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“Good Ideas Not Well Executed” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lucy's Little Kitchen - MOVED

Lucy's Little Kitchen
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Washington D.C.
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good Ideas Not Well Executed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

I hate to see people not living up to their potential. The food at Lucy's was fresh and inviting. Its a pity their outdoor space doesn't live up to the same compliment.

Lucy's Little Kitchen had the great idea for an open air restaurant in the midst of Saugatuck. Great idea? Right? Well "open air" only works if its not raining, really windy or really hot and in those cases, owners really need to consider how they're going to keep customers coming in and protect them from the elements. Considerations, the owners of Lucy's should take more seriously. The day my family visited it was a typical August afternoon. Low to mid 80s but sitting in Lucy's without the benefit of shade or one of the too few umbrellas they have to accommodate diners, we quickly became uncomfortable in the heat. The poor choice of outside dining tables from Home Depot (with center umbrellas) and the few free standing umbrellas do not provide adequate shade for guests and engender rapt jealousy from those patrons not fortunate enough to be in a prime spot. I actually watched with amusement as guest after guest coveted neighboring shady spots and angled to jump locations following other diners departures. I also watched as guest turned away when they realized there was no shade to be had.

I would urge the owners of Lucy's to exam better ways to make use of their space. For example, consider having an awning put up over the space that will protect all diners from the elements. Awnings with durable clear plastic that can be lowered in the event of rain showers or wind. In addition, add smaller tables that will allow you to serve more guests, or add several more of the communal style tables that line the outside. Lucy's Little Kitchen has potential to be a great spot to wile away an afternoon. A little more effort is all that's needed.

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  • English first
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English first
Cincinnati
Level Contributor
138 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Wonderful Lobster Rolls”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2014

I had read that the lobster rolls were delicious, so hubby and I shared one of them and one of the pulled chicken sandwiches. Hubby is from the Boston area so he knows lobster rolls. He agreed - wonderful! The chicken was also very tasty, not too spicy. We sat outside under an umbrella and enjoyed the people watching with our lunch. Service was fast and friendly. Very reasonably priced.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TriStateGirl
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Chicago, Illinois
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249 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Outdoor little diamond in downtown Saugatuck!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2014

Fell upon this place since we luckily parked nearby. Parking is very congested in this town but I recommend walking out of the way to eat here. It is strictly outdoor seating with very low overhead so no restrooms. They will send you to the public spots across the street. NOW, for the food! Caprese salad was delicious. They boast all fresh & local foods. My husband had the Lucy juicy burger with the bacon/onion topping which he said a surprisingly delicious given the low key setting. I would not pass this up for a quick lunch.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank mgomez2468
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Bloomington, Illinois
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53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great little place!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2014

My husband and I ate here the other day when we were visiting the area and stumbled upon this place. It only took about 5 minutes to get a table (since they don't have that many). I got the lobster roll and my husband got the tuna nachos...both were AMAZING! The menu only has a few things on it, but it all looks awesome! You can't go wrong if you go here!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank AudMercer5711
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Saugatuck, Michigan
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Excellent Outdoor Dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2014

Who would expect to find really excellent food at an outdoor diner? Well, you will find it here. The two owner's, both great guys, know the restaurant business very well. They offer unusual drinks made from/with fresh sugar cane juice (they crush the cane on site). This is a very nice experience. Give it a try.

Visited August 2014
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