I’ve gotten pretty good at guessing how many stars Greg Cox will give a restaurant, even when I’ve never even heard of the place. But this week, I have a different challenge: figuring out the rating of a friend’s restaurant — in this case, Chef Jay Pierce’s Lucky 32. I’ve previously written about this place, as Jay has invited me over twice to give him feedback on new menu items. I like what Jay has done with the restaurant, making it a high end “meat ‘n 3” place. Frankly, the stars of Lucky 32 are often the side dishes.
The problem with this edition of Restaurant Review Roulette is that I’m not sure how well Greg Cox will like it. If I had to put my own money down, it would be at the 4 or 3.5 star level. Lucky 32 has a number of dishes that are 4 star level or higher, but its menu is so large that I suspect Cox will think it’s overreaching. I’ve also heard comments from others that love several of Lucky 32’s dishes, but they’re not enamored with others.
So, I’m going to go with 4 stars, as Lucky 32 is certainly as good as other places receiving that rating, and in some instances, even better.
Here are the odds:
5 stars — 32 to 1
4.5 stars – 32 to 9
4 stars — 32 to 23
3.5 stars — 32 to 19
3 stars — 32 to 13
2.5 stars — 32 to 5
2 stars — 32 to 4
1.5 stars — 32 to 1.2
1 star — 32 to .32
The one thing we know is that Lucky 32 won’t be getting 32 stars. How many will Greg Cox give it?
Edit, September 3, 2010: Greg Cox gave Lucky 32 3.5 stars in this week’s review. This is one of those reviews where the description of the place, including the food, doesn’t really match up with the rating. Greg is quite positive about the place across the board, with a couple of minor exceptions, which led me to think he wanted to give it 4 stars. But I sense that Greg just couldn’t bring himself to give them that extra half star. What I will say is that a LOT of the dishes on that menu are worthy of 4 stars, but I also have no problem with Greg’s final verdict.