For me it was the homemade roll that sealed the deal.
I was at Lucky's Prime Time for the first time this week and there was plenty to impress me.
First off: the service. Lucky's is clearly a restaurant filled with regulars, but the great thing about the staff is that they make everyone feel like a regular, even if it's their first time there.
The redecorated space, in navy and brick with dark wood, has been opened up, with booths around the edges and tables in the middle. A glass divider etched with "Lucky's Prime Time" separates the cozy new full-service bar from the dining area. Four flatscreen televisions hang in the corners of the restaurant.
And then, of course, there was the food.
What's on the menu
In the booth behind me, a regular customer was introducing his friend to Lucky's.
"What's good?" the friend asked.
The regular answered with basically the entire menu (although the stuffed grouper, baked with shrimp and crabmeat and topped with lobster cream, and the fish tacos got particularly high marks.)
Our server was a bit more helpful in narrowing down the menu that includes salads, sandwiches, burgers, seafood and, of course, prime steaks.
It was lunchtime so I wanted to go a little lighter than the 12-ounce prime rib, tempting as it was. Server Colleen suggested the French dip with sliced prime rib, monterey jack cheese and a horseradish sauce, served with au jus for dipping.
I was trying to decide between that and the chicken strip pita, one of the popular items carried over from the former Sero's menu, when she mentioned the French dip came on a homemade roll.
I was sold, and it did not disappoint: succulent meat, melted cheese and a delightfully chewy roll.
The French dip is $6.99 and comes with steak fries, although you can substitute with any side including garlic mashed potatoes, coleslaw, sweet potato fries or steamed broccoli.
My lunch companion got another popular item that made the leap from Sero's to Lucky's: the chicken gyro with grilled chicken and tzatziki sauce. The combo meal for $7.99 came with a small Greek salad served with a creamy and unique homemade dressing. With a very generous amount of feta, diced beets and that delicious dressing, my "sample bite" quickly turned into eating half of my friend's salad.
Other tempting salads on the menu include a buffalo chicken salad with chopped buffalo tenders, mixed greens, bleu cheese, egg, bacon, tomatoes and onion for $7.99 and a salmon salad with roma tomatoes, grilled asparagus and mozzarella cheese for $8.99.
Breakfast, lunch or dinner
The Lucky's chain (there are five Lucky's Steakhouse restaurants in Michigan) is known for its aged prime rib. It is served in portions of 8 ounce for $9.99 or 12 ounce for $11.99. Lucky's also offers sirloin and NY strip. Steaks and seafood, including salmon, grouper and mahi mahi, are served with choice of house or Caesar salad or cup of soup, fresh-baked bread and one side. Entrees range from $9.99 to $12.99.
The kids menu, available for diners 10 and under, not only has the typical chicken fingers and mac-and-cheese, it also includes a junior sirloin for $5.99, BBQ ribs for $5.99, crispy shrimp for $5.89 and fish-n-chips for $4.99. Prices include a soft drink.
Breakfast is also served from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lucky's is located at 1330 Walton Boulevard in Rochester Hills.