want it mild? Spicy? Whatever, Luckie’s has it and it’ll probably cost you less than $10. Unlike most Asian restaurants, Luckie’s is devoid of distracting music and décor. The one whimsical touch is the clay “happy pigs” available for sale at the counter in case you need a souvenir. My family certainly found Luckie’s Thai dishes to our liking. The Pork Pad Thai (fried rice noodles with pork, vegetables and egg) was not at all like the uniform globs of Pad Thai sampled elsewhere. Instead, Luckie’s version offered delightful variation, with distinct textures and tastes in every mouthful. The Thai Cashew Chicken was flavorful, well-seasoned, with colorful crisp fresh vegetables and tender chicken. The Vegetable Panang Curry (vegetables simmered in curry paste, coconut milk, peanut sauce, basil and lime) was rich without being heavy. We all agreed it was the best looking dish on the table. The Seafood Pho (Thai noodle soup with mussels, shrimp, crab, bean sprouts, cilantro and basil) was bursting with flavor, especially the numerous chunks of seafood. I added a fresh chili pepper and several scoops of chili paste. Perfect. For dessert we sampled the sweet-tart combination of Sweet Rice with Mango and the scrumptious Homemade Thai Coconut Ice Cream. We look forward to trying some Chinese dishes from the other side of the menu.
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