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Lucille's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

2550 Park Ave.,The District at Tustin Legacy, Tustin, CA, 92606
(714) 259-1227

Created by RebekahG

Restaurant Details
$$ ($15 - $30)
Price
Kid Friendly, Fun
Atmosphere
Not Required
Reservations
Non-smoking
Features
Casual
Attire
Hours
Sunday-Thursday

11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Friday & Saturday

11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Payment
Mastercard, Discover, Visa, American Express
Reviews & Comments
CRITICS REVIEWS
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(no rating) Sept. 23, 2011 - OC Register - By VLADIMIR AGUILAR

Best of OC 2011 winners; Best Barbecue

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(no rating) June 12, 2006 - OC Register

It's a cinch to fire up the grill and sear hot dogs and burger patties.

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May 19, 2008 - OC Register - Jit Fong Chin

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que is known mainly for its barbecue, but I’ve read good things about their Southern Fried Chicken, and so went to a new branch at The District last week to see how it measures up to Popeye’s ludicrous Tuesday special.

I did a double take when my Southern Fried Chicken plate ($16.95) showed up. Can this be right? Did I order a giant mound of mashed potatoes by accident?

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USER REVIEWS
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Apr 18, 2009 - mondofox
The Whole Package

Is this the best barbecue? No. However, it is the best I've had from a chain. I'm a Burrell's fan. If it's all about the food, then Lucille's can't hold a candle to the little Santa Ana hole in the wall. Or any one of many such great places all over the country.

If Lucille's beginnings are as humble as their website and menu suggest, then maybe the food was once very comparable to Burrell's. Note that I say comparable and not similar. 'Cue is as unique from pit to pit as any food can be. Converesly, Burrell's could have franchised themselves into something much like Lucille's ... slightly compromised, but thouroughly enjoyable in its way.

I recommend any of the smoked meat sandwiches for lunch. Be sure to experiment with all three distinctly different sauces. Jambalaya is my pick for dinner. Good Jambalaya should make you break a nice easy sweat, and this one does not disappoint. It's flavorful without being too saucy and the portion is huge ... too much for one sitting.

There isn't anything on the menu that needs to be avoided. One puzzlement is the tri-tip quesadilla. Tasty, but a case-uh-whatta in Loosiana? It sort of spoils the deep South aura Lucille's is trying so hard to create. Drinks served in Mason jars are getting cliched at such theme restaurants. But the lemonade is good.

I've been to three Lucille's locations, Lake Forest, Chino Hills and Victoria Gardens. Maven says Bellmont might be a little better than the newer ones both for food and authenticity. Could be. But the decor at the newer locations is definitely a highlight. I was at Chino Hills during its first month of operation. Once you're inside, the illusion of old established Southern hospitality is pretty convincing.

So, if you want a reliable down home feel in comfortable sit-down surroundings with good to excellent food at fair barbecue prices in any of a dozen or so locations, Lucille's has the formula figured out.

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