Everyday Eats: Hot Dogs at Lucky's Lunch Counter

$5 gets you a pump, juicy dog at Lucky's Lunch Counter.



The Padres may not be knocking it out of the park quite yet, but the newest eatery near PETCO Park can easily deliver a win.  Lucky's Lunch Counter, located across from the ballpark on 7th, has a straight-forward menu, including breakfast items, over-stuffed sandwiches, salads, and soup. Most of the food is extra-large (and priced accordingly), but one option stands out as the best value: the hot dogs. 

You can dress them with the standard contiments, like mustard, ketchup, relish, and sweet onions, or venture into more exciting territory by adding toppings like cheese, chili, or coleslaw for an additional charge. The juicy dogs are split, plumped, and served on a toasted poppy seed bun. The contrast between the soft, squishy bread and the snappy skin is perfect, and the dog itself is delicious enough to eat plain.

Besides the standard 100% beef dog, there's the "fire dog," a slightly spicy pork and beef blend, and the "bangin' bratwurst". On weekends, kids under 12 can get a hot dog and a draft Crater Lake root beer for $5.

All of the food at Lucky's is highly portable, so a big portion of their business is take-out, but eating at the counter and chatting with the staff is a great way to spend your lunch hour, though you will be forced to stare at a tray of fresh-made doughnuts. Having sampled a chocolate covered old fashioned, I can assure you that they taste as good as they look. 

Another plus: late business hours. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can get your tube steak fix until 3 a.m. On all other days, Lucky's is open until midnight. 

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