Some places are hot and others are not. It's the nature of the game, and it doesn't always factor in details like food quality, cleanliness, or service. The fact is, some places are lucky enough to have a queue extending into the street on every night of the week, and hungry diners – who would normally be tearing a venue down with their bare hands for making them wait an hour – suddenly don't seem to mind in the least. The Lucky Kitchen is just such a place. Since we're a bunch of veteran foodies, we knew to drop in before the lunch rush started, but found the place already beginning to fill up with patrons. By the time we left at 12:30, it was filled to capacity with a line starting to snake its way out the door. Our meal consisted of Laoganma Spicy Sauce Fried with Pork Neck (老干妈炒猪颈肉) for 28RMB, Delicious Beef (好吃的牛肉) for 68RMB, Sweet and Sour Pork Ribs with Kumquat (金橘糖醋小排) for 26RMB, Hand-made Noodle Soup with Pickled Vegetables and Crab (酸菜面疙瘩烧蟹) for 58RMB, Spicy Shrimp with Peanuts (香辣虾) for 58RMB, Stir-Fried Cabbage with Garlic and Bean Sauce (豆豉油渣娃娃菜) for 19RMB, Heineken for 16RMB/bottle, and a very refreshing Lemon Kumquat Iced Tea (柠檬冰橘茶) for 18RMB/pitcher. Also keep in mind, parking is not going to be the best part of your trip, with some risky spots across the street at Merchants Bank, and another lot in Zheda International Students canteen that is supervised by a very grouchy old guy who will lecture you for parking there. Not that we'd know anything about that, of course. We're just saying you might want to take a bus, bike, or taxi instead.
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