Lucky Oyster has entrees to fall for

VIRGINIA BEACH

Lucky Oyster, in the Strawbridge area of Virginia Beach, has diners hooked.

It's earned buckets of The Pilot's "Best of the Beach" awards in categories such as best seafood, best raw bar, best family/casual dining, best locals' hangout and best restaurant for lunch, and it's netted above-average marks on websites such as Trip Advisor, Urban Spoon and Yelp.

It's also received first- and second-place honors in The Pilot's Taste Test series.

I became acquainted with Lucky Oyster's fare last fall by way of its comfy sports- barlike cantina, where I sampled the Oysters Rockefeller ($14.99 for a dozen) and blackened tuna bites ($9.79).

Both were tasty, fancier than most bar grub, but I found myself more interested in the cocktails - like Lucky's Skinny 'Rita ($5.99) and Sandbridge Island Mojito ($5.99) - and the lively local crowd.

When I took my folks - loyal Lucky Oyster fans - for my first trip to the dining room, I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of fishing stuff inside.

Between the poles, driftwood, nets, flags, maps, fish mounts, buckets, cans and signs, it looked like The Krusty Krab from "SpongeBob SquarePants" for grown-ups.

After we cast off with a basket filled with a dozen delicious hush puppies ($2.49) and a generous portion of decent calamari ($8.29), our main courses arrived.

Mom went with what I think is Lucky Oyster's best deal - the fried flounder special, a ginormous filet with two sides, offered for $10.99 Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The perfectly fried fish, paired with a simply dressed baked potato and beautifully sauteed Old Bay asparagus, totally floated her boat.

"The Outer Banks" Seafood Platter ($25.99) baited my fisherman father, and he was pleased with the fried variety - a few shrimp, a few scallops, a few oysters, a crabcake and fish fillet - and the two sides he picked: coleslaw and red beans and rice. He gave the meal high marks.

While they raved, I sulked, picking at the Key West Fish Tacos ($12.99 for three). Although I subbed rockfish (an extra $3) for the grilled tilapia and picked blue corn tortillas over the boring soft flour ones, a life preserver couldn't have rescued the under-seasoned fillets, which were crammed in the shells whole.

I gave Lucky Oyster another shot a few weeks later on a return trip with my boyfriend. We started with the blackened tuna bites, seven half-dollar-sized nuggets, cooked to order. They were spicy, tender and almost steaklike.

For dinner, my sweetie opted for the evening's fried shrimp special ($10.99 for eight), which he paired with a house salad and slaw. He fell for the fat, butterflied shrimp hook, line and sinker - making the Thursday special Lucky Oyster's second best deal.

I went for Lucky's House Sirloin ($15.99 for 8 ounces) with a loaded baked potato (50 cents extra for the works) and steamed broccoli with hollandaise. The sides were a far better catch than the steak, which was grilled just right but needed a touch more spice.

Both our desserts - a super-sweet Snickers Pie ($4.89) and molten-centered Chocolate Volcano Cake ($5.79) served with vanilla ice cream - were keepers.

Overall, Lucky Oyster is a fine place with a young, energetic wait staff, reasonably priced cocktails and fantastic fried seafood.

I could definitely be lured back on a Wednesday, when the flounder is on special and bottles of wine are half-price.

Holly Van Auken, hvavb74@gmail.com

the spot

Lucky Oyster, 2165 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach

the vibe

Ultra-casual, family-friendly seafood bar and grill

to try

Blackened tuna bites, flounder dinner special, shrimp dinner special

if you go

Hours 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Lucky's Cantina open until midnight); 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday

Prices Raw bar, $6.99 to $19.99; salads, $4.99 to $14.99; soups, $4.99 to $5.99; appetizers, $2.49 to $14.99;tacos/quesa-dillas, $11.99 to $14.29; sandwiches/burgers, $8.49 to $11.99. 

Kids Boosters and highchairs available

Spirits Full bar

Parking Free 

More info 430-9600 or www.luckyoystervb.com

 


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Lucky Oyster has entrees to fall for

VIRGINIA BEACH

Lucky Oyster, in the Strawbridge area of Virginia Beach, has diners hooked.

It's earned buckets of The Pilot's "Best of the Beach" awards in categories such as best seafood, best raw bar, best family/casual dining, best locals' hangout and best restaurant for lunch, and it's netted above-average marks on websites such as Trip Advisor, Urban Spoon and Yelp.

It's also received first- and second-place honors in The Pilot's Taste Test series.

I became acquainted with Lucky Oyster's fare last fall by way of its comfy sports- barlike cantina, where I sampled the Oysters Rockefeller ($14.99 for a dozen) and blackened tuna bites ($9.79).

Both were tasty, fancier than most bar grub, but I found myself more interested in the cocktails - like Lucky's Skinny 'Rita ($5.99) and Sandbridge Island Mojito ($5.99) - and the lively local crowd.

When I took my folks - loyal Lucky Oyster fans - for my first trip to the dining room, I was a little overwhelmed by the amount of fishing stuff inside.

Between the poles, driftwood, nets, flags, maps, fish mounts, buckets, cans and signs, it looked like The Krusty Krab from "SpongeBob SquarePants" for grown-ups.

After we cast off with a basket filled with a dozen delicious hush puppies ($2.49) and a generous portion of decent calamari ($8.29), our main courses arrived.

Mom went with what I think is Lucky Oyster's best deal - the fried flounder special, a ginormous filet with two sides, offered for $10.99 Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The perfectly fried fish, paired with a simply dressed baked potato and beautifully sauteed Old Bay asparagus, totally floated her boat.

"The Outer Banks" Seafood Platter ($25.99) baited my fisherman father, and he was pleased with the fried variety - a few shrimp, a few scallops, a few oysters, a crabcake and fish fillet - and the two sides he picked: coleslaw and red beans and rice. He gave the meal high marks.

While they raved, I sulked, picking at the Key West Fish Tacos ($12.99 for three). Although I subbed rockfish (an extra $3) for the grilled tilapia and picked blue corn tortillas over the boring soft flour ones, a life preserver couldn't have rescued the under-seasoned fillets, which were crammed in the shells whole.

I gave Lucky Oyster another shot a few weeks later on a return trip with my boyfriend. We started with the blackened tuna bites, seven half-dollar-sized nuggets, cooked to order. They were spicy, tender and almost steaklike.

For dinner, my sweetie opted for the evening's fried shrimp special ($10.99 for eight), which he paired with a house salad and slaw. He fell for the fat, butterflied shrimp hook, line and sinker - making the Thursday special Lucky Oyster's second best deal.

I went for Lucky's House Sirloin ($15.99 for 8 ounces) with a loaded baked potato (50 cents extra for the works) and steamed broccoli with hollandaise. The sides were a far better catch than the steak, which was grilled just right but needed a touch more spice.

Both our desserts - a super-sweet Snickers Pie ($4.89) and molten-centered Chocolate Volcano Cake ($5.79) served with vanilla ice cream - were keepers.

Overall, Lucky Oyster is a fine place with a young, energetic wait staff, reasonably priced cocktails and fantastic fried seafood.

I could definitely be lured back on a Wednesday, when the flounder is on special and bottles of wine are half-price.

Holly Van Auken, hvavb74@gmail.com

the spot

Lucky Oyster, 2165 General Booth Blvd., Virginia Beach

the vibe

Ultra-casual, family-friendly seafood bar and grill

to try

Blackened tuna bites, flounder dinner special, shrimp dinner special

if you go

Hours 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday (Lucky's Cantina open until midnight); 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday

Prices Raw bar, $6.99 to $19.99; salads, $4.99 to $14.99; soups, $4.99 to $5.99; appetizers, $2.49 to $14.99;tacos/quesa-dillas, $11.99 to $14.29; sandwiches/burgers, $8.49 to $11.99. 

Kids Boosters and highchairs available

Spirits Full bar

Parking Free 

More info 430-9600 or www.luckyoystervb.com

 


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