Day 108–A Locavore’s Brunch–Lucky 32

So, I am still thinking about the issue of whether or not local food can be truly accessible. After my last dining out experience, I wasn’t too sure, but we ventured out for a post-5K brunch at Lucky 32 in Cary, and I’m feeling better about it. Lucky 32 has undergone somewhat of a revolution in the past few years. The food has always been good, with a southern emphasis and cool, but family friendly vibe. Over the past 3-4 years, the restaurant rebranded itself as “Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen” and began a Farm to Fork journey that included developing relationships with local meat producers, vegetable farmers, cheese makers and even brewmasters. They are one of the few restaurants in Cary that features a menu of mostly local food.

So, we entered our brunch experience wondering how much our “experience” was going to cost us. Looking over the menu, most of the entrees are in the $6-$10 range, which is pretty good for our area. I quickly honed in on a dish of Carolina Pulled Pork Hash, featuring pulled smoked pork, homefried hash browns, sharp white cheddar plus two eggs scrambled, toast and a spicy sauce called Whistle Pig sauce. The whole thing was $8. When our server approached the table, I asked “Where does your pork source from?” Without batting an eyelash, she said “Mae Farm in Louisburg.” SOLD! Mae Farm is one of our favorite pork producers AND she knew the answer without having to go check with someone. I love her. Tom had the local farm egg omelet with ham, cheese and local grits. Plus we had awesome corn cakes. And when we ate all those, they brought more. Apparently, I carbo-load AFTER a race 🙂

We noticed that the menu has a list of some of the restaurant’s farm partners and a brief description of them, which is nice, and they also sell fresh vegetables at little farm carts around the restaurant. Not sure how successful that is, but it is cute and reminds you that you are not just eating food on a plate, you are supporting a local farmer.

So all total, our brunch came to $18 for the two of us. That is right–$18. That is only $4 more than the one hamburger I had the other night and my brunch was absolutely delicious and almost more than I could eat. Almost.

We decided that this was the best locavore bargain we have had recently. Very good food, not pretentious and served in a friendly atmosphere. If you’re in Cary (or Greensboro), check out Lucky 32 for brunch. Eat local, eat yummy, and don’t break the piggy bank 🙂

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  1. Ooooh! This is awesome!

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