Beer makes everything better.
It gives icy cold pint glasses a purpose in life. And it can turn an ordinary lunch into a call-into-work-sick patio party.
At LUCK (Local Urban Craft Kitchen), the newest spot in Trinity Groves, beer is the superstar attraction. Not only do they have 40 local brews on tap for the are-they-nuts price of just $5 each, but beer also factors heavily into many of the dishes.
But don't rush into the food ordering just yet. Start things off with a Peticolas Velvet Hammer to get your taste buds excited. Then and only then can you move freely about the menu:
If it's cold out: Warm up with beer-braised pot roast with skillet potatoes and seared Brussels sprouts (above). Pair with a Martin House There Will Be Stout. Hello, holiday good-feeling!
If it's warm out: Beer-braised beef tongue and caramelized onions, paired with a Community Beer Company Mosaic IPA. Hello, Baja good-feeling!
If you wanna eat with your hands: Go for the North Texas Hot Brown, a smoked turkey breast sandwich served open-faced with bacon, grilled tomatoes, and a white cheddar beer sauce that'll make you wish for more bread for soaking. A deep pull of Deep Ellum Brewing Company Gourdzilla seasonal will do the trick instead.
Dessert is a two-stage affair. First, you're going cold-brew via Noble Coyote Coffee Roasters because — why else? — it comes from a nitrogen tap. And forgive the name-dropping, but stage two is a Four Corners Brewing Co. Block Party Porter-infused brownie topped with Lakewood Brewing Company Temptress ice cream.
Okay, we're not too sorry about that name-dropping, it was worth it.
Photo by Jerry McClure