Forgive me please for being redundant, but for the second time in one month, I was invited to a celebration dinner at Loucas Restaurant in Edison. Truly a collaborative effort of Loucas Sofocli and Alex Charlambous, who not only lay claim to co-owning Loucas in Edison, they are also partners at Ponte Vecchio in Old Bridge. From my perspective, these two gentlemen take particular pride in their food, service, ambiance, and the care and feeding of their clientele.
Reservations are a must. To be sure of your particular dates, do call at least two weeks in advance of your arrival. Yes there, is parking on the premises. The staff is very friendly and welcoming, and dress is casually smart.
As this is my Cousin Elliott’s special “Go-To” place for birthday celebrations, we asked for seating in their larger, side dining room, located just off the main dining room. After devouring their delicious house-baked bread and butter, some of us started with Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, served with house-made cocktail sauce. Others ordered the Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Cocktail, while still others chose Fried Calamari, Tender Rings Served with Hot or Sweet Marinara Sauce. Salad choices were divided between their fresh and delicious Caesar Salad, Romaine Lettuce, tossed with Croutons, and a Classic Dressing of Olive Oil, Parmesan Cheese, Anchovies, and Special seasoning, and Tri- Colore Salad with Ridicchio, Arugula & Endive with a Balsamic Vinaigrette. Main Dishes were divided among Veal Parmigiana, a Lightly Breaded Cutlet Topped with Tomato Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese; Veal Milanese, Breaded Veal Cutlet Topped with Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Arugula, and Tomato Salad with Red Onion and Balsamic Dressing; Veal Francese, Lightly Dipped in Flour and Egg, then Sautéed in Lemon, Butter and White WIne Sauce; and a N.Y. Sirloin Steak, Grilled and Finished with Herb Garlic Butter, and Roasted Shallots.
Desserts are always special at Lucas. Because we were celebrating an occasion, we ordered a Birthday Cake served with coffee. Because Lucas is a BYO, we naturally brought our own wine. Our bill topped out at $248.00 plus a 25% tip. A never fail, truly-delicious, well-priced meal, served with style, grace and comfort. Lucas should be a Must-Go on your dining list.
9 Lincoln Highway
Edison, New Jersey
Lunch: Monday to Friday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dinner: Monday to Thursday: 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday: Dinner Menu: Noon to 9 p.m.
So often, we have to make on-the-spot decisions about where to dine for special occasions. When in doubt about where to go for a really, delicious meal, never hesitate to contact me. There are always a plethora of excellent choices to suit your taste and your budget. I will gladly help you select a most favorable restaurant, and one not too far from your home.
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Millicent K. Brody
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