Lucy's Eastside Diner serves up classic diner fare on Main Street.
The waitress who served me was very helpful. She went out of her way to find out what the ice cream was made of and whether or not the whipped cream was real. I asked her about the apple pie with crumble on top which was advertised under the dessert menu. She told me that the owner made it herself and that it didn't have too much cinnamon. I asked her if she had tried it and she said yes and that she liked it.
When it came to my table, I noticed that there was a lot of cinnamon - by the brown colour. The "crumble" top was soft and not crispy. The pie crust bottom was half-baked and greasy and, in some places, raw. The apples were sliced really strangely. Overall, it was the worst apple pie I have ever seen or tasted. I mentioned this to the server - that the crust was raw and that the top was soft and mushy. She told me that nobody has complained before. I replied that I was being honest whereas other people may be too timid to complain. Then she explained that the pie was half-baked before it was brought to the restaurant and was further baked at the restaurant. Who does that? I ate about half before I realized what slop it was. I was that hungry. They reduced the cost of my pie by only 75%. I won't go back.
Great shakes! Decent bites. Average setting. It all balances out. When you're walking main street, you're going to be able to find better options, but if you're having a 50's shake craving, this is a good enough place to stop. You're spoiled for options, and if it is a peanut butter milkshake you want, that's what they'll make you. As far as food goes though, I've seen better. They've got the standard fare you'd expect at a 50s-themed diner... I've tried their burger, their weird mac-n-cheese sandwich and their pulled pork. The pulled pork was terrible. The mac/cheese was... interesting. Burger was nice. It's hit and miss, so stick with the basics and you'll probably come out on top.
Service and ambiance are going to be what you'd think. Laid-back but pleasant, with an interior straight out of Archie comics. It's small and a bit run-down, but it has that 50s feel nailed. If ANY of this is jumping out at you ("oh wow, a 50s diner? Groovy!") then it's probably worth a try. Cheap bites, great shakes. The only thing you're losing is an opportunity to go somewhere better on the same street.
I wouldn't normally try a place like this, but my GF and I are were really hungry, and we were heading to the burlesque show and were running late. We walked in, and the place was dirty and sweltering hot. we sat at a table and had the Stray Cats blaring so loud we couldn't talk to each other, which made the waitress ring in our order wrong. I love the Stray Cats, but this was really loud. I ordered the basic chicken burger with a Lucky Lager, and she ordered the triple eggs benny. Her order was wrong, with no fault to the waitress due to the music as stated above. I continued to eat my burger, which had BBQ sauce, mustard, and ketchup. I've never had that combination on a chicken burger before. The chicken itself was indescribably scary looking and had zero flavor. I ate it because I was starving. The fries were hard as a rock, and by the looks of them they were the bottom scrapings of the days orders. I finished and hers finally came. Barely any hollandaise sauce, which tasted like it was from a bag and sat on the counter all day. I guess you can't expect too much from an all day breakfast place and order a benny at 8pm. The employees were loud and obnoxious, which looked to appeal to the hipster crowd and friends they had around them.
The waitress was nice enough to take 50% off her order for this mistake.
If you aren't a hipster, or you are and enjoy your insides and the flavor of food, DO NOT EAT HERE!
I love 50s dinner themes, chromes seats , old pictures , old fans old this and old that. I'm a big le burger fan , I been to a lot of joints here in Vancool and I have to tell ya this one hits the curb, tumbles , hits the post , and then slams in to the wall, like hard!
So I ordered their burger , fries, and a coke. I had a look around the place, it could have used a wipe down for sure, the kitchen was a little sketchy, waitress looks like she did not shower for a couple of days, she looked like a slob.
So order comes , it was a little slow, but whatever did not think much of it. Took a few bites of the burger and it tasted rancid . I'm a man of instinct so I did not finish. Finally waitress went by and asked if everything was okay, I said nay, she replied " whats wrong" , I said that burger is off you need to throw it out. "She was like can we make you something else", I said no just the bill I'm not taking another chance, I figure I would pay for the soda.I saw her take it to the cook and they booth looked lost, it was like the were sharing the same brain , like what happened, hello rancid burger dumb dumb . Special note cook did not look a cook at all, but one of those hipster types that was probably a roommate or a friend of friend that filled in because the real cook was probably hung over.
She came back with the bill and said I had to PAY FOR IT , Unbelievable! Her excuse was" I do not want to get in trouble for this cause I would be out of job" . Like wow, you can take the $11 hit for a rotten cow sandwich because I'm selfish. Nice job guys, maybe you should start a bathroom take out window, one rat burger and sewage water please hold the foam !
To all the people that have not been here dodge this one it's a gong show.